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Source:  Steve Tatum via flickr
Source: Steve Tatum via flickr
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Soft Drink Manufacturers Market To Children

A recent research study focused on the marketing tactics of the soft drink industry.  The data demonstrated how the beverage companies focus their marketing on children.
The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale found that from 2006 to 2008, the number of advertisements children and teens saw for regular soda doubled

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Source: found_Drama via flickr
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Kids Learn To Swear From Television

So, researchers have linked the rise in acceptable profanity on television to the increased use of these words by kids.  Do you think?

Children are very impressionable.  They watch, listen, and soak up everything that they're exposed to

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lizhenry, Flickr
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Kids Are More Likely to Get Hit by Cars on Halloween, Says Study

Kids always look forward to trick-or-treating on Halloween, but a new study from the Centers for Disease and Prevention may give some parents pause.

The CDC reports children are four times more likely to be hit by cars on October 31 than on any other day of the year — probably not terribly surprising, given the increase in the number of kids who are out and about on Halloween.

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(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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SpongeBob Squarepants Stifles Brain Function

Don't tell Squidward:  Researchers are claiming that television programs like Spongebob Squarepants squash the ability for young minds to think clearly and focus on information.

Psychologists have now found that a brief exposure to SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the rest of the crew also appears to dampen preschoolers' brain power

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Simon who? The Story Behind A Playground Favorite

How many times have you played simon says and said to yourself, I'm always saying to myself, I'm gonna kill this guy named Simon...
Simon says, put your hands on your head. Simon says, turn around

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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Restaurant Bans Kids; Blames Parents Diminishing Lack Of Responsibility

Yes, kids are "just kids" and there are times when we as adults need to accept the fact that they don't have the social understandings we have;  Our role as parents is to teach them right from wrong

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(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Kids See TV Ads For Junk Food = Kids Eat More Junk Food

Turns out that common perception is reality;  Kids who see a lot of TV ads for junk food are likely to consume more of those foods - that according to a recent study published in Paediatrics (sic).
The findings, published in Paediatrics, come amid growing calls to ban junk food advertisements aimed at children in order to combat obesity - most recently from the American Academy of Paediatrics, which issued a policy statement on junk food ads on Monday

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(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Frigidaire)
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Frigidaire)
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10 Signs Your Child May Be Gifted

I know most people think their child is gifted in one way or another. Otherwise, there wouldn't be "Brag Books". My JJ loves to read, he reads above his level, and can retain information from what he reads. My Sam is writing his own songs, sings with rock bands like KISS and AC/DC and can play with 60% acuracy on rock band. (Which means I'm in trouble now, both kids are going to be smarter than me and will never be in radio...) Sure, I think they are gifted, you may not, but here are some tips to see if your child or grand child is gifted.

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Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Average Cost To Raise A Child Born In 2010: $230,000

Diapers and baby food.  Clothes and toys.  Tuition.  Add it all up -- and the USDA says you'll spend $230,000 by the time they hit 18 -- up 2% from last year.
The latest figure for raising a child is up two percent

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