Baby Link Roundup #8,422

1. Praise can be bad, lying is normal says the author of Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children in an NPR interview (don’t miss the audio link above the article).

2. The Inverse Power of Praise from New York Magazine. Maybe telling kids they are smart impairs their abilities.

3. Board games improve family life — It’s a study commissioned by Hasbro, so basically don’t trust the statistics, but I believe the premise. Friday is our stay-up-late playing board games night.

4. Reading Rainbow is dead because it taught kids why they should read. Bush-era policies shifted funding to programs that teach how to read.

5. ‘Learn to be Fancy’ Lessons — A blogger’s photo story, the writing portion of which I’m told was inspired by Thinga’s Name These Foods contest. My daughter makes similar signs for her pretend play. We picked up a toy ironing board that nicely compliments her toy iron, so last week she opened a store called “Ironing of the World.”

6. Crawling may be unnecessary for normal child development says an anthropologist quoted in Scientific American.

7. Photo: Neil Gaiman’s Wall of Awesome. He’s a scifi author, not kid-related except I like to compare his Wall of Awesome to my Wall of Awesome. He’s awesomer because, as you can see in the photo, he has a Chair of Awesome too.

8. Too Much Luxury — a paragraph story about sleepovers.

9. An example of adults acting like kids — the Cardboard Tube Fighting League. Officially participants can be as young as 5-years-old, but I had a heck of a time finding much in the way of photos or video of kids battling. Here is one such video.

The goal in these competitions is to break your opponent’s tube without breaking your own by hitting tube against tube and nothing else. Breakage is defined as a bend of at least 45 degrees when the tube is held horizontally. Notice that the aggressor in this 3-way match is the first to be eliminated. I wonder if cardboard physics favors a defensive posture.


2 Responses to “Baby Link Roundup #8,422”

  1. Kara says:

    I’d say Neil Gaiman is more of a Fantasy author, rather than sci-fi. And it is kid related, after all he writes kid’s books too.

    September 8th, 2009 at 8:21 am

  2. anjii says:

    I found out about Reading Rainbow last night on, and have been fuming about it ever since. I’m composing a blog post about it right now in my head! This and Mister Rogers are Wyatt’s absolute favorite shows, and in addition to exposing us to books we may never have found otherwise, he learns so much each episode about the topic subject. Many of which are subjects that don’t come up in our daily lives or the books we currently have. It is one of the most well-rounded shows for kids I’ve ever seen, and like Mister Rogers, it was never dumbed down. It was clearly written under the assumption that kids are intelligent and eager to learn. So many shows these days seem to think kids need to be “tricked” into learning :( I’m terribly disappointed to see this show go.

    September 8th, 2009 at 9:59 am

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