In late March Iris received for her birthday a basket of goodies. It was sent by her kids and grandkids in Los Angeles. Dominating the basket was a white teddy bear which was instantly named Nana Bear, as Iris is Nana to her grandsons.
In our parenting wisdom, we thought taking Cuddles away from him for just a day or a night would be effective discipline. You know where this is going because you may have tried the same thing with your child and her blanket or his favorite cap.
Clutching a teddy bear in one arm and a balloon in another, the little boy with a deep scar under his eye looked up and asked in Arabic, very gently... almost a whisper: "Khala (aunt) Rym. Can I have toothpaste for my sisters and I?"
Many Americans heed the CPSC and its recalls of dangerous products to help keep their families safe. But thanks in large part to the work of the gun lobby, guns are specifically not under the CPSC's jurisdiction and are the only consumer product not regulated for safety.
The second you feel secure in your job, your kid changes, leaving you utterly confused. That's how people make millions upon millions of dollars writing books and trying to teach parents how to be parents.
Given that isolation increases stress and cortisol production, and that petting dogs reduces blood pressure, the researchers suggest that touching a teddy bear might make you not just happier and nicer but healthier too.
Eighteen-year-old music sensation MANIKA has found a way to make it as a Top 40 SonyRed pop artist and travel the country promoting her music. But she still squeezes in time to search for her favorite collectible: miniature teddy bears.