If Rihanna's looking for a new backup dancer, she need look no further. He may be young, but clearly he's got all the right moves and his mastery of Microsoft's Kinect game, Dance Central, proves it. The little tyke was caught on camera, dancing along to Rihanna's "Disturbia," at a mall's Microsoft store, while the game was set on the "hard" level. If Rihanna herself doesn't snatch him up, Microsoft's advertising folks should give him a call -- undoubtedly, a lot of people would buy a Kinect after seeing that little cutie get down.
Are Chinese abortions of baby girls affecting U.S.-China economic relations? China and India both have reputations for preferring boys to girls when it comes to family planning. That many couples turn to abortion to ensure their baby is male is not news. What may be news to many is what the effects of this practice might be. A new book, titled, "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men,"by Mara Hvistendahl, discusses some of the unforeseen consequences of parents opting to have boys rather than girls. One such result is that China now faces a shortage of women and families wishing to secure a bride for their son are saving increasing amounts of money to do so, and purchasing U.S. Treasury bonds is a favored method of saving. Hvistendahl's book discusses this and other potential problems that could derive from a society which is too-heavily male-dominated.
While many parents focus on helping their children secure spots on sports teams, (ahem, baseball mom) what they should be doing is getting their kids to sign up for the debate team. That is, if those parents want their kids to successfully climb the corporate ladder later in life. A new study shows that kids who join academic clubs are more likely to obtain management positions as adults than kids who participated in sports or musical programs. Unsurprisingly, student government is another fast-track to success club.
Reproductive technology is advancing at a rapid rate and becoming increasingly mainstream. Egg donors, sperm donors, surrogates, maybe even womb donation soon... It used to take a village to raise a child, now it seems it takes a village to conceive a child. While we're quick to adapt to the technology and are happy to get the kids here, any old way we can, some say what we're struggling with, is how to explain the circumstances of the conceptionto the affected kids once they're here.
Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.