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Toy Companies Cheer Proposed Lead Rule Change; Columbia University Study Finds Bad Parenting Widens 'Ability Gap'; Gluten Free R

Posted Jan 07 2009 3:09pm
This is a selection of recent popular blogs from Mum Mum, where parents can find information on everything to do with babies and parenting with an emphasis on health and nutrition. Toy Companies Cheer Proposed Lead Rule Change Improved toy safety legislation, passed a few months ago, meant relief and good news for parents and children alike. As the post explains, one group of people were not so relieved. Independent handcrafted toy makers have been fearing the new lead testing and labeling requirements that are to take place in February 2009 will be too costly and may put them out of business. Members of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggested that small toy manufacturing companies that use natural materials such as organic cotton, untreated wood, flax, linen and silk be exempt from lead testing. The CPSC must vote on the exemption proposal by January 5th 2009. Columbia University Study Finds Bad Parenting Widens 'Ability Gap' Previous studies have found that children from wealthy families perform better in school, yet a new study found that good parenting can help overcome learning barriers. The post reveals that the Columbia University study examined the ability gaps of preschool aged children from varying income levels in the US and the UK in addition to narrowing in on how large the gaps were and the contributing factors. As anticipated, children from lower income families scored poorly on literacy exams when compared with children from wealthy families. With good parenting, however, more than half of the ability gaps were be eliminated. Good parenting skills included attentiveness to the child's needs, going on family outings, and emphasizing education at home. Researchers hope the study results will encourage quality preschool childcare and the use of compensatory education programs. Gluten Free Recipe of the Month: Banana Pancakes with Coconut Syrup Mum Mum's gluten free recipe of the month provides a delicious, hearty breakfast on a chilly winter morning. Adding nutrient density to pancakes, bananas provide an excellent source of potassium as well as fiber and folate. As always, the recipe is gluten free making it acceptable for celiacs and explains optional substitutions for other common allergens in the recipe. From Glutenfreeda.com, the flavor combination of coconut and bananas in the recipe bring a new twist on an old favorite and is kid approved. About the Mum-Mum Blog The Baby Mum Mum Blog discusses everything to do with Babies and Parenting with a focus on Health, Nutrition and Infant Development. Baby Mum Mum is a healthy, easy to digest baby rice snack that is enjoyed by babies and moms around the world for its portability, gluten free ingredients and great taste. Baby Mum Mum is a division of Want Want Holdings, a manufacturer of healthy snack foods, beverage and related products.
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