GREAT CONCEPT, BUT CAN WE RENEGOTIATE? WHAT IF THEY WENT DARK DURING "THE BACKYARDIGANS" FOR SIX STRAIGHT DAYS INSTEAD?

Backyardigans_2In support of the "Worldwide Day of Play" (which meant something totally different when we were in college) Nickelodeon (and Noggin) will go dark for three hours tomorrow, during the highly-rated 12-3 pm Saturday block. Instead of watching TV during that time, Nickelodeon hopes kids will go outside and play. We hope so, too. But if the networks are really serious about getting kids to turn off the set and run outside, they should start running daily, concurrent, four-hour blocks of "The Upside-Down Show."

BUT THEY ALSO SHOULD HAVE ASKED HER WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE MARRIED TO PAUL BUNYAN (NO, SERIOUSLY: LOOK AT THIS GUY!)

Possible_blog_photos_011standard_2"Today" show co-host Ann Curry is interviewed about balancing work and family while traveling the world reporting on global crises. For example:

". . . . we have a rule at our table. No matter how late it is, we sit down together and eat.  Sometimes dinner is cold.  Sometimes it's not exactly as I would've wished in terms of the food. But that's not what matters. It's the conversation."

Conversation like, "Mom, you just got home, it's almost midnight and we haven't eaten yet! Can't we PLEASE just go to bed?"

Also: " I made it very clear to them why fame doesn't matter. Because in the end, we're all forgotten. What is remembered, is what we've done." Um, like, becoming famous?

THIS IS A HOT-BUTTON ISSUE, BUT LIKE TINY GIRL SAID TO US WHEN WE EMERGED FROM THE SHOWER THIS MORNING, "I DON'T WANT TO TOUCH IT"

Slate looks at the sensitive issue of whether and at what age kids should see their parents naked, in response to complaints that Britney Spears regularly parades around in the nude in front of her two young children. The experts play it safe, insisting that there's no damage to kids 3 and under from seeing mom or dad in the buff, but that parents should expect that at some point between 4 and 8, kids will begin having problems with viewing them in the altogether. We know several families who disagree, and either restrict their own nudity right from toddlerhood, or let it all to hang out until the kids hit their teen years.

Here at FD headquarters, each parent occasionally showers with their same-sex child, but as the kids have grown a bit older, it feels like we've unconsciously stopped being naked in front of at least the opposite-sex offspring. They, on the other hand, run around starkers all the time . . . .

(PS: As for Spears, she may have some serious problems as a parent, but surely no one's going to take her one- and two-year-old kids away from her because she walks around nude in front of them. After all, many moms breastfeed until kids are 2 or even later. . .)

SCIENCE SAYS APPLE JUICE CALORIES NOW 50% LESS EMPTY

Are you one of those parents who rejects the preschool-standard eight boxes of apple juice a day because it'll fatten up your kids? If so, good for you. But watch out: fellow moms and dads armed with this article from the Wall Street Journal are likely to start singing the praises of the ubiquitous juice because of its illness-fighting phytonutrients. Apparently, apple juice can retard tumor growth, improve cognitive function, and make your floors sparkle.

Still, the Journal notes, for all the apparent benefits, parents still ought to limit apple juice intake to about 6 ounces a day for pre-schoolers, and 12 ounces for bigger kids. And if anyone is giving their kids apple juice with added sugar, several medical authorities reported, "Well, then, we just can't help you, can we?"

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On the Worldwide Day of play tip, non-profit kaboom is asking families to promise that they will visit a playground during the blackout. http://www.kaboom.org/FunStuff/WorldwideDayofPlay2007/tabid/502/Default.aspx

Posted by: Jason | Sep 28, 2007 11:07:01 AM

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