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Sleep Sheep alerts parents to baby's activity

| Monday, May 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
When your baby is awake, the soft, plush Sleep Sheep, made by Cloud b, makes soothing sounds, with three sound sensitivity levels. The Smart Sensor will stop the sounds when baby is sleeping.
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When your baby is awake, the soft, plush Sleep Sheep, made by Cloud b, makes soothing sounds, with three sound sensitivity levels. The Smart Sensor will stop the sounds when baby is sleeping.
Students playing basketball at school gym
Students playing basketball at school gym

Sleep Sheep alerts parents to baby activity

Sleep Sheep offers a bed-soother that detects when your baby is active. When your baby is awake, the soft, plush Sleep Sheep, made by Cloud b, makes soothing sounds, with three sound-sensitivity levels. The Smart Sensor will stop the sounds when baby is sleeping.

The sheep offers two sleep-timer options: auto shutoff in 23 minutes or 45 minutes. The Sleep Sheep costs $29.99, and is available at many retailers, including BuyBuyBaby.com.

Details: www.sleepsheepandfriends.com

Kids Bowl Free available this year

The Kids Bowl Free program, which serves more than a million children in North America, is returning for its sixth season this summer. More than 1,200 bowling centers participate in the program, which offers kids, mostly age 15 and younger, two free bowling games every day, all summer. To participate, register online and you'll receive email vouchers every Sunday valid for two bowling games each day of the week.

Details: www.kidsbowlfree.com

‘Front Porch Project' teaches about abuse

“Front Porch Project: Learn how to protect PA's kids from abuse” will be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 at the Penn State Extension Office, 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg.

Front Porch training sessions teach participants how and when to safely respond when you are worried about a child in your neighborhood or in a public place and ways to help protect children.

Bob Brinker from The ParentWISE Program of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania will be the instructor for this free training. Register by calling the Penn State Extension office in Greensburg at 724-837-1402, or email Patty Graff at pag18@psu.edu.

The program is made possible through Penn State Extension, ParentWISE Program of Family Services of Westmoreland County, and Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.

Teaching kids to cook has rewards

Teaching your kids to cook is like teaching them to drive, only harder. There's no imaginary brake, for one thing, and you'll go through more eggs. On parents.com, Cheryl Sternman Rule offers tips to get started:

Keep the mood light. Kitchens brim with potentially dangerous equipment. From hot stoves to sharp knives, there's plenty around to make you nervous — but steel yourself. Kids can read anxiety, and if you're not relaxed, they won't be, either. Supervise them closely and be aware of hazards, but proceed anyway, with an upbeat voice and smiling eyes.

Strike a deal. Kids take to new learning opportunities best when they have a stake in the outcome, so make them part of the process. If they want to make cookies, let them. But the next lesson is yours to choose. Alternate between treats and more healthful, everyday fare.

Don't neglect terminology. Words like fold, sear and saute are meaningless until properly defined. You can use easier words if you like, but why bother? Mastering a new lexicon is part of skill-building; plus, kids are sponges when it comes to language acquisition.

Dig deeper. Teaching kids to cook also presents opportunities to talk about culture, family history, nutrition, food politics and hunger. Depending on your child's age, consider sprinkling your lessons with gentle forays into these deeper waters, avoiding heavy-handed moralizing.

Schools should make exercise ‘core' subject, panel urges

U.S. schools need to boost efforts to get students moving, and make gym class as critical as other core subjects if they want to increase test scores as well as students' general well-being, a leading group of health advisers said, according to Reuters. The Institute of Medicine called for younger students to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day in school and older students 45 minutes, with at least half that time spent moving vigorously.

— Staff and wire reports

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