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Surge in South Korean Kids Born in Year of the Golden Pig Causes Kindergarten Crowding

How lucky is the Year of the Golden Pig when kids can't get into kindergarten? Credit: Getty Images
Tradition says babies born during the Year of the Golden Pig are destined for a lifetime of good luck and fortune. But in South Korea, "little...
The year of the Golden Pig babies could mean overcrowding in South Korean kindergartens.

Breastfeeding Pics Banned, Apple Gadgets Help Autistic Kids and More

Breast may be best as far as the World Health Organization is concerned, but not according to Facebook. The social networking site has removed portraits of breastfeeding women created by a British Columbia artist. The iPad may look like the...

Distraction Tactics: Comforting a Child Who Is Not Your Own

Occasionally, or even fairly frequently, I have in my care someone else's child. Occasionally, though thankfully not as frequently, someone else's child discovers she misses her own mother, or is in some other way suffering malaise, boredom, or...

More Math, Less Fun; Is Playtime in Peril?

Kindergartners play eight hours less per week compared to 20 years ago. Credit: jupiterimages
Kids today have eight fewer hours of play during the week than they did 20 years ago, and even kindergartners are leaving the Play-Doh behind for a...

Pennsylvania Elementary School Bursting With Twins and Triplets

One Pennsylvania kindergarten class has been overrun by multiples. Credit: Cindy Shegan Keeley, Daily News
Kindergarten teachers at South Allegheny Early Childhood Center in Pennsylvania had better be on their toes this year: Six sets of twins...

Back to School Name Report: The Straight-A Generation

Kindergarten is the front line of the naming revolution. By the time a generation of names hits college, we've had time to get used to them -- Alexis and Cameron, your dorms await. But the 5- and 6-year-olds starting kindergarten in the coming...

Kindergarten - It's Time to Bring Playtime Back

When we were growing up, kindergarten was all about playing. These days, play has gone out the window, replaced by academics. But is this good for our kids? In January, I visited a two-day preschool with my three-year-old in hopes it would be a...

Boy's Birthday Present is Soldier Dad

Gabriel Hurles thought his mom's homemade cupcakes were going to be the high point of kindergarten party celebrating his sixth birthday. But that was before the Dayton, NV, boy noticed a huge 4-foot box with multicolored balloon wrapping paper in the...

Halloween tips, woobies, and kindergarten naps - Links we love

Kids are expensive enough, find out how to entertain them for free. -- AlphaMom Election 08 -- are you still undecided? Find out which candidate has the better health plan for your kids. -- Babble Jada Pinkett Smith talks about raising emotionally...

Red shirting kindergarteners

Lindsay over at Suburban Turmoil wrote an interesting post about her experience with a "red shirted" kindergartener. What used to be a bit of a shameful secret, holding a child back from starting kindergarten at their appointed time has become nearly...

Is homeschooling right for your family?

I read an article on babble from a mother who decided, along with her husband, to not send her child to kindergarten this fall. Instead the couple are planning on home-schooling their son, along with a group of other New York City-based parents...

Weeding old toys - Tell the kids or not?

"Make two piles," I told my five-year-old. "Those you want to keep and the ones you want to give away." I left her sitting in front of a gigantic basket of stuffed animals, about a quarter of her collection. We were spending the day organizing the...

A firstborn goes to kindergarten

Yesterday, I took my five-year-old for a back-to-school haircut. She'd decided she'd had enough of her long, straight hair and wanted a chin length bob. At home it seemed like a good idea, but when the stylist lifted her scissors to cut off that...

American kids suffer from a learning gap?

My wife pointed out this very interesting article about a woman's experience trying to get her five-year-old daughter into a kindergarten in London -- Nancy Zuckerbrod's family is moving across the pond. It turned out that her daughter Olivia was...

DailyDish: Make a visit to a new school

Got a young 'un starting kindergarten? An older kid moving to a new school? Here's how to ease the transition....

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