Sweet checkout

Tesco, the largest retailer in the UK, is removing “sweets and chocolates” from checkout lanes in all stores, including their convenience stores in Britain and Ireland.

Tesco reports that customers are “overwhelmingly supportive” of the planned change.

Wouldn’t it be great if candy and chips were removed from child-eye-level checkout lanes in the US?

Family focused mall

The Angry Birds Activity Park will anchor the Mall of Qatar, which will be the largest mall in the country when it opens this fall.

The shopping and entertainment center will include a futuristic area on a space station.

Would something similar attract families in the US?

Happy birthday!

The Royal Mint is creating a limited edition coin for His Royal Cuteness, also known as Prince George. Tomorrow is George’s first birthday.

The silver coin is the “nation’s gift” to the royal baby.

Go in to play

Warm weather invites kids to be active, but when the mercury soars, yoga-centered games and toys are a good indoor choice.

These “active play” options focus on enhancing coordination and increasing flexibility. Parents might merely appreciate the sounds of summer silence, as kids attempt to stay calm and focused.

Read, right from the beginning

Pediatricians will now promote reading aloud to children, beginning in infancy.

In a recent statement, several groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, pledged to support talking, reading and singing to young children.

It’s hard to believe we’re still working on early literacy: years ago, a veteran early childhood educator said, “Put your baby in a language envelope.”

That message hasn’t changed. So why aren’t we doing it?

53 and counting

How many times does a child re-watch a favorite book or video?
The actual number is 53 times, although some parents would say “endless.”

The popularity of streaming video, specifically, communicates to kids that the whole world is “on demand.” Whew! High expectations for the future.

Jump off the shelf

Have you or your kids noticed how some grocery store products seem to almost pop off the shelf?

Designers are integrating more 2D and 3D elements to the color, shape and structure of box, bag and can labels. When you walk store aisles, challenge your kids to identify why they would choose one type of popsicle instead of another, simply based on packaging.