The Parent List

parentList_ext.png It's the Parent List! Enjoy reading this week's collection of our favourite headlines, articles, recipes and inspiring news stories for parents from the various CBC.ca websites. Have a great weekend!

Pregnant women in B.C. who have participated in a maternity care program have fewer cesarean sections and shorter hospital stays. CBCNews.ca has the research released from the University of British Columbia this week, specifically that women in a birth program have a 25 per cent lower risk of cesarean delivery.

Young children who are overweight or obese tend to eat more calories than their peers with a normal weight. However, this isn't the case for older kids. According to a study at the University of North Carolina, increased caloric intake in early childhood is related to obesity's onset.

Have you, like many parents, ever found it challenging to understand what your baby wants when they're fussy or crying? Matt Galloway from CBC's Metro Morning sat down with Laura Beg, a Toronto mother and author of a new handbook, The Baby Signing Bible. The book  shows parents how to teach their baby to communicate with hand signals. Listen in.

Many Winnipeg drivers have been observed speeding, eating, texting and even applying makeup while driving through school zones. CAA held its second annual school safety zone assessment to record instances of risky driving behaviour between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. CBCNews.ca has the details on the 1,050 examples of unsafe driving.

Who says that candy is just for kids? Saltwater taffy or sponge toffee can be the perfect treat for anyone in your family, but it's even more delicious when it's handmade, and not bought in a candy store! Try these tasty easy-to-make candy recipes from Best Recipes Ever.

Short bouts of intense exercise, such as running, swimming or playing soccer can reduce kids' heart risks. According to CBCNews.ca, "The Healthy Hearts Prospective Cohort Study of Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Health in Youth" shows that kids who engaged in vigorous activity ranging from one to 8.7 minutes daily reaped the rewards of a more extreme workout.