Why Brazil Says Spanking is a No-no
By Alice Taranto | 07/19/2010 - 15:53

While child abuse is already on the books as a crime, Brazil just made spanking illegal. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a bill to Congress last week banning domestic corporal punishment (or spanking). The bill says small-scale, quick punishments for misbehavior are seen as "cruel and degrading." Parents caught breaking the law will receive a warning and possibly psychological treatment.


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Child Obesity in the Latino Community
By Ylonda Gault Caviness | 06/07/2010 - 13:00

To the school nurse, there is no question that "Roni," a cherub-faced third-grader who tips the scales at more than 90 pounds and stands under four feet tall, is obese. At recess, she struggles to keep up with her classmates in a simple game of tag—panting near exhaustion and calling "time out" early and often.

"The poor baby has it bad," says Carla Hostos, part-time nurse for Roni’s Newark, N.J., school district. "Problem is, her mom thinks those rolls are baby fat. She insists that back in her country no one wants their kid to be skinny and sickly looking. What can you do?"


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Watch: Second Grader Questions First Lady Michelle Obama on Immigration
By Mariela Rosario | 05/20/2010 - 14:30

First Lady Michelle Obama was caught off guard yesterday by a little girl in the second grade. While visiting a local elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala, a precocious little girl worked up the courage to ask Mrs. Obama a question: "My mom... she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn't have papers."


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Seven Year Old Samba Queen Stirs Controversy in Brazil
By Mariela Rosario | 02/09/2010 - 13:54

Some people are up in arms about a recent report that the Viradouro samba school has selected seven-year-old Julia Lira to be their Queen for the huge annual Carnival parade in the Sambodromo. Julia's father, Marco Lira, is the owner of the samba school and her mother, Monica Lira, is a police official. Both parents think it is totally acceptable for their daughter to take on the role, even though it is normally reserved for women in their late teens and twenties.


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How To Make Your Own Día de los Muertos Cookies
By Mariela Rosario | 10/27/2009 - 17:00

Día de los Muertos is just around the corner and we talked to Gail Dosik, confectionery artist extraordinaire and owner of One Tough Cookie NYC to find out the secrets behind her spooktacular cookies! Here she fills us in on how to create some scary beautiful cookies for the special day. Check out the recipe below:

FOR COOKIES


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Nicole Richie & Joel Madden Break Ground on New Playground for Disadvantaged Kids
By Norell Giancana | 10/23/2009 - 15:14

After a year of fundraising, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden broke ground on a new playground for children at Beyond Shelter’s Broadway Village II in downtown Los Angeles. The new apartment complex, which is located in a neighborhood with one of the highest concentrations of crime and poverty in the city, is home to 50 homeless families. The children of these families are limited to playing inside all day or on a concrete slab outdoors.


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Little Boy Travels 600 Miles Alone to Find Mother
By Mariela Rosario | 09/02/2009 - 16:32

Jose Enrique Sanchez, 11, traveled more than 600 miles alone with only 200 pesos (the equivalent of 15 U.S. dollars) in his pocket in an attempt to be reunited with his mother.

"My papa said that my mother is in Laredo, so I came to find her," said Sanchez, who hasn’t seen his mother in more than 18 months.


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Summer Camp Tips for Kids
By Dorkys Ramos | 07/24/2009 - 10:00

Summer is in full swing, and if you've been spending quality time with the kids, right about now is when even the most devoted parents could probably use a little break. Luckily for you, there’s still time to sign your child up for day camp, and some resident camps are even still accepting kids! Even though we're sure you love hanging with the little ones, surely you can let go for a few weeks—or even just a couple of hours a day? Plus, camp is a great way for kids to share new and exciting experiences with other children their age. So go for it!


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Deadly Fire Breaks Out at Mexican Day-Care Center
By Mariela Rosario | 06/08/2009 - 12:15

A deadly fire ripped through a day-care center in the northwestern state of Sonora, Mexico, killing at least 38 children. 

President Felipe Calderón, himself the father of two young children, promptly ordered a government investigation and gave an emotional speech on Saturday in which he offered his prayers for the parents of the deceased children. “I want to express, in the name of the federal government, of all Mexicans and of me personally, our condolences to the mothers and fathers for this tragic accident,” he said.


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Los Angeles to Institute Gangster Test for Youth
By Mariela Rosario | 05/21/2009 - 10:30

Social psychologist Malcolm Klein, a retired University of Southern California professor, has created a test that he says will help determine if a child is destined for a life of crime and involvement in gangs. A multiple-choice test for children between the ages of 10 and 15 to be exact. 


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