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Virtual Valium. Leave it to Saturday Night Live to perfectly lampoon this generation's passion for going green. Check out this SNL commercial for chewable diapers, which come in different flavors and make perfect snacks. You have to see it to believe it.

Crib Sheet. Drive-in movies may not be the cultural touchstone they once were, but that doesn't mean your kids won't love a night under the stars watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster. DriveinMovie.com lists local outdoor movie theaters by state and includes play times and hours of operation. Click on the yellow theater ticket on the home page to enter the site. Even better? Make it a parents' night out.

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One-third of kids in this country are obese and in need of exercise. Ilinois-based fitness expert Steve Kogen has created a kid-friendly pedometer called Pedz that looks like a frog and counts the number of steps and miles a child walks, and the calories they burn. Kids ages five through 12 can sign up at MyPedz.com to log hours and challenge friends to get off the couch and onto their feet.

Contest. Jif peanut butter wants to help you pay for your child's education. (Yes, you heard right.) Your little chefs can flex their inner Mario Batali in the annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest, underway now through mid-November. One winner who concocts a delicious and original dish using Jif peanut butter stands to win a $25,000 scholarship fund.

Thumbs Up. Months after President Obama launched the White House Council on Women and Girls, an inter-agency group charged with keeping women top of mind while the government form policies, NPR reports he's turned his attention to fathers. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership is now leading a national "fatherhood" tour comprised of town hall meetings where communities will discuss the importance of fathers and help determine the best kind of policies to build strong families.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.