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  • Top of the Morning: Scarlett Kramer Turns 3!

    Her Barbie princess-inspired party, plus find out where the new Hello Kitty theme park will open in January
  • 1. Scarlett turns 3!

    Scarlett Kramer, one-third of the adorable #TeamKramer kids, turned 3 last November 28 with a fancy, Barbie princess-themed party. The birthday girl wore a pink ball gown while big sister Kendra wore a violet down. Gavin, on the other hand, looked dapper in a suit. Happy birthday, Scarlet! (pep.ph)

    2. Cookie Monster is a role model for self control?
    A new study found that Cookie Monster, a famous Sesame Street character, is an effective role model for kids to learn self-control. During a Marshmallow Test conducted on kids, participants were given a marshmallow and were promised another treat if they don’t eat it after a certain amount of time. According to study leader Deborah L. Linebarger of the University of Iowa’s Children’s Media Lab, Children who watched the Cookie Monster clip displaying self-control were able to wait more than four minutes longer than those who did not watch the clip. (huffingtonpost.com)

    3. Hello Kitty theme park to open soon

















    If your kids love Hello Kitty, you may want to put this one in your bucket list of places to visit. The new Hello Kitty theme park, located at the city of Huzhou, Xhejiang Province in China, is set to open its doors on January 1, 2015. This will be the first Hello Kitty theme park outside of Japan. (yahoo.com)

    4. Stop checking work email on a weekend
    A new study, which will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, found that a fixation on work email could contribute to physical and mental burnout. Yes, it’s not only a major source of stress; it’s also a health hazard. More employees who check and reply to emails often are feeling fatigued and unfocused. So stop constantly checking work email—especially when you’re on a weekend break spending time with family! (huffingtonpost.com)

    5. Pure fruit juice does not cause cavities
    Pure fruit juice doesn’t cause tooth decay, according to a new study by the American Dental Association. Even if children ages 2 to 5 years old drink twice the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is 4 to 6 ounces a day, the researchers still did not find any direct link to cavities. Parents can now feel a little bit more comfortable serving 100% fruit juice to their kids knowing that drinking juice wouldn’t hurt their kids' pearly whites. (forbes.com)  

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