Crib notes: Childrens' books, fundraisers and 'crack for babies'

Sep. 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM ET

Amusing anecdotes, helpful hints and interesting items about parenting from around the Web. Parsing the classics: Taking a closer, harder look at “The Giving Tree.” “Pavement Patty”: Canadian traffic safety uses an optical illusion to slow drivers down. Prioritizing parental anxiety: Five worries you should drop (and five to keep). Just say no: How to opt out of pushy school fundraising pleas. A new chapter: One blogging mother welcomes a year with all her kids in school. “Baby Einstein”: While evidently ‘like crack for babies,’ is it even effective? What about you? Spotted anything noteworthy on the Web that you’d like to share with TODAY Moms? Let us know in the comments below.