50 Superfoods For Pregnant Mums

July 21, 2010

Mid-Week Links

Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

While we all know that breastfeeding benefits baby and mother, it also has advantages for the greater community. It reduces infant health care costs because breastfed babies have fewer illnesses and hospitalisations. Employers, too, gain as parents of breastfed babies don’t need to take as much time off work to care for their sick children.

It’s always wonderful to be able to share someone else’s experience and learn from them. In line with the World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) three families share their breastfeeding stories. The bottom line is that breastfeeding isn’t always easy but it’s the right thing to do and you will succeed if you are committed.

Fed up with having to sit still while pumping milk for her baby, a Canadian mum has designed a hands-free breast-pumping bra that not only allows mums to carry on with their lives while pumping breast milk, but is also fashionable. Called PumpEase, the bra sells through the company’s website as well as at 97 retailers in 11 countries.

Potty training is one of the most disconcerting topics for many parents. Yet it is one of the skills that, in time, the vast majority of kids master. So why so much drama? Richard Rende, developmental psychologist and research professor at Brown University, says that the best thing you can do is be open to all the philosophies and approaches. See which ones grab your fancy.

Another look at unschooling, that recalcitrant cousin of homeschooling which often ends up confusing the public at large about what it really is. Every aspect of life is a teachable moment. Education doesn’t have to occur conventionally. Set an example for life-long learning.

What curriculum? is a favourite discussion topic among homeschoolers. Unschoolers, however, prefer to dispense with all curricula and design their own, based on the interests of their children. Model rockets, horses, choral singing, algebra…everything’s possible!

Great news for homeschooling parents and parents of school-going kids everywhere! Here’s the story of one man who holed up in his room in Mountain View, California and video-taped 1,516 lessonson topics ranging from simple addition to vector calculus and Napoleonic campaigns—that now constitute a virtual school for the world. All of Salman Khan’s videos are found on his Khan Academy website.

Remember that Mom’s song: “Get up now, Get up now, Get up out of Bed…” Here’s the Teen’s reply. 🙂

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