Suggested Reading for 5/10/13

suggestedreadingJust a few links today.

A study in Sweden about the relationship between the cleaning of pacifiers and rates of minor diseases in children. “The findings add to growing evidence that some degree of exposure to germs at an early age benefits children, and that microbial deprivation might backfire, preventing the immune system from developing a tolerance to trivial threats.”

A fine column in Slate about what American parents could stand to learn from other cultures around the world, connecting the positive outcomes we desire for our children to parenting practices we shy away from. Food for thought.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. From Picklebums: fingerpainting of tin foil!

Teacher Tom’s perspective on injuries. I agree wholeheartedly.

From Aha! Parenting, some great tips on what to say to your child to help with discipline. Really, really useful tips.

Enjoy the weekend!

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