Childhood: Then and Now is an interesting read discussing two different styles of parenting. I've often wondered if today's children are over-pampered to the point where it will hinder them later.
NoteSlate looks like a neat new tablet alternative. It seems to be akin to the new e-book readers but used for writing instead. And at $99, it's not nearly as expensive as a regular tablet.
Finally, a pretty image (I didn't take it):