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I found this website today and think that it could be something that all parents can use.  You all have budding little artists and you have all of their artwork, or you can be like me and have a lot of your husband’s childhood artwork, what to do with all of this stuff? (His mother was great at keeping a lot of little things from his childhood.)  I have his first drawing, his first writing, and many more.  Right now they are in my draw at work (why it is there, I have no idea), and I am not sure what to do with them.  I have thought about framing them, and I just might do that, this way Magnus can put them in his office, but after finding this website, I might upload them to . By uploading your child’s artwork, you can make them feel extra special.  At this site you can share your little one’s artwork, with the whole world. Let me know what you think about the site.  

Children Watching TV, Good or Bad?

Do you let your baby or toddler watch TV, and just what shows are they watching?  A study in the US says that children under two should not watch any TV, and if they do, it should be educational. Read more at

The research involved children younger than 3, so TV is mostly a no-no anyway, according to the experts. But if TV is allowed, it should be of the educational variety, the researchers said.

Every hour per day that kids under 3 watched violent child-oriented entertainment their risk doubled for attention problems five years later, the study found. Even nonviolent kids’ shows like “Rugrats” and “The Flintstones” carried a still substantial risk for attention problems, though slightly lower.

On the other hand, educational shows, including “Arthur,” “Barney” and “Sesame Street” had no association with future attention problems.

Interestingly, the risks only occurred in children younger than age 3, perhaps because that is a particularly crucial period of brain development. Those results echo a different study last month that suggested TV watching has less impact on older children’s behavior than on toddlers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television for children younger than 2 and limited TV for older children.

Car Seats have Expiration Dates

Did you know that car seats have an expiration date on them?  You may want to check that date, and have your car seat inspected.

And, just like milk and eggs, car seats can expire. The date can be found on the back of the seat.

Inspector Ashley Marchese says there are a couple of reasons why manufacturers put expiration dates on their car seats.

One is the effect that heat can have on the plastic.

“There could be a breakdown to the plastic that you don’t know,” said Ashley Marchese. That can affect the stability and durability of the seat.

Second, car seats continue to evolve.

There is no research that connects the dots between expired car seats and injuries, but the trauma program director at All Children’s Hospital says anything that affects a car seat’s performance could be dangerous.

If you can’t find the expiration date on the car seat, call the manufacturer with the model number.

Safe Toys for your little one

ParentDish has a list of safe online toy stores, for your little ones.  If you have bought any toys from these company, please tell us, your thoughts on them.

Back to Basics with the Activity Cart

Here is a great gift idea for your Toddler, that will keep them busy for a long time, with the Activity Cart.

Bring Ramadan to your Children

Dubai Festival City is having special events each day 10am-1pm.

Crocs, kids and escalators a bad combination?

It is not something you would think about, Crocs are cute and kids love them.  So why would Crocs be dangrous for your children?  It seems like they can get caught in escalators along with your child’s toes and feet.

Read the full story at CNN.

At rail stations and shopping malls around the world, reports are popping up of people, particularly young children, getting their toes caught in escalators. The one common theme seems to be the clunky soft-soled clogs known by the name of the most popular brand, Crocs.

One of the nation’s largest subway systems — the Washington Metro — has even posted ads warning riders about wearing such shoes on its moving stairways. The ads feature a photo of a crocodile, though they don’t mention Crocs by name.

Four-year-old Rory McDermott got a Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator last month at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother managed to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was almost completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding.

At first, Rory’s mother had no idea what caused the boy’s foot to get caught. It was only later, when someone at the hospital remarked on Rory’s shoes, that she began to suspect theCrocs and did an Internet search.

“I came home and typed in ‘Croc’ and ‘escalator,’ and all these stories came up,” said Jodi McDermott, of Vienna, Virginia. “If I had known, those would never have been worn.”

According to reports appearing across the United States and as far away as Singapore and Japan, entrapments occur because of two of the biggest selling points of shoes like Crocs: their flexibility and grip. Some report the shoes get caught in the “teeth” at the bottom or top of the escalator, or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.

The reports of serious injuries have all involved young children. Crocs are commonly worn by children as young as 2. The company introduced shoes in its smallest size, 4/5, this past spring.

Niwot, Colorado-based Crocs Inc. said it does not keep records of the reasons for customer-service calls. But the company said it is aware of “very few” problems relating to accidents involving the shoes, which are made of a soft, synthetic resin.

“Thankfully, escalator accidents like the one in Virginia are rare,” the company said in a statement.

Role model

Does your child have a role model, if so who is your child’s role models? As parents it is something to think about.  Read more about Role Models at Gulf News.

According to Dubai-based psychologist Linda Sakr, role models generally possess characteristics like a sense of obligation towards society, compassion, courage and strength. But, as someone who comes into frequent contact with young people, she says that more children are placing celebrities on a pedestal, replacing traditional role models.

“I find that boys tend to identify with David Beckham, which can be positive, as Beckham does not promote drinking alcohol as it interferes with his performance,” she said. “Girls on the other hand [are identifying] with the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton [who are] not necessarily portrayed as … good [citizens].”

However, according to Linda, there is no real “mystery” surrounding the way in which children are behaving today.

“They are doing what society around them is defining as ‘cool’ and ‘in’,” she told Gulf News. “I feel that [more and more] young people are identifying with celebrities as this offers them a sense of escapism from their daily lives.”

As such, parents have to “learn to be role models in a changing world, preserving a value system that is honourable and lasting”, she said. “Our children are looking up to us to provide this leadership by example.”

Teaching kids about money

Have you thought about how you are going to teach your children about money and how to manage their money?  Well the Gulf News has an article about just that, here are some hi lights.

There is a wealth of information on how to introduce money and financial responsibility to your kids but how much and what you can actually absorb and implement at home is the trick.

For example, engaging children in financial decisions sounds like a good suggestion. But when and how far is the question.

This is actually what you should be doing. Even though it may sound complicated at the beginning, a brief discussion of how a longer or shorter repayment period of finance will affect the monthly payment can also give her/him an insight into basic finance information.

Informing them of your budget and getting them to exclude models that fall beyond it can teach them how to live within their means.

Of course, you may find out it remains your decision when it comes to such big spending items. But on the day to day spending, it won’t hurt to let them make some affordable decisions.

Grocery shopping is a good opportunity, where you can let them pick and choose. But remember not to interfere every time you see them making a wrong decision. Otherwise you’re blocking all the benefit of learning how to live with the consequences of their decisions and avoid repeating them.

Meanwhile, you need to make it clear to them if your decision isn’t money-inspired. In the case of the manipulative kid above, the father’s decision may have been based on trying to cut her hours of playing computer games rather than avoiding to pay the twenty dollars.

While such controls on spending are essential, you need also to teach your kids how to earn or value earning money and how to share their possessions.

While unpaid house chores can teach children team work and loyalty to the family, encourage them to take part in paid activities or summer jobs once they are old enough.

Additionally, share – within reason – the family financial status whether good or bad. So a bonus would mean going on a vacation or fulfilling an item of their wish list, and losing a job or unexpected expenses would give them a reference for tightening future spending.

All My Faves

I found this wonderful site that list over 50 sites that are great for you and your child, called All My Faves.  If you have problems with coming up with new ideas that your child can do to have fun and learn, look no further.  This website has ideas for Books, Games, News, Movies, Comics, Coloring, Homework, and Learning.

You can also subscribe to their RSS feed and get all the latest updates.  Let me know what you think, and if you know of any other good places online where you can get wonderful ideas.