Early Years, Choose Wisely What You Teach… Image

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Early Years, Choose Wisely What You Teach... Image

“I know nothing of hatred, intolerance, racism, sexism, bigotry, indoctrination, homophobia, and prejudice. I don’t yet understand things like love, compassion, integrity, tolerance, human decency, and truth. For the first, most important formative years of my life, all I will know is what you teach me. Please choose wisely.”

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Amylase in Infancy: Can Babies Digest Starch?

A fantastic and informative article from The Heart and Science of Parenting about the way infants digest amylase and the pros and cons of having it in their diets.

The Science of Mom

Several readers have emailed me to ask about babies’ ability to digest starch. Here’s one:

“I have noticed you recommending cereals for babies several times.  I am sure that you are aware that many people look at feeding a baby grains before the age of one or even two as if you have offered your child strychnine. One of the reasons cited is that they supposedly do not have amylase to digest grains before that time. I have often wondered what exactly is happening to the cereal if it is not being digested, but the only statement I could find is something about it “rotting” in the gut.

I would love to get information from a scientific point of view on this topic.  Everything I have been able to find thus far has been very biased towards one point of view or another. Either “cereal is the perfect first food. Easy to…

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Easy Science Experiments for Kids: Water

Field Notes From Fatherhood

Our kids were in their pajamas from Friday night until Sunday noon on what was a cold and rainy weekend. What to do but build a roaring fire in the fireplace, roast chestnuts, bake cookies, and do science experiments?

A while back we had a similar day on which our experiments were themed around air. On Saturday our topic was water, and here’s what we did, all of the experiments sourced from the excellent website The Naked Scientists in their section Kitchen Science.

Checking out blue dye in bottleOur first experiment involved ‘slow waves.’ Take a bottle, fill it 1/3 full with water, and add a drop or two of food coloring. (The kids were fascinated just by seeing the food coloring mix with the water, as you can see from the photo.) Tip the bottle on its side, and gently rock it back and forth, observing the motion of the waves…

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