• Top of the Morning: Pope Francis Prays for Children with Autism

    The Pontiff reaches out to kids living with ASD + Michael Martinez wins Silver in Poland
  • 1. The Pope greets children with autism

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Pope embraced children with autism spectrum disorder after offering a prayer for them during an audience of 7,000 people, showing solidarity with people living with the condition. He urged governments and institutions to respond to the needs of people with autism to help break the stigma the condition is associated with.(huffingtonpost.com)



    2. Winnie The Pooh banned!
    The adorable bear of the Hundred Acre Wood has been banned in the small town of Tuszyn, Poland for not having genitals and pants. The town finds it very disturbing that Winnie The Pooh just wears his famous cropped top and that his gender is unclear, a topic that has been brought up many times already. But since Winnie The Pooh is a good example to the kids, maybe his gender or sex shouldn’t matter? (yahoo.com)

    3. Pinoy figure skater wins silver medal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Figure skater Michael Martinez placed second overall in the 2014 Warsaw Cup in Poland this weekend. The teenager, who captured the hearts of many Filipinos when he competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia last year, finished silver with a total of 213.38 points, just 18.15 shy of gold-medal winner Alexander Petrov of Russia. Congratulations, Michael! (abs-cbnnews.com)

     

    4. Obesity could adversely affect pregnancy
    A new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014 shows that excess weight among childbearing-aged women affects not just their own health, but of their soon-to-be children as well. Previous studies had shown that women who are overweight and obese before pregnancy are at risk for obesity, diabetes and elevated cholesterol—risks that could be passed on to their kids. Women, that's a weighty reason to shed those pounds! (yahoo.com)
     

    5. A throwback: Lego’s instructions to parents
    Lego’s note to parents on how to play the bricks from the 1970s still rings true to this day. The viral post uploaded on Reddit over the weekend shows a photo of the note inserted in Lego boxes back in the day. Amidst the marketing campaigns targeting just boys or just girls, Lego actually had it right. The note reads: “The most important thing is to put the right material in [the kids’] hands and let them create whatever appeals to them.” That’s they way to go. (ryot.org)

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