April 18, 2014

DT Friday Freakout Chocolate Edition

Here is a handy round-up of headlines from the worlds of science, health and parenting, delivered all at once to ruin, not your every waking day, but just your weekend. It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout:

  • Toddlers show racial bias in picking playmates, says a U of W study of in-group bias in babies. Of course, the Daily Mail describes the findings to sound like everyone prefers the scenario where the white folk get the most stuff. [dailymail]

  • Oh hi, turns out TV doesn't calm kids down after all; it freaks their neurons right the hell out, a new study finds. [theawl]

  • A 5-year study of K2 shows exactly the same thing; we're releasing the results every night in the form of exhausted parental screams at the sky.

  • Also not working out as hoped: banning chocolate milk in schools. [psmag]

  • Though that open-access journal study has a whole slew of squishy caveats, I can confirm that 100% of K2s studied in our sample basically refuse to drink milk unless it's chocolate--light chocolate, actually--and so we've devoted our efforts to finding the least sugary/toxic chocolate syrup to get the job done. We toggle between Hershey's Lite and Nestle's Abuelita with no HFCS. Of course, since it's Passover season, it's easier to find Fox's U-Bet kosher chocolate flavored syrup from Brooklyn. That's where we're at right now. [journal of dt studies]

  • Here is a video of a small boy getting his hand caught in the escalator at some mall. [nbcwashington]

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