Is sugar the real culprit in teen violence?

Does soda pop make kids more violent? According to a recent study of Boston high school students, kids who had more than 5 sodas a day were 15% likelier to engage in aggressive behavior.  Researchers say they don’t know if it’s the sugar or, “a marker for other problems — that kids who are violent for whatever reason, they tend to smoke more, they tend to drink more alcohol and they ... More
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Parents need to say no to Tattoo Barbie

In an attempt to boost sales and draw attention to the aging Barbie brand, Mattel hired an Italian designer to “update” Barbie for their collector’s line. The end result? A chic pink bob and a sexy, Paris Hilton inspired wardrobe complete with leopard leggings, silver platforms, small dog, and large tattoos. Needless to say, some moms are upset – especially about the tattoos.  In Mattel... More
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Reader: Santorum rips Cain on marriage, Sen. Casey gets another challenger, 40 Days for Life saves 229 babies

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Rick Santorum goes after Herman Cain for not supporting a federal marriage amendment. On Meet the Press, Cain was asked if he supported amending the constitution in favor of defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. “I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban for same sex marriage, but I am p... More

Toddlers, Tiaras, & Bad Parenting

No doubt, you’ve heard about the really troubling segments of the reality show “Toddlers and Tiaras.” (Arguably, the whole show is troubling.) One of the best commentaries I’ve seen on child pageants comes in the form of the movie<em> Little Miss Sunshine</em>. An unlikely pageant contestant, Olive really isn’t that cute or beautiful, and her family’... More

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