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While many adults already deal with problems sleeping, along comes a pregnancy and things get even worse!
Getting to sleep, staying asleep and getting quality sleep are all challenges made even more difficult by being pregnant, or being a new parent. And these problems don’t just affect mom. Her partner can be just as affected.
Despite the fact that interruptions to sleep routines will happen, it helps to understand what’s happening and keep certain tips in mind that can alleviate some of the stress and improve the sleep you do get.
The Sleep Help Institute has put together some excellent guides to help this happen.
A look at how pregnancy can affect sleep. The Sleep Help Institute covers each trimester with information on what to expect, best practices and tips. There are notes on the best sleep positions for moms – and positions to avoid. You’ll learn the benefits of exercise, eating right and helping your partner get better sleep.
If they don’t get enough sleep, children suffer. It can make them irritable, lethargic and affect their learning and attitudes. The Institute’s article has a helpful Sleep Guide, tips for creating a healthy sleep routine and info about choosing the best mattress. Learn how to deal with nightmares, night terrors, snoring and sleep walking.
Did you know that according to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 90% of us use technology during the hour before we go to bed? This can often affect the time it takes us to fall asleep and the quality of sleep we get. It’s a problem that every parent deals with when it comes to kids, but it can be just as detrimental to adults. The Sleep Help Institute has some great ideas on minimizing the effect of technology on sleep, changing your light settings and creating a better bedtime routine.
Here’s hoping you and your family are getting better sleep soon.
And thanks to the Sleep Help Institute!
By SALLY HO, Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) — Sesame Street is taking its beloved, critically acclaimed brand of educational television into the highly profitable world of classroom curriculum — a move that experts say could open the door for other companies to move into the sensitive learning space with possible influence on children.
Sesame Workshop, the company behind Big Bird and Elmo, and McGraw-Hill Education, a billion-dollar for-profit company known for school textbooks, announced their partnership Thursday. Both declined to disclose the financial terms for their new line of classroom instructional materials.
“Sesame Workshop probably can be trusted to do this in an ethical way, but the door opens for other companies to do it in a less ethical way,” said Heather Kirkorian, a University of Wisconsin professor who studies the effects of media in young children.
The TV program and Sesame Workshop’s other educational pursuits have long been lauded for their record of helping kids learn, portraying diverse characters and offering sensitivity in addressing childhood experiences.
The new classroom materials include videos featuring social-emotional and literacy lessons delivered by its famous characters and meant to be used at “circle time,” when young children typically gather to sing songs or hear stories. They also are offering resources for teachers and parents to help reinforce the lessons.
The instructional materials are on the market for children in preschool through fifth grade, and they are expected to be used in classrooms as early as fall 2019. Educators now have access to review the materials, but they haven’t been piloted in a classroom yet. They must be approved by school principals and administrators.
Dr. David Hill of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which urges parents to be cautious and selective about screen time for children, said that by age 3, kids can learn from a limited viewing of high-quality TV programs like Sesame Street but that little research exists on such regular media use in the classroom.
Hill, a pediatrician, said a young child’s brain cannot distinguish between programming and advertising, which could raise questions about the precedent that Sesame Street is setting.
“When you introduce a commercial influence on a nonprofit endeavor, I think everyone naturally has some concerns about the tension that ensues,” Hill said.
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit and would have to invest its revenue back into its educational mission.
“With a proven whole-child curriculum that serves as a framework for everything we do, Sesame Workshop has put children first for nearly fifty years,” said Akimi Gibson, company vice president.
A much-discussed study in 2015 indicated that preschoolers exposed to the show gained immense benefits, which were compared to that of the Head Start program for low-income children, though the authors of that study later rebuked the idea that the show alone could or should replace any actual school program.
The researchers declined to comment on Sesame Street’s latest classroom endeavor.
Sesame Street has been a household brand since debuting in 1969 on public television. In recent years, it lost federal funding to produce the show and has partnered with HBO.
Its name recognition is so high that it is equally known for its broad array of licensed merchandise, from bibs and backpacks to toys and games. It has also achieved cult status for its celebrity appearances and satirizing humor that serves as a hook for parents.
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BY JILL COLVIN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers.
The Department of Health and Human Services will be announcing its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to confirm the plans before the announcement.
The policy has been derided as a “gag rule” by abortion rights supporters and medical groups, and it is likely to trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect. However, it’s guaranteed to galvanize activists on both sides of the abortion debate ahead of the congressional midterm elections.
The Reagan-era rule never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled that it was an appropriate use of executive power. The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule went into effect which required “nondirective” counseling to include a range of options for women.
Abortion is a legal medical procedure. Doctors’ groups and abortion rights supporters say a ban on counseling women trespasses on the doctor-patient relationship. They point out that federal family planning funds cannot be currently used to pay for abortion procedures.
Abortion opponents say a taxpayer-funded family planning program should have no connection whatsoever to abortion.
“The notion that you would withhold information from a patient does not uphold or preserve their dignity,” said Jessica Marcella of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics. “I cannot imagine a scenario in which public health groups would allow this effort to go unchallenged.”
She said requiring family planning clinics to be physically separate from facilities in which abortion is provided would disrupt services for women across the country.
But Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said, “Abortion is not health care or birth control and many women want natural health care choices, rather than hormone-induced changes.”
Abortion opponents allege the federal family planning program in effect cross-subsidizes abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood, whose clinics are also major recipients of grants for family planning and basic preventive care. Hawkins’ group is circulating a petition to urge lawmakers in Congress to support the Trump administration’s proposal.
Known as Title X, the nation’s family-planning program serves about 4 million women a year through clinics, at a cost to taxpayers of about $260 million.
Planned Parenthood clinics also qualify for Title X grants but they must keep the family-planning money separate from funds used to pay for abortions. The Republican-led Congress has unsuccessfully tried to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood, and the Trump administration has vowed to religious and social conservatives that it would keep up the effort.
Associated Press writer David Crary in New York contributed to this report.
A recent study of 2,000 parents of school-age kids in America focused on the challenges of parenting in the digital age.
The study found that three-quarters of those parents regularly snooped on their kid’s phones to see what they were up to in the online world.
Turns out a big majority of those parents…about 84%…believe that they are perfectly within their right to investigate their child’s device and are doing it to protect their kids.
Many of these parents admit that they don’t know exactly what they’re looking for when they look into their device activity and that many feel that their kids are already more tech-savvy than they are, which makes protecting them all the more difficult.
The biggest concerns parents have are their child’s activity on social media and who they might be talking to there, and the kinds of photos and videos they are exposed to – or sharing themselves.
If you can get past the ad content, the video below has an overview of what the research, conducted by ParentWise, found.