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Crib notes: Compliments better than sex, best books and finding missing kids

Just text me, Gramps.  It's no secret that the elderly are generally more reluctant to embrace new technology, while teens are usually on the cutting edge.  Teens are increasingly teaching older Americans how to navigate that World Wide Webby-thing, to the benefit of everyone involved.  Learning new skills helps seniors keep their cognitive skills sharp (and allows them to see pictures of their

Just text me, Gramps.  It's no secret that the elderly are generally more reluctant to embrace new technology, while teens are usually on the cutting edge.  Teens are increasingly teaching older Americans how to navigate that World Wide Webby-thing, to the benefit of everyone involved.  Learning new skills helps seniors keep their cognitive skills sharp (and allows them to see pictures of their grandkids on Facebook), while the teens learn patience and empathy.

 A mother in the U.K. has frozen her eggs so that her own daughter (now two and born without ovaries) might someday give birth - to her own sibling.  Good luck explaining that family tree.  Moral implications of giving birth to your own half-sibling aside, is this a bit like the mom who saves her wedding gown for her daughter to wear at her own wedding?  They never do, you know...

A new study shows that college students prefer compliments more than sex.  Savvy college men have long found that the former often leads to the latter.

60 students, four teachers, and one classroom.  A revolutionary teaching style that will foster independence and inquiry, or just a recipe for chaos?  One school in Brooklyn is giving this new model a try.  Would you want your kid in this class?

Oh, the babies born at 1:11 on 1/11/11.  Just wait till November 11th, with the births at 11:11.  And then next year, the ones born at 12:12 on 12/12/12...  If nothing else, as adults, these kids will always have a handy bit of trivia to share during those uncomfortable corporate ice-breakers.

Looking for some new books to tempt your kids into reading? The American Library Association named its winners this week.  Check out the list of the newest Newbery and Caldecott winners.

A bunch of missing children might turn up found, thanks to -- the IRS?  Many missing children are abducted by family members, who while displaying unsavory child-stealing behaviors, remain upstanding citizens when it comes to filing taxes.  The Treasury Department recently discovered the social security numbers of more than 500 missing children who had been claimed on tax forms after they'd been reported missing.  A bill is being introduced in Congress that would allow the IRS to share this information with law enforcement (it's currently prohibited from sharing these records).