1. Keeping Christ in Christmas … via sonogram? British religious group ChurchAds.net has created a sonogram image of baby Jesus in utero — complete with halo — that is intended to somehow remind the public of the religious nature of Christmas. Carolyn asked how that could possibly work out as intended, and acknowledged the possible pro-life agenda behind the ad.
2. Early puberty in girls linked to high body fat. A study of over 100,000 women on three continents found that several genes already associated with BMI (Body Mass Index), fat metabolism, and hormone regulation are among 30 genes that also control puberty age, Heather reported. But does high body fat actually cause early puberty, and if so, how?
3. Disney’s Tangled premieres. Disney released what is supposedly their last princess movie last week, to the tune of $69 million in revenue over the five-day weekend, according to the L.A. Times. Paula reflected on the end of an era, then saw and reviewed the movie with her daughters, Jesse, 8, and Ruby, 5. Lest we miss the princesses too much, Carolyn posted 3 hysterical videos reminding us of the less magical messages cartoon damsels have transmitted to girls over the years.
4. Kid-free flights? Some air travelers have cottoned on to the idea of child-free flights, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s the Juggle, or at least a separate section for families with children. The Air Transport Association told the New York Times it won’t happen, and Carolyn questioned the fairness of the idea. Also, are we so sure that adult-only flights would be less rowdy than those that allow toddlers?
5. Recalls of the week. Drop-side cribs took yet another hit with the recall of 90,000 units nationwide, sparking discussion of whether the design should be sold at all. Then there was the Johnson & Johnson recall of 4 million packages of Children’s Benadryl Fastmelt Allergy tablets and nearly 800,000 bottles of Junior Strength Motrin, though the company says the contents aren’t harmful.
6. What North Korea’s attack on South Korea means for American parents. When North Korea fired on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island early Tuesday morning, it made for one of those how-powerless-we-are parenting moments, John wrote. Robin considered how we should respond when kids see a newspaper photo and ask if the soldier pictured is a good guy or a bad guy, and Carolyn reported her 5-year-old’s rather detailed thoughts on war, specifically the “nutsies.”
7. Sharing breast milk on Facebook. Thanks to the Facebook group Eats on Feets Global, sharing breast milk is as easy as signing in to the social network. The grass roots organization matches women with low milk supplies or jobs that don’t allow them to pump regularly with women who have more than enough. Will online initiatives like this one provide nursing moms the support they need to breastfeed to at least six months?
8. Debate: Should parents give babies peanut butter? John gave it to reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian for giving peanut butter — a choking risk — to her baby son Mason, who promptly broke out in hives, and for blogging about the ordeal. Sierra argued that peanut butter doesn’t cause choking unless you serve it unsafely, that there’s no medical evidence that babies under a year old are especially susceptible to peanut allergies, and that there is nothing inherently wrong with giving babies a food most of them love. Also, she would have blogged about it, too. What do you think?
9. Kids of Divorce Have Higher Stroke Risk. According to a large-scale University of Toronto study, adults whose parents divorced in the 1940s and 1950s were more likely to have strokes than those whose parents stayed together. Is there a causal relationship here, or, as Sierra suggests, are these findings evidence that divorce and heightened stroke risk have similar causes?
10. (Last but hardly least) Cookie Monster Vies to Host Saturday Night Live. The carb-addicted monster so beloved by kids and parents alike has his sights on comedy’s top gig. A la Betty White, the Facebook campaign is gaining momentum, and you can check out his audition video here. We dare you to resist the wiles of Cookie Ga Ga.