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Posts from October 2012


The worst Halloween Candy for kids is...

The Seven Worst Halloween Candies for Kids

 "Women's Day" magazine put together a list of the most unhealthy Halloween candies for kids.  All of them are either high in calories, bad for their teeth, or BOTH. 

#1.)  Snickers.  The main reason they're bad is the caramel, which gets stuck in their teeth and causes cavities.  That's one reason 3 Musketeers are a better choice.  Plus, they have fewer calories.   

#2.)  Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins.  One of them has as many calories as two normal Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  One regular cup has 88 calories.  One Peanut Butter Pumpkin has 180.

#3.)  Candy Corn.  It's worse than most other types of candy, because it's nothing but sugar, artificial coloring, and artificial flavors. 

#4.)  Tootsie Pops.  Actually, any kind of lollipop is bad for your kid's teeth, simply because they take so long to eat.  Most types of candy only stay in your mouth for a few seconds.  But lollipops can take five or ten minutes to finish. 

#5.)  Starburst.  Each piece is about 15 calories, which isn't that bad.  But they're loaded with fat and sugar.  In fact, ten Starbursts have about the same amount of sugar as five-and-a-half SUGAR PACKETS. 

#6.)  Sour Patch Kids.  Again, they stick to your teeth and cause cavities.  But they also have high levels of acid in them, which breaks down your enamel and causes even more cavities.

#7.)  Fun Dip.  If you don't remember, it's basically a hard white stick of sugar that you dip into more sugar.  So it's pretty obvious why it's bad for you.  One serving has 50 calories, and sometimes one package has three servings in it.

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Reporter gets hit in the head by a Football
Don't you hate when things like this gets caught on tape? Watch this hilarious video of a reporter on the sideline who gets hit by a random football.
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10 Reasons that Daycare is awesome
1. She eats better
Sitting at a table with little friends, there is no refusing food without going hungry the rest of the day. Which means she'll eat more, eat better, and be introduced to new foods.
 
2. Growing independence
He washes his hands, puts on his shoes and socks, potties, puts on his jacket, etc. all by himself. These are skills that both teachers and peer guidance helped him learn quickly!
3. She learns to take a turn
She has to raise her hand in circle time and wait in line...learning that it's not about instant gratification is an excellent life skill.
4. The teacher-child relationship
His wonderful teachers give him two more adults that he adores and trusts, that help guide him through life. It's also great for me to have folks that I trust to watch him and report back to me on everything he does that day.
5. Getting ready for real school
He learns to interact with his peers, his elders, and in a "school setting." By the time he gets to kindergarten, he will be well-adjusted to a classroom schedule, including lunch at a table with friends and taking a nap on a mat.
6. Making momma friends
Make friends with the other moms in your kid's class for working mom support and ideas. Hang out on the weekends!
7. Way better art class
Momma's version of art is markers and playdoh. Maybe. Teachers bring in scissors, glue, paint, and all the fun messy stuff. He creates way more at daycare than he did at home!
8. They're hands-on all the time
Science, foreign language, yoga poses, songs, dancing...they do it all. Which means there's no television, no boring errands to run with mom, and no momma losing her temper.
9. Learning to play
You'll probably find his imagination take off, along with role playing and interactive play, instead of parallel play. The teachers do a great job of including the entire class in structured play.
10. He meets his best friends
They play together on the weekends and he chatters the whole way home about he played trucks with one little boy, then went sliding with another. (see also: far more birthday party invitations!)
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