A New Argument for the Case Against Selfies: Social Media Lice

School is back in session, which means the return of a possible threat: head lice! According to the CDC, an estimated 6 million to 12 million lice infestations occur every year in the United States, among children ages 3 to 11. While teenagers usually don’t get head lice as often as younger children, medical experts are seeing an increase in cases—and they’re blaming selfies.

Source: A New Argument for the Case Against Selfies: Social Media Lice

Remember not to take selfies with bison either!

The key to not getting lice is not washing your hair every day. And liberal use of hair gel/mouse/other styling products. Lice like clean hair. So, the not washing every day and the styling products help.  Tea tree oil as a preventative doesn’t seem to work for most people – the idea is lice don’t like the smell.

Do You Cook with Your Kids?

Want to involve your kids in cooking? We’ve put together a list of all the ways young kids can help out in the kitchen, with activities tailored to their age and ability. So whether they’re two or 10, you can train up a little sous chef!

Source: How Young Kids Can Help in the Kitchen

It’s a great life skill, and it’s been suggested as therapy for treating depression and stress.  I have a co-worker who is keen to teach his kids how to cook by starting with the things they like – various desserts.  And they too have to learn about chopping onions eventually? 😉

Scientist Develops Book to Send Children to Sleep in Minutes

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish behavioural psychologist and linguist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin and is currently outselling Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman and Paula Hawkins The Girl on The Train.

The 26 page paperback, which is the first self-published work to ever top the Amazon charts, uses psychological and positive reinforcement techniques to help children relax, focus and eventually drift off.

Source: Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

Not to be confused with Go the F to Sleep 😉

New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

If you have kids, you invariably get sick more often—but how often, exactly? A new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine reveals that big families have viral infections for an amazing 87 percent of the year.

Source: New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

Kids, especially young ones, pick up everything.  The only avenue I could see skewing the findings in the study would be for people who work in healthcare.  I don’t think I’ve ever been sicker than when I worked in a hospital, and that was on the maternity ward.

The study confirms what we’ve known, but provides nothing of real value.  Is anyone going to stop having kids because of this?

Yes, Men Gain Weight When They Become Dads, Study Confirms

Dad bod is real. Science says so.

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study that tracked more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Men who didn’t become dads actually lost weight over the same time period.

Source: Yes, men gain weight when they become dads, study confirms

Sleep deprivation, stress, convenience eating, feeling you don’t have to work as hard to find a mate…

Study: Kids Exposed to Toxic Chemicals on Artificial Turf

A new study shows that ground rubber found in sports fields and playgrounds often contains cancer-causing chemicals.

The so-called “crumb-rubber” — recycled tires that are crushed to bits — is used as padding in synthetic turf fields and in some playgrounds all over Northeast Ohio.

Source: Investigator | New study shows kids exposed to toxic chemicals on artificial turf

It’s not just an “anything causes cancer” argument as others are trying to make it out to be. Out of 124 cancer patients who were primarily soccer players, 84 were goalies (meaning they had a lot more contact with the rubber than other players).

Ground up tire rubber is from old tires:

  • Tire rubber contains cobalt as part of the vulcanization process.
  • Tires drive thousands of miles on asphalt roads, can come in constant contact with anti freeze, oil, pesticides, anything found on roads or parking lots.

Athletic fields is one thing – playgrounds are more of a concern to me because of the likelihood of children ingesting this stuff.  A family friend brought to my attention that Calgary (Alberta, Canada) had a similar issue almost a decade ago about lead in the grass of a residential area that was previously commercial zoned.  It wasn’t safe for kids to play in that grass…

Get Your Kids Involved in the Kitchen: 7 Steps

Just like with adults, kids who learn how to cook tend to eat healthier foods and they’re learning a life skill that is incredibly important. Kids who are involved in the process of cooking are more apt to eat those foods because they feel pride and ownership over the meal, but many parents hesitate to get their kids involved in the kitchen because of the dangers there: burning hot ovens and stove tops, sharp knives, raw ingredients, etc.

Those worries aren’t unfounded and bringing your kids in the kitchen requires ground rules to protect them, but if you keep tasks at age-appropriate levels, even toddlers can get help out and start learning the basics of making meals.

Source: 7 steps for getting your kids involved in the kitchen

Two of the steps I remember from my childhood – making my lunch and cleaning.  It wasn’t about culinary skill 😉

Study: Overweight/Obese Kids @ 10 Yrs Tend to Be Same 5 Yrs Later

A groundbreaking new study reports that most fifth graders who were overweight or obese at age 10 remained so by the time they started 10th grade — an important finding, researchers say, as some parents disregard the warning signs at that age.

“We wanted to look at this age group because some parents have the impression that the time to start to be alert about obesity is during adolescence,” lead study author Dr. Mark A. Schuster, chief of general pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, tells Yahoo Parenting. “They write off weight gain to ‘baby fat’ or they’ll wait until after puberty to see if their child is more on the obese end.”

Source: The Most Important Year for Kids and Weight

Remember that fat shaming doesn’t work.  And overweight teens grow up to earn less than their fitter friends

I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2014

Jimmy Kimmel has done put out this challenge for a few years now: Video your kids reaction to “I ate all your Halloween candy”.  They sift through to give you the highlights – YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2014 (4:06 minutes)

Some are hilarious, some are adorable.

The pain is real.  A friend was telling me their mom was a dietitian – Halloween candy was more coveted than Christmas.  Which is funny, because the friend went on to become a dentist