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Freelance Dad, aka Gary Drevitch, has a cover story in the new issue of Jewish Living, on the country's best Jewish sleepaway camps. Researching the piece was an eye-opener for us: We never much enjoyed sleepaway camp, with its communal pots of mac-and-cheese, its weeks-long waits for Red Sox scores and standings from snail-mailed newspaper clips, the reeds shoved up our nose by the bullies, etc. But there are people out there, lots of them, who really, REALLY love their old camps. And there's certainly good reason for parents to love them, too: As Jerry Silverman, director of the Foundation for Jewish Camping, told us, “Camp is the best insurance policy available for parents who care about their children’s Jewish identification. The secret ingredient is 24/7 immersion. Jewish camps create a safe, and sacred, place for kids to come together.” So happens, a boatload of Jewish communal research backs him up.
(Article not available online, but may be in the future.)
SCIENCE PROVES IT: RANDY NEWMAN WAS RIGHT
Short babies got no reason, short babies got no reason to live:
Boys who are short at birth have double the risk of attempting suicide as adults even if their growth "catches up" in childhood, a study suggests. Those under 47cm (18.5 inches) were found to be at highest risk. The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health says poor foetal growth may have long-term effects on brain chemistry. . . . Low levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which have been linked to aggression and suicidal behaviour could be the key, the researchers say.
WE SURE CAN! IN FACT, WE JUST SAW THIS MOVIE—AND IT WAS AWESOME
If you're like us, you probably passed on reading the recent Times piece on "conceptionmoons," or getaways for couples eager to reproduce. But if you did, you missed out on both the FD.com Quote of the Week—and the runner-up. See below (emphases added):
“There’s no evidence that by going away it somehow intrinsically increases pregnancy rates,” Dr. [David] Adamson [president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine] said. But, he added, “If it increases the frequency of intercourse, then it’s probably helpful” . . . .
Kyle McCarthy, the editor at familytravelforum.com in New York, a resource for traveling parents and families . . . was a little wary of vacations specifically designed for spawning: “Can you imagine a cruise ship where everyone around you is trying to conceive?”
THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR US—WE'RE A "SCREAMING NURTURER" OURSELVES
Dr. Gail Saltz stopped by the TODAY Show recently to make America's moms and dads feel bad by telling them that their various parenting styles are responsible for the children's inevitable bouts with obesity:
Most parents . . . don’t realize that their overall style of parenting also appears to correlate with obesity in their child. . . . many parents don't practice enough "tough love," and don't place many demands or expectations on their children. The demand-free style of parenting is called "permissive." If you think you are a permissive parent, watch out: Though you may be warm and loving, you are not teaching your child to manage his or her desires and wishes. . . This style of parenting correlates with childhood obesity, but so do other styles. On the opposite end of the parenting style spectrum, an authoritarian style (having high demands for self-control but without being warm or loving) and a neglectful style (having few expectations for self-control but also not being warm or loving) also correlate more highly with kids being overweight.
So what's the healthiest style of parenting, then? It's something called authoritative parenting. . . moms and dads expect their children to exhibit self-control, but at the same time, remain warm and loving toward them. This method is the only style not linked to weight issues in children.
Each week, Freelance Dad, aka Gary Drevitch, writes a news quiz for teenagers which is then posted on PARADE magazine's Web site. It's just like a grown-up news quiz, except there's a question about "High School Musical" every week. (Go ahead, try it. We bet you get 10 out of 12.) As we sat down to write this week's quiz the other day, we drafted a question about the Oscar nominations, specifically, which of the Best Picture nominees was a comedy about teen pregnancy. Then we realized our potential pool of multiple-choice decoys included "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country for Old Men."
So we rewrote the question. . .
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