I know it was overkill. I know, also, that most new moms—with preemie kids or not—are probably just as psycho over cleanliness and germs when it comes to their babies, too. I remember reading an article once about how Katie Holmes wouldn’t let Suri Cruise, her daughter, play at the playground until she’d sanitized the whole thing with wipes. I’m not going to judge other parents, nor am I asking people to understand what I did; we all do crazy things to protect our kids sometimes.
I'm fascinated by culturally-specific illnesses and fears. For example, a common belief in Southeast Asia - particularly Taiwan - is that a fan can kill you if you leave it on all night. As you can imagine, this is an unfortunate belief in a tropical climate.
The fear, called "fan death," even leads manufacturers to build sleep settings into their fans. In Taiwan most air circulation fans have a button you can push for "blow air for an hour then stop."
The New York Times recently ran an article detailing some of the more effective study methods that students of all ages can use in order to retain more information.
Here are a few of the techniques recommended for improving study habits: