What Say You, Stepping Stone?

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Five minutes ago, I received a push poll from Stepping Stone about children’s media. I tried to explain that I know way too much about this issue to be unbiased in my responses, but the interviewer, working from computer assisted interview software, insisted that I continue. I was read three questions and asked for a […]

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Protecting Kids from the Second Amendment

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In 2009, 7,391 children and youth were hospitalized for firearm-related injuries.  Death occurred in just over 6% of the cases.  This is from a new study released today by Pediatrics, the journal with which I continue to have a dysfunctional relationship.  For example, Pediatrics says that it is important that I know this number, but […]

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Shooting Kids and Shooting Kids

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This past Wednesday, a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez when Lopez allegedly pointed an assault rifle at him. Only it was not an assault rifle. It was a toy designed to look like an assault rifle. ABC News quotes one angry neighbor, Abrey Martin, as saying, “I’m sure you can […]

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Homemade Blowguns vs. Amish Craftsmanship

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Yesterday, Pediatrics – once my cure for poorly-researched and overly-hyped stories about dangers facing kids, but increasingly my source of such material – published an article warning parents about children inhaling darts from homemade blowguns. According to the article, teens use the World Wide Web to learn how to make blowguns out of PVC pipe […]

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Explaining Elections to Kids

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It is the morning after the U.S. Presidential election, and my house, just like America’s metaphorical house, is divided.  My daughter and her 1st grade classmates had backed a different candidate than my wife and I backed.   In discussing this with my daughter, I was reminded of something Lani Guinier said. In 1993, President Bill […]

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Raising Kids by the Numbers

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26.  22.  240. These three numbers trouble me.  No, not in a science fiction way.  I am not seeing these numbers everywhere I look.  I do not believe that they hold the secret to unraveling the mysteries of the Knights Templar, I do not believe that they explain why we are stranded on this island, […]

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The Dog Kids Hate to Bite

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Despite my rosy outlook on the future of our children, I do recognize that they face many dangers. But is choking on hotdogs one of them? The people at Dog Dicer certainly think so. After watching this infomercial and perusing the Dog Dicer Web site, I set out to learn more about the unintentional inhalation […]

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From SpongeBob to Bosch

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A new article by Angeline Lillard and Jennifer Peterson in Pediatrics indicates that four year-olds have a difficult time focusing immediately after watching nine minutes of a fast-paced cartoon (i.e., SpongeBob SquarePants). You can read it here. A recent article by Costas Karageorghis and David-Lee Pries in the Sport Journal describes ten years of research […]

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Let Grandpa Drive

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Be honest. Do you worry about your kids’ safety when their grandparents, your parents, drive them places? Do you worry about your safety when your parents drive you places? A little bit? A lot? One of my daughter’s grandparents drives like a New York City cab driver; all acceleration and breaking with no in-between. (I […]

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Toy Fair Fare

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I recently was hired to work on a project with Neil Howe.  Along with his partner, William Straus, Neil coined the term “Millennials.”  More importantly, his work has contributed in a profound way to how we think about generations, their different proclivities, and their particular approaches to relationships. As I went to Toy Fair yesterday, […]

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