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- School lunches get a makeover: Parenting.com has a good summary on this long-awaited change to USDA guidelines for school lunches that was announced by Michelle Obama last week. In short, we can expect more whole grains, fruits and veggies, low-fat or nonfat milk, and a limit on sodium and calories. Overall, this seems like a big win for kids and families, though Time's Healthland columnist asks the age-old question -- does presenting more sides of broccoli equal eating more broccoli? -- and suggests that smart meal planning is critical to getting kids to actually eat the healthier food.
- According to numbers released by the CDC on Thursday, home births are on the rise since 2004. What probably won't surprise you is that the Northwest is a hot spot: Montana and Oregon have the highest percentage of home births, with Washington and Idaho also among the states with the highest rate.
- We're late on this, but this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners were announced last week: The title that won the Newbery Award was Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos, a story of an 11-year-old boy set in 1962. A Ball for Daisy, a wordless book by Chris Raschka, won the Caldecott Medal. Lots of other youth literature awards were also announced. Full list is available on the ALA site.
- Is dadphobia a real phenomenon?
- An argument for not restricting online access for teenagers.
- Why Gingrich's wish to scrutinize IVF clinics is not the worst idea, according to Seattle-based Healthland columnist Bonnie Rochman.
- Is car culture hurting our kids' independence?