Wed Aug 22
New York City is infamous for streets jammed with angry, aggressive drivers; we all know that, but did you know that your kids might be picking up your bad driving habits long before Driver’s Ed.? According to Reuters, a survey conducted by the Marketing Services Research on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance found that eight out of ten kids aged 10 to 18 are paying attention to their parents’ driving at least half of the time. So even when you think your mini-me is too distracted by iPods or DVDs to notice you giving the bird to a crazy cab driver, she’s probably still watching. And while the article reports that kids may follow in their parent’s tire tracks, I have my doubts. I don’t drive, talk on the phone, read and put on makeup all at once like my mother does. (Sorry, mom, you know it’s true!) Why? Because two or three totaled vehicles later, she had scared me out of following her bad behavior. And I’m pretty sure the kid from the survey who reported that...
Today's fresh links!
Wed Aug 22
If you think you’re the only one stressing, think again. In our August issue, we wrote about kids who are so piled up with homework, that long division ends in tears. Today, the Washington Post published an article about kids with high blood pressure and how it often goes untreated. Of nearly 2 million kids suffering from Hypertension, only one quarter is aware and gets treatment. It’s 3am, you have to get up in four hours, and your tot has a horrible, hacking cough that’s making both if you miserable. Cough syrup seems like the solution, but hold off; The FDA is urging parents to ask a doctor before giving young kids cough medicine. For kids under six, cough medicine can harmful; it increases heart rate and can raise blood pressure. If your kid won’t touch anything green, take heart; it is not a reflection of your parenting skills. A study performed at University College London has found that “nearly 80% of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was...
The wait is almost over
Fri Aug 17
Let the countdown begin! High School Musical 2 premieres in approximately 4 hours on the Disney Channel (that's 8pm EST). Better rush home from work and get the couch set up for some quality family time. We know: the phenomenon's cheese-factor can feel out of control for the Disney-intolerant. But, oh, those tunes are so catchy.
Go see this now!
Thu Aug 16
Last night, amid many empty seats, I laughed my head off watching the fantastic Fringe Jr. show, Myles the Hypoallergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends. If there were justice in the world, the cozy studio at the Cherry Lane Theatre would have been packed. The storyline is both topical and gleefully silly: a floppy-haired puppet reveals his life-long battle with allergies through a series of flashback vignettes. Of course, there’s much more to the show than simple storytelling, due in large part to the comedic talents of actor Dave Horak. Through some very fast costume changes, Horak manages to play nearly every character in the show (aside from the nasal, loveable Myles). His romps across the stage as the coy, pink-haired love interest, Emer, a discoing cat and a devilish peanut are not to be missed; nor is his kid-pleasing turn as pollen, with a bubble shooter in hand. There are two performances left (Friday at 7:45pm, and Saturday at 6:45pm). Tickets are $10. Go, go,...
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