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Weirdo Parents Mail Chicken Pox Infected Lollipops To Other Parents

I've heard of chicken pox parties before. And I think that they're insane. What's a chicken pox party, you may ask? Well, basically it's parents getting some kids who have the chicken pox together with a group of kids who don't have the chicken pox so that the healthy kids can get infected. While to some parents it may make sense, all I can think is, "Dude, you just got your kid sick. On purpose."  What ever happened to letting kids get things organically? I think that I got the chicken pox at the same time that my older brother got them. Why? Because we lived in the same house. How did he get them? From some kid at preschool who came to school with them before they had really showed up. That's the way that chicken pox should be spread. Not by crazy parents.

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meddygarnet, Getty Images
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Panel Says Kids Should Get Cholesterol Tests by Age 11 — Health Check

In a country with a soaring childhood obesity rate, doctors on an expert panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics announced Friday that children should be tested for high cholesterol as early as age 9.

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Peanut Butter Price Hike Could Make Things Sticky for Consumers

Peanut butter has been a staple for frugal food lovers for years, but a looming price increase could make it more of a luxury item before the end of the year.

Facing shortages after a dismal peanut harvest, producers have begun implementing steep price hikes, and consumers will start feeling the pinch this week — adding to a general rise in the cost of food throughout 2011. 

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How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Child? (Video)

I'm one of those people that make faces when asked if I want to have children. Oops. I don't mean too. I don't hate kids... I'm just not ready. And they seem like a lot of work.  As if I wasn't already adverse to having kids, new statistics give me more of a reason to be not so into it-- kids are freakin' expensive!

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Study Discovers Wealthier Parents More Likely to Download Apps for Kids

A new study by the San Francisco-based non-profit group Common Sense Media found that affluent parents download apps specifically for their young children more than parents of lesser financial means do.

Deemed the “app gap,” researchers found almost half of families with incomes above $75,000 had downloaded such apps, compared with only one in eight families earning less than $30,000. Lower-income families were also more likely to have televisions in their kids’ bedrooms.

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Category: Family/Kids, Parenting
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9 News
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Should Colorado Boy Be Allowed to Join Girl Scouts?

A 7-year-old Denver boy was turned away by a local Girl Scout troop when he asked to become a member. Despite his gender, Bobby Montoya has been into “girl stuff” since he was two, according to his mother Felisha Archuleta.

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Category: Family/Kids, Parenting
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Study Says Teenagers Are Bombarded with Alcohol Brand Name-Dropping in Music

In a new study published Thursday, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth University found that American teens who listen to music hear about 34 name-brand references to alcohol every day — something that could contribute to teen substance abuse.

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Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images
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Study Shows TV Can Hinder the Development of Children Under 2

Pediatricians and development experts have strongly urged parents, once again, to limit the amount of television their young children watch.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a recommendation to all parents of children under 2 years old Tuesday. It stressed that any time spent in front of a video screen provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and can even delay development by leaving less time for important interaction and play.

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Jon Ovington, Flickr
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Eight Percent of Parents Regret Their Child’s Name — Survey of the Day

Naming a child is usually the first big decision a new parent makes, and one that almost one and ten would like to do be able to do again.

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Category: Family/Kids, Parenting
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Parents Warned Against Using Bumper Pads in Cribs

In its latest guidelines for doctors, the American Academy of Pediatrics is advising against the usage of bumper pads in cribs, saying they may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

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Seems My Friends Were “Busy” Around The Holidays

Think back about 9 months... what was going on?

Well, Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc., of course! And also, at least in my circle of friends, a lot of "extracurricular activities"... In the past week, not one, not two, not even three, but six of my friends have given birth! Six! Four little boys and two little girls.

Apparently, this isn't totally uncommon.

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(flickr, Muskingum University Library)
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Think Banned Books Are A Thing Of The Past? Think Again.

Did you know that this week is Banned Books Week? I guess a better question would be, did you even know that there were still banned books?

I remember back when I was a kid, the topic of "banned books" was a big one. I never really understood it then, and I certainly don't understand it now. I was an avid reader as a kid. I begged my parents to buy me a new book almost every time we went to the store. Those Scholastic Book Order things they gave us once a month? There were at least five books that I wanted every month off of that thing (my parents very rarely let me order them, though). I've never understood the idea of banned books, I guess, because I figure that books are something that parents should be able to police on their own.

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