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Ban on Adoptions of Russian Children by American Parents IS a ‘Tragedy’

Ban on Adoptions of Russian Children by American Parents IS a ‘Tragedy’

Russian president Vladimir V. Putin made headlines around the world today when he said he will sign a law banning the adoptions of Russian children by American citizens. He made headlines for a number of reasons, mostly political (the ban is said to be Putin’s retaliation against an American law punishing Russians accused of violating human rights). But as a mom, I find the personal implications of this ban to be the most devastating...

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Parents naming kids after Disney characters Tinkerbell and Nemo

Parents naming kids after Disney characters Tinkerbell and Nemo

Disney character names Tinkerbell, Nemo and Buzzbee are among the unusual names that parents have chosen for their newborns this year.

Sailor, Storm, River, Wade and Zed were the other unusual monikers given to babies.

Bounty.com compiled the list of names given to 430,000 of the 724,000 babies born this year.

Monikers associated with football, music and motoring also featured in the list of the most popular choices, with Hendrix, Keegan, Zico, Bentley and Diesel included, the Mirror reported.

The site’s spokesperson Lisa Penney said that nowadays more parents want their kids to stand out w...

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No Bullies: Kind Kids Are Most Popular

No Bullies: Kind Kids Are Most Popular

As the holidays call for good will toward men, new research indicates that kids who are kinder are also happier and more popular. This finding suggests that simple and brief acts of kindness might help reduce bullying, the researchers say.

At the top of parents’ wish lists is for their children to be happy, to be good and to be well-liked, and past research has suggested these goals may be not only compatible but complementary...

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Too much Internet use may leave kids ‘brain-dead’: Expert

Too much Internet use may leave kids ‘brain-dead’: Expert

A ‘Google generation’ which relies on the Internet for everything is in danger of becoming ‘brain-dead’, a leading UK inventor has warned.

Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens.

The 75-year-old from Twickenham, south-west London, said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

He said children could rediscover vital skills if schools used practical toys like Mecc...

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Twitter closes accounts after graphic child abuse images revealed

Twitter closes accounts after graphic child abuse images revealed

US to investigate after hackers expose indecent images after breaking into accounts, according to NSPCC reports

A string of Twitter accounts have been closed after they were revealed to contain disturbing images of child abuse.

The graphic pictures were apparently made public late last night after hacking groups claimed to have broken into private accounts to expose their indecent content, the NSPCC said.

The charity said it received a «flurry» of reports overnight relating to at least half a dozen Twitter accounts which were later disabled.

They will now be investigated in the US, where the m...

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iDevices Top Kids Wish List for Christmas

iDevices Top Kids Wish List for Christmas

Christmas day is almost here as the 2012 Holiday shopping season is already in full swing this weekend for both retailers and consumers alike.

Most people are having a difficult time deciding what gift to give to their family members for Christmas, especially for the kids in the family.

Well, in that case, a recent data might prove helpful to all the parents out there. According to a report, the top 5 gadgets included in the U.S. kids’ wishlist for Christmas are the following:

Kids aged 6-12

1. iPad — 48 percent
2. Nintendo Wii U — 39 percent
3. iPod Touch — 36 percent
4...

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Evict the kids from their beds for holiday guests? Parents debate

Evict the kids from their beds for holiday guests? Parents debate

If your last name’s Hilton or Marriott, you undoubtedly have enough spare rooms to accommodate all of your out-of-town holiday guests. But for the rest of us, figuring out where friends and family should crash can be more complicated. One dilemma many parents face is whether to displace kids from their rooms in order to make space for familial lodgers.

In National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation,” a young Juliette Lewis memorably whined to her mom about having to share a bed with her brother in order to make room for all of the grandparents, asking, “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparent...

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Should the Beckhams have let their 10-year-old son Romeo model for Burberry?

Should the Beckhams have let their 10-year-old son Romeo model for Burberry?

Jim Shelley is a journalist and a member of Grazia’s fashion jury

Personally, I’m amazed that 10-year-old Romeo Beckham’s appearance in the new Burberry ads has caused so much fuss. What did people think he was going to be? A plumber, perhaps? A dustman? Or, even worse (and even more unlikely, with his parentage), a journalist? No doubt a lot of readers, particularly parents, will criticise the Beckhams for allowing their son to feature in such a high-profile campaign at such a tender age...

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Secondhand smoke in pregnancy tied to behavior problems in kids

Secondhand smoke in pregnancy tied to behavior problems in kids

Children whose mothers were exposed to secondhand smoke while they were pregnant may be at greater risk for behavioral problems, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that prenatal exposure to secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, was linked to attention problems and aggression. They added that children exposed to secondhand smoke in the womb also fared worse on language, speech and intelligence tests.
«Such findings could inform public health efforts to reduce public smoking and underscores the need for including [environ...

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Born on Christmas Day

Born on Christmas Day

If your due date is December 25th then you might be worrying about having a baby born on one very inconvenient day! Is it really bad news to be born on Christmas day? Are there compensations for a Christmas Day birthday and how hard should you try to hold on until a more acceptable date (if that is at all in your power)?

Most of us are pretty happy to be receiving a baby let alone worrying about the due date but when it comes to Christmas I bet you can name a few people who have a birthday on the 25th of December and if you’ve known them since you were little I bet you’ve always felt a bit sor...

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