Yesterday I met a group of medical students and ...... I felt old!! As I said the words - in the 10 years I have been working as a doctor - this fact actually hit home! So, thanks for listening to an old man's rantings! Here are today's links.
DIRT IS GOOD FOR YOUR CHILD?!: This article seems to suggest that dirt is good for your child! The hygiene hypothesis postulates that organisms like the millions of bacteria, viruses and especially worms that enter the body along with “dirt” spur the development of a healthy immune system. Several continuing studies suggest that worms may help to redirect an immune system that has gone awry and resulted in autoimmune disorders, allergies and asthma. Pass the dirt please......!!
TOP 5 TOYS IN THE WORLD: Those of you with children, don't worry - these are unlikely to burn a hole in your pocket. According to this post by a stay-at-home dad, the top 5 toys are............ wait for it............. stick, box, cardboard tube, string and dirt!! I can believe this one as recently I was with a child whose favourite toy was a box - and what innovative ways that box was used!! Amazing! (HT: Crouch)
NOT TO FORGET LEGO: Enoch Eicher is one of the most innovative lego specialists I know. This post combines one of the top 5 listed above (ie. dirt) with the slightly more expensive, but just as innovative lego! Here is another example of his work.
TOP 10 TOYS FOR 2010-11: This is what I got when I googled top 10 toys - somehow the list was a little depressing!!
IS THIS GOOD PARENTING: Calvin's dad is at it again - I'm beginning to love this guy!! Cartoons are generally ensmallened. Please click on them to embiggen.
AND SPEAKING OF IMAGINATION: This little girl seems to have come right out of a calvin comic strip - hilarious!