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    Woo, Baby!

    Fri Nov 2

    Join Realbirth this weekend as they celebrate the grand opening of their new Midtown West location. Revelers can take part in free Baby & Me classes all day, plus sling and carrier demonstrations, face painting, balloon twisting, drinks, snacks and more. See schedule of classes below. All ages. 10:00-10:20: Creative Play 8-30 mos 10:30-10:50: Urban Naturalist Playgroup 18-36 mos 11:00-11:20: En Espanol walking-36 mos12:30pm: Baby Legs Fall Fashion Show 1:30-1:50: En Espanol Crawling 2:00-3:00: Sling & Carrier Demonstrations 3:00-3:20: Infant Massage 3:30-3:50: Baby Sign LanguageSat 3 10am-5pm. Realbirth, 715 9th Ave between 48th and 49th Sts (212-367-9006, realbirth.org). Subway: C, E to 50th St. FREE.  

    The Scariest Kids Movie Ever. Ever.

    Wed Oct 31

    Think any G-rated movie is okay for your kids? Think again. In honor of Halloween, Time magazine put together a fun slide show of the top 25 horror movies of all time. Of course, the likes of The Exorcist, Alien and Jaws showed up, but one classic Disney film also made the list: Bambi.  Yes, I'll admit that Bambi might not be 100-percent kid-friendly (hello, Bambi's mom dies), but I'm not sure it packs the same nightmare-inducing punch as, say, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Still, to get the real deal on Bambi, we went to an expert. Keep reading to find out what Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at NY Presbyterian Hospital, Greg Dillon, had to say. "[It's] No surprise and very insightful that Time named Bambi among the top 25 horror films. What makes horror truly terrifying is not simply fear, which is objective (i.e, be afraid of a knife-wielding criminal), but anxiety—the object of which is unknown and less rational (i.e, What happened to...

    Sugar monster

    Mon Oct 29

    Could the sugar high be just a myth?   Many parents are likely to disagree, but we still recommend taking a look at today’s Los Angeles Times. In lieu of Halloween, it has included a lengthy roundup of the various studies that have sought to prove the existence of sugar-induced hyperactivity. As much as candy-hysteria seems to be a real phenomenon (not to mention a reason to limit a kid’s access to the candy stash), most studies found no significant evidence. A 1994 study in The New England Journal of Medicine found no difference in hyperness between kids who were given a high-sugar diet and kids who were given Aspartame (the active ingredient in Nutrasweet and Equal) instead. A 12-study review in 1996’s Critical Reviews in Food Science found no negative effects of sugar on the behavior of normal children. A 2006 study in Human Psychopharmacology that gave healthy adults either a sugar-laden energy drink or sugar-free drink found that more sugar didn’t result in a peak of...

    Britney Spears Halloween Costumes

    Mon Oct 29

      Reading parenting headlines without seeing a mention of Britney Spears is virtually impossible. Seriously, do a Google News search for "parenting" and the first item to pop up has to do with the pop tart. In case you're curious, her mother, Lynne Spears, has inked a deal with Christian book publisher Thomas Nelson Inc., to write a tell-all on raising a family in the tabloid spotlight. All recent Britney gossip aside, the story got me thinking about something I saw at a decidedly adult Halloween party this weekend. The most popular costumes by far were of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. One woman even brought a doll with her and pretended to drop it throughout the evening, a la Britney almost dropping son Sean Preston on his head. In the office this morning, the web editor for Time Out New York showed off a new haircut. He, too, had gone as Kevin and had shaved a "K-Fed" design into his head. I was rather bemused by how much Britney's audience has changed....

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