If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again
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At Savvy HQ this week, there was plenty of buzz about everything from important new research to Fifty Shades of Grey.

1. The case for letting kids choose what they read
When we came across a Washington Post story called ‘If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again,’ we were intrigued. It reported on a survey released by Scholastic that found a distinct connection between students who called themselves frequent readers and having choice about what to read. Kyle Good, a spokeswoman for Scholastic, told the Post, ‘When you let kids choose the books they want to read, they’ll be voracious readers.’

Cindy Crawford unphotoshopped picture

2. Cindy Crawford’s Unretouched photo
Moms rejoiced when an unedited photo of Cindy Crawford, one of the original supermodels, surfaced this week. The image, apparently set to appear in an entirely un-photoshopped April issue of Marie Claire, reveals that Crawford is a regular(ish) mortal with a bit of loose skin on her tummy and upper thighs as a result of pregnancy. You can see what Kelli Catana of had to say about it here.

Austism Spectrum Disorder

3. New autism research
Parents with kids on the autism spectrum paid careful attention to groundbreaking new Canadian research findings that appeared in JAMA Psychiatry this week. The study concluded that outcomes varied widely for the preschoolers followed in the longitudinal study from the time of diagnosis around between ages two and four until the age of six. Essentially, two preschoolers placed in the same area of the autism spectrum at the time of diagnosis can respond entirely differently to treatment than the other. This proves what many parents of kids with ASD have known instinctually for years, making the case for personalized medicine, or as the study concludes, ‘a flexible suite of interventions.’


4. Fifty Shades of Grey
The book series and movie everyone loves to love or hate had moms talking after it’s blockbuster opening weekend. Was it better or worse than the books? Did Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan do a good job of depicting Ana and Christian? And most importantly, does the story reflect a healthy intimate relationship? Savvy Storyteller Mara Shapiro of Be Nice or Leave says an emphatic ‘yes!’ in her post ‘Why I Don’t Think Fifty Shades of Grey Glamourizes Domestic Abuse.’ What do you think?

And then there’s that thing none of us wants to talk about at all…

5 tax breaks parents might not know about

5. Filing our %$&#@ Income Taxes
Luckily, the Savvy Experts from Golden Girl Finance are on top of it with these ‘Five Tax Breaks You May Not Know About.’

We’ll look into that. Just as soon as we’re back from the movies. We’ve got Oscar winners to see.

Image of A.S.D. and taxes from Shutterstock.

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It’s been quite a week for hot topics in the parenting world. Here are the 5 things that have got us talking around the office this past week:

1. Measles
Of course measles is still the number one news item affecting families, as the number of confirmed cases rises to eight in Ontario and 10 in Quebec. While tempers flare in the pro-vax and anti-vax camps—with posts like this one slamming anti-vaxxers going viral—a new Angus Reid poll suggests the majority of opinion is firmly in the pro-vaccination camp. It found that 74% of Canadians believe people who are against childhood vaccines are ‘irresponsible.’ Interestingly though, in Quebec where the number of cases of measles is highest, only 45% of people believe vaccines should be mandatory for school attendance. By contrast, in all other provinces, 61% to 71% said they believed childhood vaccines should be required for school.

We’ve read some great blog posts on the issue, including this insightful piece by Savvy Storyteller Rebecca Keenan at Playground Confidential. And we were also really moved by a post called “I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles.” Some things to think about on your way to find your family’s vaccine cards to make sure everyone is up to date.

the grief we dont talk about

2. Miscarriage
Also among the most read Savvy Stories posts this week was this moving post on pregnancy loss by Stacy Blair from 27th and Olive. The Grief We Can’t Talk About created a lot of conversation about why so many of us still feel compelled to hide miscarriage from the world. We encourage you to check it out, it’s a wonderful read.

baby led weaning

3. Baby Food Guidelines
Our food editor Jan Scott is expecting her third baby any day! And a lot has changed since 2002 when she last fed a baby! Jan decoded the new infant feeding guidelines released last May, which turn on its head the old-school norm of starting baby only on fortified baby cereals, and instead suggest incorporating iron-rich foods such as meat, eggs and legumes as first foods.

Thanks but no thanks

4. Saying No to Gwyneth
We think we’ve had enough of Gwyneth Paltrow telling us what to do and that was never more clear than this past week when she announced to the world that she’s better than us at having reproductive organs. Our sister site had a few choice words for the Goop founder in “Thanks, but No Thanks, Gwyneth.”
Now onto something a little less cray-cray:

Happy valentine's day

5. Valentine’s Day
While we may not wish to steam our nether regions we can all get behind making Valentine’s Day a family affair. And since it falls on a Saturday this year, making Valentine’s Day crafts and treats is a perfect way to celebrate together—and stay warm inside, too. Check out our 30 Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes, Crafts and Projects.

Happy Valentine’s Day from our families to yours!

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