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Jan 20 2014

News Roundup: Can Probiotics Help Soothe Colicky Babies?

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  All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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-Got a crying, colicky baby on your hands? You’re not alone. Several studies have found that supplements of probiotics, also known as “good bacteria,” can reduce crying in colicky babies. (WNYC)

-Mindful parenting is indeed having a moment. In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast, our very own Carla Naumburg discusses the benefits of mindful parenting, and the pros and cons of sending your kids to summer camp. (Slate)

-To all the mamas who make three different meals every night because they have “picky eaters,” maybe it’s time to change that. This piece focuses on how to gain control and reform your picky eater. (Motherlode)

-According to Forbes, these are the seven crippling parenting behaviors that keep children from growing into leaders. (Forbes)

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Jan 13 2014

News Roundup: Should Babies Be Dining at High End Restaurants?

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 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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- A chef at Alinea, one of Chicago’s top restaurants, has sounded off on the controversial subject of bringing your babies to dinner. After the story of a couple’s 8-month-old baby disturbing other diners made the rounds, the award-winning chef tweeted on the subject, inviting a slew of responses from parents and diners all over the world. (NBC)

- Birth order DOES matter! Or at least according to this piece, which explores the personality traits for the oldest: the achiever, the middle: the peacemaker, the and baby: the life of the party. (Huffington Post)

- The front page of New York Magazine has an article that asks the big question: is adolescence most difficult for parents or teenagers? The author makes a strong case for the parents, though the torture seems about equal. (NY Mag)

- This piece takes a look at the growing acceptance and trend of transgender fertility treatments. Many questions are posed on the ethical nature of treatments, as well as if a female-to-male transgender person should be able to be pregnant. (NY Times)

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Dec 9 2013

News Roundup: 22,000 Homeless Children in New York

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All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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- This heartbreaking and eyeopening New York Times piece, “Invisible Child,” focuses on Dasani, an 11-year-old living in a homeless shelter in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her family. Her story highlights the larger issue of 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the great depression. (NY Times)

- 2013 was a big year for naming your kid “Cheese.” Apparently the origin of Cheese is cheese. The meaning of Cheese is cheese. And people are naming their children Cheese. We’re thinking G’vinah may sound more exotic. (NY Mag) 

- Say hello to the “opposite of the ’50s couple,” where husbands are staying at home to do dishes and wives are busily stacking paper on Wall Street. Well, that’s just what this New York Times piece explores in the changing nature of gender dynamics at work and home. (NY Times)

- Prenatal depression is an under-talked about condition that weighs many mothers down in shame and sadness. This mother charts her journey of prenatal depression, and it’s mostly due to a lazy placenta. (NY Times)

- The most “delicious nap time love story” continues with Beau the pup and Theo the adorable toddler. From spooning, to forking, to snuggling, this is a must-view for anyone who loves babies and dogs. And who doesn’t?! (Huffington Post)

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Dec 2 2013

News Roundup: A Push to Screen for Breast Cancer Gene in Israel

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- Israel, which has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world, has many scientists advocating what may be the first national screening campaign to test women for cancer-causing genetic mutations common among Ashkenazi Jews. (The picture they chose to illustrate the piece is also causing quite a stir.) (NY Times)

- With her husband and her working full time, Lauren hired a full time nanny–but she never imagined her children would chose the nanny over her. (Salon)

- This article explores the changing paradigm of the “typical” American family. Never before have families in America been as racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse as they are today. (NY Times)

- Kveller contributor Galit Breen writes for HuffPost about being a Jewish mama who celebrates Christmas. (Huffington Post)

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Nov 25 2013

News Roundup: Do Women Who Exercise While Pregnant Have Smarter Babies?

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- It may be difficult to get exercising in when you’re expecting, but this New York Times piece suggests that women who are physically active during pregnancy may boost the development of her unborn child’s brain. (NYT)

- After growing up a secular Jew, the Jewish holidays didn’t mean too much to Dana. At age 38, after 29 years of living in Israel, Dana’s son is beginning to bring significance to her heritage. (Tablet Magazine) 

- Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women–a day which reminds us that violence against women continues to be destructive and pervasive. (Huffington Post)

- The Motherlode has 10 awesome holiday geek gifts for girls. Well, they work for boys, too! (Motherlode)

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Nov 18 2013

News Roundup: Dirty Dancing at the Wedding

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- Most Dirty Dancing fans get chills every time Johnny valiantly lifts Baby in the air during the last scene. This couple adorably recreated the dance scene for their own wedding–it’s OK if it brings a tear. Nobody puts Baby in the corner! (Huffington Post)

- An auto mechanic in Argentina had a dream about extracting a cork from a wine bottle. This then led him to create a device that will save babies’ lives during childbirth. (NY Times) 

- When John was 3 years old and afraid of the dark, his father locked him in the basement to quell his fear. Now that John has a little one of his own who is also scared of the dark, he hopes that although his father didn’t know best, maybe he will. (Motherlode)

- People with kids have unique challenges. For example, leaving the house. Comedian Michael Mcintyre will surely bring a laugh to any parent who has tried to get their kids out of the house in the morning. (Huffington Post)

- A 6-year-old girl from Oregon saved her mother’s life on Friday with skills learned from Mrs. Doubtfire. (Jezebel)

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Nov 11 2013

News Roundup: Kids Today Expect Everything On Demand

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 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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- The Internet, Netflix, fast food, and other forms of “instant gratification” are changing the way today’s kids view time and demands. This New York Times piece sheds light on the competitive nature of television networks and its effect on today’s “on demand” children. (NY Times)

- One in three women has an abortion by the age of 45, but how many people actually talk about it? New York Magazine features 26 women with 26 different experiences. (NY Mag)

- A recent study from the University of Pittsburg shows that the negative impact of “harsh verbal discipline” (even occasionally) on adolescents is comparable to the effects of physical discipline. (NY Times)

- When Larry’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, the family received unending amounts of food and comfort from family and friends. A decade later, their daughter Maggie was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and received no such care packages. (Slate)

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Nov 4 2013

News Roundup: College App Questions Gone Wrong

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All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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- So, we’re all for creative college application questions, but some of the essay questions listed in this New York Times piece are a bit much–i.e: this year’s most-discussed question from Tufts University was about the meaning of “YOLO.” (New York Times)

- Millenials are much less attached to religion than their elders–and as this piece suggests–it’s largely due to the politicization of religion. (Salon)

- This Jewish mom refused to give up her search for a Jewish partner when she was an older single, and now refuses to give up hope to be able to conceive naturally instead of adopt. (Motherlode)

- For the parents who get schpilkes just thinking about their child one day behind the wheel–we have good news. A recent study suggests that fewer young people are getting their licenses. (Motherlode)

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Oct 28 2013

News Roundup: Facebook Changes Privacy Settings For Teens

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 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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- In this week’s Facebook privacy update news, teenagers (users 13-17) can now make their pictures and status updates public, meaning accessible to the entire World Wide Web, giving the teen users more “freedom” and their parents more tsuris. (Huffington Post)

- Halloween candy dilemma: How much sugar is too much? KJ Dell’Antonia compares and contrasts different ways parents can handle limiting (or not) your kid’s candy cravings. (Motherlode)

- This writer claims that women who choose to have home births may increase the likelihood of health risks for their babies. (NY Times)

- It’s always the first-born’s job to test the rules and pave the way for the younger siblings, and sometimes it seems unfair for them. On the bright side, a new study confirms that strict parenting helps the first-born do the best in their studies. >(Today)

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Oct 21 2013

News Roundup: “Milk-share” Breast Milk Sold Online is Often Contaminated

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- You may or may not have been aware that human breast milk has become a commodified and unregulated product on the internet. While some mothers have found it to be helpful, a recent study has shown that breast milk bought from two popular “milk-share” websites had high levels of bacteria and salmonella. Yikes. (NY Times)

- This mother had high expectations for hiring a doula, which could be fairly a costly and time consuming process. What she thought would be a highly supportive approach ended up being quite the disappointment, leading her to the conclusion, “the doula experience felt like a con and a rip-off.” (Salon)

- It can be a bit rough for kids in school when they are allergic to the birthday cake their classmate brought in. Nearly one-third of food allergic children are bullied because of their allergies, and this mother suggests its every parent’s responsibility to facilitate “food-inclusive” environments for kids. (Motherlode) 

- Susan Bright writes for LightBox about the visual documentation of life’s oldest tradition in her latest book and exhibition, ‘Home Truths: Motherhood and Photography’. (Time)

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