This month's postings, November 2008
Getting a D?
Is your baby’s nutrition making the grade? Not if he’s not getting enough vitamin D, say experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group has just announced that it’s doubling the amount of D it recommends for kids of all ages — from 200 IU to 400 IU per day, starting in the first few days of life. Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with rickets, growth failure, lethargy, respiratory infections and more; now, D deficiency is thought to be linked to type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and some cancers.
Give the bickering a rest, if you want your kids to thrive in school. That’s the conclusion of the National Institute of Mental Health’s new study on the impact of parental fighting. Researchers checked in with hundreds of kids over three years. No surprise: Kids who worried about their parents’ frequent fighting had a tougher time in school, mostly because of stress and trouble concentrating.
Google your noodle
If you live to surf, here’s good news: Researchers at UCLA say they’ve found proof that Internet searches are good for your brain! Scientists studied older people, ages 55 to 76, and found that Internet searching engages neural circuitry that isn’t activated by simple reading — but only in those with prior Internet experience. So, those late-night Google fests are really just you laying the groundwork for your future mental health. Surf on!
If you’ve got sex on the brain, you’re not alone! ParentMap’s ongoing sex poll is turning up interesting trends among local moms — many of whom aren’t getting enough. We asked moms, “What would you change about your sex life?” A full 66 percent said they’d like to have more or better sex. Sixteen percent said they’d like more emotional closeness, and another 14 percent want more foreplay. Some spice girls — 24 percent — said they’d like to try something new, like toys or new positions. Only 8 percent said they wish they’d have less sex. Listening, Daddy-O?
ParentMap has crossed state lines! We are excited to bring our Passport e-news to Portland parents. Our new Portland events diva, Sharon Hennessey, is rounding up the fun, deals and giveaways for folks below the Columbia. Be sure to tell your peeps in the City of Roses to sign up for the free newsletter: Same great Passport, new great city! Are you getting it yet? Sign up! It’s fast … it’s free … and it’s fun.
She’s one of the best friends a family could have; now, ParentMap Superhero Nina Auerbach is bringing her superpowers to Thrive by Five. Nina, who founded Childcare Resources and has helped about a gazillion local kids, will now head up TB5. We’re excited — and send her our heartfelt congratulations.
— Kristen Dobson