Monday, March 3, 2008

MARCH 3, 2008

This morning we talked with Julie Clark, the creator of Baby Einstein. Julie started The Baby Einstein Company when she discovered that there were no age appropriate products available to help her share her love of art, classical music, language and poetry with her own baby.. Since the debut of the very first title, Julie developed Baby Einstein videos with the idea of creating “digital books,” allowing parents to have two hands free to clap, point to objects and interact with their baby while enjoying and experiencing unique videos together. Baby Einstein products provide parents and caregivers with new and different ways to interact with their babies. In addition, through the use of timeless art and music, Baby Einstein products engage parents and babies alike.

We also talked about a new study that you can find out more about on the Baby Einstein website. From changing diapers and doing dishes to cooking and cleaning up the house, moms today are biting off a lot, leaving little room for quality time with their children. In a new survey conducted by Kelton Research, a majority of moms with children under the age of two revealed that daily tasks such as laundry, dishes and cooking mean less time to do the thing they love the most: spend fun, quality time with their babies and toddlers.

Overwhelmed by daily chores, many moms said they don’t know HOW to incorporate meaningful time with their child into household tasks and daily routines.

Check there to find tips on how to turn everyday tasks into opportunities for discovery with children, including how to:

· Turn grocery shopping with their little one into an interactive experience verses a stressful outing
· Help mealtime become a fun experience instead of a frustrating one
· Turn laundry into playtime verses chore time

Kids are doing just as well in public schools as they do in private ones. Public school 4th graders are nearly half a year ahead of their private school peers in math skills, and score just as well on reading tests, according to a recent independent study by the U.S. Department of education.

According to a study published in New Zealand, smoking just ONE cigarette can cause some people to become addicted to tobacco.

Researchers asked 96,000 14- and 15-year-olds to fill out questionnaires about whether they smoked and whether they felt the need to continue smoking.

10% of those kids said they had the impulse to smoke again within TWO DAYS of having their very first cigarette and 25% felt it within the first month.