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Parenting News: Medicating Kids, Asthma, Gender, iPads and Smartphones, Reading, Kids on Facebook

By Dad News Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Little People, Lots of Pills: Experts Debate Medicating Kids: The most common reasons for use of antipsychotics by children are intellectual disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorder. But children’s conditions could be misdiagnosed and drugs prescribed for minor symptoms, experts say. Putting kids on multiple drugs could put them at risk for drug interactions and side effects, they say. (

Too Many Kids Getting Antibiotics for Asthma: Although guidelines don’t recommend antibiotics for asthma, almost 1 million children with the respiratory condition are prescribed the medications each year in the United States, a new study finds. (HealthDay)

Gender-Free Baby: Is it O.K. for Parents to Keep Their Child’s Sex a Secret?: A lengthy feature last week in the Toronto Star profiled the family and their quest to raise their baby unfettered by the rules of pinks and blues. The couple began by sending out an email after Storm’s birth: “We’ve decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime (a more progressive place? …).” (

Parent Debate: Do iPads and Smartphones Really Teach Toddlers to Read?: And now an interesting trend has emerged where App makers are marketing directly to parents who are looking to help their children as young as 4 months old get a head start on learning. (ABC News)

Should Kids Under 13 Be on Facebook?: In a perfect, law-abiding world, no child under 13 has a Facebook account. But this world is pretty far from ideal, if the 7.5 million tweens — and younger kids — trolling the social-media behemoth are any gauge. Now, if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets his way, that already impressive number will explode. (

From Hizzoner: The “Draper”ing of Moms

By admin Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Via Ben (Mayor of DadLabs)

I remember the old television image of a father coming home just as the kids go to bed. He’s had dinner and starts his after dinner drink upon entering the home. He might check Bobby’s homework or read Suzie a bedtime story. But that seemed like a television invention to me. It returned with Don Draper and the hit series Mad Men, though. It hadn’t really hit me until today when I thought about the second floor of the local Masonic Temple. I judged a beer competition there last year and will again on Saturday. While this festival of beer takes place on the main floor, a parquet dance floor, and the competition is judged on the second floor, the Masons offer tours of the building, hoping to increase the funding they need for renovation through facility rentals. So, as a willing participant, I get to overhear the tour guides. Read the rest of this entry »