January 4, 2019
The Week in Early Learning
This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web – January 4, 2019 edition.
Did you know there was no such think as childhood in the middle ages? Or that January is National #RadonActionMonth? It’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on in the world of early learning. But we’ve got you covered!
Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting early childhood reads.
Little Trekkies can practice their calendar skills by circling February 2, 2019. Two exhibits, ‘Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds’ and ‘The Future is Here — How Sci-Fi Becomes Reality,’ begin Feb. 2 at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Why You Shouldn’t Talk About Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution in Front of Your Kids – via People
One study looked at fathers and mothers with sons and daughters around 14 years old, finding that kids are more likely to control their weight in unhealthy ways and binge eat if their parents talk about weight loss in their presence. An earlier study indicated that parents who talk about controlling weight are more likely to raise high schoolers who are dissatisfied with their bodies.
The Industrial Revolution turned children into an indispensable source of income for many poor families, often before they were fully grown. Image via The Economist.
Why children’s lives have changed radically in just a few decades – special report via The Economist
Although without a subscription, readers can only read three of the articles in this special report, the information is interesting and worth the read. The report contains information in how the family institution has evolved, as well as the idea of what it means to be a child. For example, did you know that in the middle ages there was no such thing as childhood? For much of that time newborns were considered intrinsically evil, burdened with original sin from which they had to be redeemed through instruction and education. The report also contains information on children’s relationship to technology, varying parenting philosophies and new research about the importance of the early years of a child’s life.
The opioids epidemic is having a profound impact in future generations, a recent United Way of Howard County study shows. Data shows that an estimated 15 percent of live births in Howard County this year have tested positive for prenatal drug exposure. That comes to approximately 149 babies per year, according to information supplied by Kokomo’s two hospitals. Health professionals, meanwhile, call those figures a “conservative estimate” due to varying testing methods which are not performed on all live births — meaning it is likely that nearly one in five babies born in Howard County this year have already joined the ranks of people battling opioids and other abused substances.
Ridesharing is now a common way to move around for many people living in cities. But how well do these transportation services work for families with small children? In California, a few child-focused companies see a market for parents and schools in search for transportation alternatives.
“For these services, drivers are almost universally female—mothers, teachers, babysitters, empty-nesters looking for part-time income. As a woman, Samayoa says she feels safer doing this than when she drives for Lyft. ‘I’m a mom. The kids see me as that,’ she says.”
January is National Radon Action Month, and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging homeowners to test their homes for radon because this tasteless, colorless and odorless gas can build up in homes without residents’ knowledge. There is no safe level for radon, but the EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend fixing homes that have levels at or above 4pCi/L (picocurie per liter). Nearly one-third of Indiana counties have predicted average indoor radon levels of 4 pCi/L, according to the EPA. A map of those counties can be found here.