Growing parental concern about young girls being inundated with princess culture is being addressed by Disney, the biggest global purveyor of princess characters on television and film.
Ummm, even though I played with dolls and dreamt of being a princess just like the Disney characters, one thing kept me grounded - my mum. I watched her work several jobs. There wasn't a thing she couldn't fix around the home. Independent, yes she was. Taught me how to do my own thing, how to be strong. We don't need Disney to 'rescue' our little girls. We need the power of strong female role models, telling us we can do anything we set our minds to.
The concept is pretty simple: bring kind rescue dogs into classrooms to help kids learn empathy and pique their interest in difficult subject matter. But the effects are profound.
“Our 5th grade children, I would say their demeanor has changed as a direct result of the compassion they have learned to show to an animal they know was a rescue animal,” Royall Elementary School principal Julie Smith said.
“Even for my toughest kids, the most street savvy, it almost physically transforms them into a child with empathy. "
A product that says it can teach babies to read from three months old is being sold to parents and used in childcare centres in Australia despite its makers being prosecuted for misleading claims in the United States.
A recent study revealed that children who watch television for more than three hours a day are more likely to develop rebellious behaviors by age seven.The study found that five-year-olds who watched more TV had an increased risk of developing antisocial...