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Crib notes: Meeting the sperm donor, high-tech kids and strawberry lube

The best in parenting news and blogs from around the Web. By Dana Macario, TODAY Moms ContributorWith pre-tweens setting up online playdates and toddlers asking to leave their grandparents a voicemail, it's clearly a brave new world.  While we've accepted that our young ones can expertly navigate smart phones and assume every screen is a touch screen, sometimes it's amazing to think of all of th

The best in parenting news and blogs from around the Web.

By Dana Macario, TODAY Moms Contributor

With pre-tweens setting up online playdates and toddlers asking to leave their grandparents a voicemail, it's clearly a brave new world.  While we've accepted that our young ones can expertly navigate smart phones and assume every screen is a touch screen, sometimes it's amazing to think of all of the things that were common (or even high-tech) in our lifetime that are already obsolete for them.  Now where's that anti-aging wrinkle cream?

Just say no to drugs.  A new study from Yale University shows that babies who are given antibiotics prior to six months of age are up to 70% more likely to develop asthma.  This study will likely give parents and pediatricians pause before prescribing antibiotics to the extremely young.

2011 is shaping up to be the year of unconventional conception stories.  Two new reports in the journal Human Reproduction show that kids who were conceived by artificial insemination and then meet their donor parents later in life aren't harmed by the experience and that the donor parents usually benefitted from the meeting as well.

Order up! Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with apple slices for Sally; PB&J, no crusts and half of a banana for Johnny...  Are your kids such picky eaters that you often feel like a short-order cook?  Sometimes it can be hard for a parent to differentiate typical kid picky eating behavior from more deep-rooted eating issues.

Speaking of picky eaters... When nearly 80% of adults eat almost no vegetables (even if a piece of lettuce on a burger is considered a vegetable) it's no surprise that kids are eating so few veggies themselves.  Will introducing kids to backyard vegetable gardening help warm them up to the idea of the strange green things crowding the fries on their plates?

The strawberry lube was a deal-breaker. A New Hampshire high school is barring a group from distributing safe-sex kits to students after discovering the kits' contents included flavored lubricant and candy, as well as condoms.

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