What Parents Should Worry About This Week (Or Not)

Numbers to make you crazy:

22% of kids still living in poverty. Science Daily

1 in 6 kids bullied and if that's not enough to make you tense, 1 in 3 spend at least 3 hours a day on video games. Science Daily

But kids playing lots of violent video games aren't particularly bothered or stressed by the violence. Science Daily

90% of doctors are ignoring all the guidelines for treating ADHD. Time

43% of teens admit 2 txtng n drvng.  90% actually texting?  Science Daily

In other news you might not want to know....

Reading and Math at age 7 linked to adult career and income.  Call Kumon in 3..2..1...
Science Daily

Unintended pregnancies linked to postpartum depression. Science Daily

A primer in how to scare mums-to-be? Mention flu, pregnancy, bipolar and schizophrenia in the same article.

Women who have the flu during pregnancy are four times more likely to have a child with Bipolar Disorder. "The overall risk remained low, but it echoes similar findings linking flu and schizophrenia. Experts said the risks were small and women should not worry."  BBC

You're not worried, right?

Forget students in Finland and China.  Baboons soon to outscore American students on math exams. University of Rochester

At long last your chance to tell other parents to go suck it...

Researchers report parents can reduce their children's allergy risk by either not being born in the United States or not giving birth in the United States. ScienceNews

Or sucking on the baby's pacifier. New York Times.

Or just spitting into baby's mouth.  Anonymous.

This from my dear friend Lance who doesn't have three kids...

Mothers of three report more stress than other moms.  According to a no doubt totally scientific survey by Today.com, mothers in general average an 8.5 on a 10-point stress index. Impressive.  Today

And that's before the homework, piano recital, calling the guy to fix the faucet thingy, remembering the conference call after dinner, soccer practice, dad's birthday, card for mom, a quick trip to the grocery store for milk, packing a special drink* (but not soda or glass bottle) for the field trip and scrubbing the blood (or barbecue sauce?) out of son's dress shirt for the school concert and come to think of it where is my daughter's long black skirt she balled up in her backpack after the holiday concert in December, the one that might not fit her anymore, ughh, the laundry, oh no, the piles of dirty laundry...

Oh yeah, Happy Mother's Day.

*Teacher's idea, clearly not mine.


Awesome Mom said...

I am glad I had my youngest so I was not stuck in the apparent hell of having three kids.

Polly Palumbo, Ph.D. said...

Like me?