Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saxon Woods

We went walking at Saxon Woods Park.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Is Minimalist Parenting The Answer To Over-Parenting?

Minimalist Parenting, ‘Manimalist’ Style makes references to being a "laid-back" parent, as opposed to "over-parenting" and trying to provide the latest and “best” of everything for their children.

Are those really the opposite sides of the parenting spectrum? While there are clear downsides to being a neurotic, stressed out parent, being "laid-back" has its consequences as well.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sid the Science Kid At The American Museum of Natural History

I took my mom and the kids to see a Special Screening of Sid the Science Kid: The Movie at The American Museum of Natural History. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. None of us really watched Sid The Science Kid that much. I felt like it included all the science topics I would expect and some topics I was surprised to be familiar with.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Exercise Is Good For Young Minds Too

In Exercise May Help Protect Children From Stress Jan Hoffman says researchers may have determined that exercise seems to help children cope with stress, and that this may be among the reasons physically active children generally report happier moods and fewer symptoms of depression than children who are less active.

While the specifics of the research are interesting, this seems to go without saying. After all, why would physical activity's effects be any different on children than it is on adults.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Barefoot-Style Running Has Caused Injuries, Too

According to a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Barefoot Running Can Cause Injuries, Too.

When I first heard about barefoot running it seemed like a sensible approach to alleviating the knee pain I often felt after a few miles of running. While the knee pain was mild, I wanted to increase my running, so I was eager to find a way to do so without further damaging my knees.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hooray For Dr. Seuss!

In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, Andi brought home Hooray For Diffendoofer Day! She's been reading it too us little by little all week.The story is a celebration of learning, about a happy school with many eccentric teachers, who along with every other school, is faced with having to take new standardized tests, with dire consequences should they not do well.

While Dr. Seuss has always been a household favorite, this book seemed particularly appropriate, as it touches on and intersects many current events with my own recent thoughts and experiences. Besides being the book that Theodor Seuss Geisel was working on when he died, it was completed by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Lane Smith.

Friendship. Rape. Where Do You Draw The Line?

I was reading my news feed and went to fact check some data and stumbled upon this piece by Kate Clancy on the Science on Pregnancy and Rape from August 20, 2012 in Scientific American. It reminded me of a story from my past that I had practically forgotten about, but in retrospect had a significant impact on me.

It was when one of my friends had told a group of us a supposedly cool story about how his best friend had offered to drive a girl home from a party.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


neck and neck
One of our favorite games to play in our house is Sorry!, and as it turns out Andi wins a lot. No matter how the game starts out she winds up winning in the end an extraordinary amount of the time.

But this game I pulled really far ahead. I have two pieces in Home while Eason and Andi had most of their pieces in Start. This time I was sure I was going to win, and when I did I was going to celebrate.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Superfoods And How Sugar, Not Fat, Makes You Fat

On The Leonard Lopate Show this week Dr. Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, and co-author of The Happiness Diet and the forthcoming Fifty Shades of Kale, explains which foods are healthiest—from nuts to fish to olive oil to grass-fed beef—for our bodies and our brains.

He talks about how eating fat doesn't make you fat and debunks other food myths relating to cholesterol, vitamins, anti-oxidants, nuts and chocolate. Listen to the entire segment:

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