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News Roundup: Do Smart Phones Make You Yell at Your Child?

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

-Is smart phone usage connected to how harshly you reprimand your child? According to one study, yes. Researchers observed 55 caregivers with small children and found that those who were most involved in their phones showed a pattern of “decreased attentiveness to the child,” resulting in child acting out and the caregiver snapping harshly at the child. This might make you consider turning off the phone during dinner time. (CBS)

-While medical marijuana currently is legal in 20 states, many have preexisting laws that seem to contradict the legalization of the substance, including child welfare laws that mandate that weed be treated like any other narcotic. As a result some parents are finding themselves at odds with child welfare organizations. (CNN)

-A 25-year-old Pittsburgh designer’s crowdfunding campaign to create a “normal Barbie” has gone viral.  Described by some as the “anti-Barbie,” the Lammily doll–which has an athletic figure and real joints– raised $400,000 in a week and a half. Check out this profile of the doll’s creator. (JTA)

-In the spirit of  “The Lego Movie,” which saw box office revenues of $69 million in its opening weekend, one man reflects on his Lego-filled childhood in this lovely essay. It’s a must-read. (New York Times)




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