Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pickle VS Swiffer

Here's a little video of Katen making her kitty sound, and also she and Swiffer "playing" with each other.

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Katen is a Finalist!

UPDATE: We Won!!

Here's Mommy talking with the morning radio personalities

And Here's the magazine cover that Katen is on.

Funny story about this. As you can see from the original message below, I thought that I'd submitted a different picture. You'll hear me tell the radio station that she was 6 months old in the picture. I'll bet they thought Katen was the smallest 6 month old they'd ever seen. Oops!

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I just got a message that we've been picked as one of three finalists in our local radio station's baby picture contest. They're going to put the winning mother and baby picture on the cover of their magazine. It's a spoof on "People" magazine called "Person Magazine." I can't remember the exact details, but the winner gets a savings bond and something else. They'll announce the winner on Monday so we'll know then if we've been picked. Cross your fingers!

This is the picture I submitted. (I think.)

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Two parental traits linked to academic achievement

I found this article interesting and thought I would share.

"Recent data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has found that two parental traits-warmth and what researchers term "low intrusiveness"-are linked to academic achievement in first grade. Warmth, that is, showing affection and emotional support, is important to encourage a baby or toddler to explore, persist, and learn. "Low intrusiveness," or letting a child play and to try to solve small problems on her own, also adds to cognitive growth. Sometimes being supportive means moving a desired toy within a baby's reach, rather than handing it to her. And sometimes learning requires a moment of frustration. A study showed that anger was associated with active attempts to overcome an obstacle, while sadness was related to giving up. So, while it may be hard to watch, know that when your baby gets angry when she can't do what she wants, it's a healthy response."

--Week 43 of your baby's infancy; Mercy Medical Center Newsletter
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