Tue Jun 19
An article in today's Los Angeles Times warns parents of the culinary perils their children could face if they don't pay their lunch tab debts: the cheese sandwich. At some schools like the Chula Vista Elementary Schools in California, a cheese sandwich is replacing normal lunchtime favorites such as mac and cheese, burgers and pizza for children whose parents let their kids' lunch tabs go over $5. School districts across the nation are introducing lunchtime punishment programs like Chula Vista's to try and lower annual debts created by parents who forget to (or can't) pay for their children's lunches. Although the food of dishonorable distinction differs from school to school (the Chula Vista schools serve up the cheese sandwich, but other schools substitute peanut butter or cheese on crackers), parents say that one thing's universal: the foods stigmatize children whose parents can't afford to pay for their lunches. In the article, one mother, who requested anonymity,...
New York's Newest, Through a Classic Lens
Tue Jun 19
In case the traditional approach of planting your child in front of a dull-colored, plastic background for his first portrait doesn't appeal to you, we recommend checking out Classic Kids Photography. The studio, created and run by former tax attorney Julie Floyd, opened its first Manhattan location about a week ago on the Upper East Side (1182 Lexington Ave at 81st St; 212-396-1160, classickidsphotography.com). Floyd's approach is based on a highly artistic vision, and the resulting black-and white photos thus stand out as candid and imaginative. These kids appear to be caught in a comfortable moment, not forced into an artificial pose. As a result, they are much more pleasant to keep on your wall for years to come, and aren't likely to cause embarrassment when your child grows up.
Tough-Shelled Turtle Lovers
Mon Jun 18
American youth frequently gets labeled as politically apathetic. Political and environmental crises are in the forefront of grown-up minds, Internet browsers and airwaves, but for whatever reason, teenagers and college students often seem too distracted or too overwhelmed to react, let alone form their own movements. Perhaps our teenagers should look to Canada's Peterborough County for inspiration. A local group of kids who call themselves 'Kids 4 Turtles' are protesting in an organized manner after the Peterborough County Council has refused to replace stolen or damaged "Turtle Crossing"-signs. In 2001, Kids 4 Turtles led the initiative to install the original signage that the council now finds too distracting to drivers and too confusing in its design. 13-year-old Cameron McNabb published a thorough editorial in the Peterborough Examiner last Thursday, and this Wednesday his organization plans to attend the county council meeting. He has secured funding for new signs...
The Evils of...Baby Puree?
Mon Jun 18
As if new parents didn't have to hear enough words of warning, Unicef's Baby Friendly Initiative has issued another one. Its deputy director, Gill Rapley, says that pureed baby food may delay a toddler's ability to chew and use his or her hands skillfully, reports UK's Telegraph . Not to mention, pureed treats can cause constipation and encourage future pickiness with food. To weave parents off the dangerous path of pureed foods, Rapley has come out with a DVD titled 'Baby-Led Weaning.' The feeding program is based on the idea that kids older than six months should be in charge of what they put in their mouths. In other words, parents should transition their babies straight from breastfeeding to real, chewable foods. Purees aren't scientifically necessary, she alleges. We are wondering if Unicef should perhaps focus on more pressing topics of children's well being? Plenty of etiquette masters and adventurous eaters have, after all, enjoyed their own share of pureed foods...
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