Recently Perri Klass, MD blogged for the New York Times about the “Endless Barrage of Hard Sell” aimed at our children though marketing messages. The post underscores the reasons I’ve found myself having conversations with my young sons lately about commercials: what they are, and what they’re trying to accomplish. I want them to understand that just because they see and hear … [Read more...] about Little Consumers, Big Marketing
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"Eco-friendly" is a big-time buzzword in the home-cleaning aisles at nearly every store. Specialty companies offer cleaning supplies of all sorts, often in distinctive packaging and fragrances. Even common household names are getting in on the green trend and marketing their own eco-friendly cleaning products. Eco-friendly cleaners often come with a higher price tag, but you … [Read more...] about Eco-Friendly Cleaners vs Regular Household Cleaners
A baby’s nerve pathways in the ears and neural system in the brain start developing as early as the twenty-sixth week, which is when the baby will begin responding to sounds and voices regularly. Introducing music and words while your baby is still growing inside of you may increase your baby’s intelligence; many expectant parents can start talking to their babies in the womb, … [Read more...] about How Does Reading During Pregnancy Increase a Baby’s Intelligence?
It takes 21 days to break an old habit, or form a new one. That's something I can work with. Of course to be all scientific about it, this isn’t based on any clinical evidence, only empirical data. So if, for example, you're trying to quit smoking - don't beat yourself up if you're still craving a smoke after 21 days, because it's going to take a lot more than that. But … [Read more...] about 21 Days To Quit Sucking (Thumbs)
Dear College, Thank you for hosting my daughter and me for a campus tour. We had a great time. The campus was lovely. Our guide was perky, charming, and enthusiastic, and your facilities are amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I was a bit taken aback. I mean, WOW! For a minute I almost forgot we were touring a college campus, and not visiting a posh resort. I realize it has … [Read more...] about NFL Caliber Fitness Centers and Other Things My College Freshman Can Do Without