Visit Granny or visit jail. Chinese authorities are considering passing a law that would make it mandatory for people to visit their elderly parents and grandparents. No word yet on whether kids will be able to apply for exemptions if Granny's an excessive cheek-pincher or hair-ruffler.
Rudeness: You're soaking in it! Or your child is, rather. One neurologist suggests that today's kids live in a hostile environment, which causes stress and breeds rudeness. The stress of figuring out how to raise a happy, healthy, successful child sometimes makes us want to flip someone the finger. Wonder where our kids get it?
Do your kids know how to play? Two Harvard professors recommend more play-based education for children to ensure success later on. We've covered the subject before, and it looks like the research is pretty strong: kids need to play! So can we bring recess back, already?
In the past, orphaned babies were used as guinea pigs at several universities, including Cornell, to test out child-rearing theories. Young women, enrolled in a home economics program, served as "practice mothers" for the babies. Sometimes a team of up to eight, rotating mothers would be responsible for an infant's care. Some people are horrified to discover this practice existed for 60 years and others see no difference between the "practice mothers" and the daycare experience. What do you think?
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