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‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Affects Kids’ Ability To Focus? Sounds Made Up.

Why can't people just leave poor SpongeBob alone? Are they just jealous haters? Do they secretly covet his pineapple under the sea?

Back in '05 he faced scrutiny because some Christian evangelical group's leader thought that he was gay, and now, a study suggests that he's rotting the brains of America's youth. (At least he's not eating their brains. Though how awesome would zombie SpongeBob be?)

The study, published online today by the medical journal Pediatrics, found watching even just a little bit of  SpongeBob negatively affected 4-year-olds’ attention spans.

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Canadian Radio Station Is Giving Away A Baby

We give away all sorts of cool stuff here on Channel 957, but we draw the line at giving away people. Specifically babies.

I mean, where would be even keep a baby? My office shouldn't be inhabited by anyone, let alone a child, and the prize closet is kind of full. No room for a pack and play.

But, as it turns out, some radio stations actually do give away human babies. Hot 89.9 in Ottawa, Canada is having a "Win a Baby" contest.

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‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ Mom Dresses Up 3-Year-Old Like A Prostitute. On Purpose. [VIDEO]

I seriously need to stop watching 'Toddlers and Tiaras'. This week's episode is going to prove to be even worse than last week's where the little girl wore a padded bra to look like Dolly Parton. This week? Well, I'm guessing it's going to cause a lot of outrage among most normal-thinking people.

A preview shows three-year-old Paisley dressed to mimic Julia Roberts' character from the movie 'Pretty Woman'. In which she played a prostitute.

The outfit includes, but is not limited to, thigh-high boots and a skin-tight mini skirt. And, of course, it wouldn't be complete without a blonde wig!

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5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework

Fall means school, and school means homework, and homework –- for many a family -– means stress and arguments. But getting homework done doesn’t have to be a daily battle. Here are a few easy ways for parents to make the routine a little easier for kids.

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Putting Your Kid In A Padded Bra? Just Another Episode Of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ [VIDEO]

"Toddlers & Tiaras"... I have no words. This show is such a train wreck, but I can't help but watch every time I come across it. I've seen the episode where that poor little girl is terrified about getting her eyebrows waxed. I've seen the one with the little boy who is a full blown diva at the age of six. I've seen the way that these mothers act towards their children, and I don't get it.

I'm sure that part of it is that these women are living vicariously through their cute-as-a-button four year old, but seriously? The things that they say to these kids should have CPS knocking on their doors.

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Illinois Mom Beats Adult Children In Court

Growing up, there were certain things that I could count on. On random holidays (Halloween, 4th of July, Thanksgiving) I would get a card in the mail from my aunt and uncle who live in Gaylord with a dollar in it. My grandmother would probably give me a check for $11 on my birthday. And if I told my parents that I needed yet another pair of new shoes for yet another sport, they were probably going to tell me to buy them with my own money because I already had plenty of shoes (which I did). I think that that was a pretty normal childhood, even though my parents didn't want to buy me 47 new pairs of shoes every year, I don't consider them to be bad parents.

That's because I'm normal. You probably feel the same about your parents. And that's because you're normal, too. These kids I'm about to tell you about, they are in no way normal.

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New Kids’ Book ‘Maggie Goes On A Diet’ Causing Controversy

A new children's book is causing quite a stir.

The book, titled, 'Maggie Goes on a Diet' has sparked controversy among moms and health advocates who claim it sends the wrong message.

The book is about a 14-year old girl who is overweight and bullied relentlessly until she goes on a diet and loses weight.

She then becomes a star soccer player and gains popularity in school.

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Lingerie For Four Year Olds? No Thanks, France.

I have to say it again, I know I'm not a parent, but... I’m pretty liberal when it comes to fashion, and I’m all for kids playing dress up at home. But I can't imagine letting a child put on lingerie -- not even inside the house. Wanting to look fabulous is one thing, but looking sexy as a kindergartener is not. 

And, frankly, it's kind of creepy

That’s why I have to wonder what kind of mother would buy her daughter items from Jours Après Lunes, a new French lingerie and loungewear line aimed at girls 4- to 12-years-old.

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Not Normal: Parents Spending $32,000 On A 6-Year-Old’s Birthday Party

Did you catch the season premiere of TLC's Outrageous Kid Parties last night? In case you missed it, it was basically two half-hours of complete and total insanity. It's almost too hard to describe. But, I'll try. Basically the only description that you need is "insane".

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5 Fun After School Activities That Keep Kids Learning

A child’s day doesn’t end when the final school bell rings. In fact for many children it’s just beginning. Where to go for ideas? Oddly, pull from what your kids love most about school — and think outside the sandbox. From the physical, to the

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(flickr, Jeffrey Beall)
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Brown Bag Lunches Could Cause Illness

Brown bag lunches packed by parents can be an inexpensive alternative to school-prepared lunches, but they can also make kids sick if not kept at a safe temperature, according to a new study.

Even lunches that include ice packs can reach unsafe temperatures.

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Awkward Pregnancy Photos – A Disturbing New Trend

You know, I feel like I start out a lot of my blogs with "I don't have kids, but..." or some sort of variation of it. And I'm going to do it again.

I've never been pregnant, but I can't believe some of the photos that women let people take of them when they are.  I mean, I get wanting to document your upcoming bundle of joy, and that's fine. When done tastefully. And preferably clothed.

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