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Coping with Kids: Pillowcase fit for a little princess

| Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Hair Fairy, a new line of customized satin pillowcases for girls age 3 and older, takes the tangle out of morning hair.

More mature princesses have known about the benefits of sleeping on satin pillowcases for years. Satin maintains salon styling and promotes smooth frizz-free hair and healthy skin. Until now, no one had designed a satin pillowcase specifically for little girls.

The special tight weave and high sheen of Hair Fairy's luxurious satin retains hair moisture, avoiding morning snarls. Each pillowcase comes with a fairy doll, Harriet, that's tucked into a small corner pocket.

The Hair Fairy pillowcase comes in Cloud White, Cotton Candy Pink and Preppy Polka Dot. They cost $32 at Tanglefreedreams.com

Likable character toys to fight cabin fever

Here are some fun options that will brighton winter's gloom.

Rilakkuma: (Aliquantum) The latest in a long line of adorable, collectable characters from Japan has finally made it to the United States. Rilakkuma (a bear) and his friends Korilakkuma (another bear) and Kiiroitori (a chick) live in the Tokyo apartment of a hard-working woman named Kaoru. The three friends go on adventures and make mischief while Kaoru is at the office. All three are soft and sweet for little kids to cuddle with. Available at FAO Schwarz and Hot Topic, from $8.99 to $199.99.

Snoopy, Charlie Brown and more: (Schleich) Schleich makes a dizzying array of realistic figurines and toys. Definitely not your average plastic toys, Schleich figures are high quality, solid and hand-painted with amazing detail. The figures come individually or in sets with buildings, vehicles and other accessories. Prices vary. Schleich-s.com/en/US/

Rumble Fists and WWE John Cena Spar Bag: (Tech 4 Kids) Rumble Fists are giant WWE-theme “gloves” that fit over kids' hands and make noise (a punching sound and fans cheering) when they touch anything. Rumble Fists are squishy so they won't do much damage. The Spar Bag is about 3 feet high. Inflate it, fill the bottom with water, and flail away. The heavy base makes it pop right back up after every smack. Rumble Fists are $24.99, the Spar Bag is $9.99 at your favorite retailer or Tech4kids.com

Early puberty linked to risk of depression

Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, suggests a new study in the journal Development and Psychopathology.

Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked to social problems, such as conflict with family and peers, and having friends who were prone to getting into trouble, the study found.

Although the study found an association between early puberty and these factors, it's important to note that the study wasn't designed to show that early puberty was the cause of these issues.

“Only some teens are vulnerable to the effects of early maturation, particularly those with more disruption in their families and less support in their peer relationships,” said study leader Karen Rudolph, a psychology professor at the University of Illinois.

The study also found that early puberty was associated with an increased risk of depression in boys as well as girls, but with different timing.

“In girls, early maturation seems to trigger immediate psychological and environmental risks and consequent depression,” Rudolph said. “Pubertal changes cause early-maturing girls to feel badly about themselves, cope less effectively with social problems, affiliate with deviant peers, enter riskier and more stressful social contexts and experience disruption and conflict within their relationships.”

— Staff and wire reports

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