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

- 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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Oct 14 2013

News Roundup: Digital Classrooms Pose Privacy Problems for Students

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- More and more school districts are adopting digital technologies for the classroom to collect details about students’ achievements, activities, absences, disabilities and learning styles. Meanwhile, a leading children’s advocacy group is urging the industry to not use this data for marketing products to children or their families. (NY Times)

- Work-life balance debates for go-getter parents have circulated in the media for years, but what about the parents who are hardworking but not so overly (Sheryl Sanberg-like) ambitious? Elissa Strauss expands on a vision for parents who have a different understanding of “having it all.” (Salon)

- Rachel’s son Noah asked her when she was going to write a book on him. She had just finished writing a book about his younger, disabled brother, Henry. Rachel examines inevitable sibling inequities and finds the silver lining in its challenge. (Motherlode)

- Just in case you ever had a doubt, research concludes that having a set bedtime for your children does wonders for good behavior. (Time)

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Oct 7 2013

News Roundup: Wet Seal Makes a Dream Come True for 17-year-old Girl with Down Syndrome

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

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- Wet Seal has proved to be a pretty awesome company. After Karrie Brown, a 17-year-old girl with Down syndrome, received compliments for her fashionable style, friends in her community launched a Facebook page in support of Karrie modeling for the company. Turns out Wet Seal responded to the page and flew Karrie and her mother out for a photo shoot in LA where she danced to Bieber tunes and modeled clothing. (XO Jane)

- In more negligent news, a high-end daycare center in Brooklyn, Williamsburg Northside Preschool, lost a child in the park last week when teachers failed to count the group correctly. Yikes. (DNAinfo)

- “Parenthood, like war, is a state where it’s impossible to be moral,”–just one great line from a piece on ethical parenting in New York Magazine. Great read for parents who would move mountains for their children, if only they could. (NY Mag)

- A new study in the New York Times provides hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. Surprisingly and unfortunately, women are just as biased as their male counterparts. (NY Times)

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Sep 30 2013

News Roundup: The Sexy Words Used to Describe Children’s Costumes

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All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.little girl devil costume too sexy

- Halloween season is upon us. Here are a few choice words Walmart uses to describe toddlers’ overly-sexy Halloween costumes: Devil Diva and Naughty Leopard. A bit much, if you ask us. (Salon) 

- If your mother or father is internet savvy, the new iPad app Ustyme is perfect for bonding and communicating with their grandchildren. Two users can read or play games together connected online and by video. (Motherlode)

- Founder of the Small Planet Institute and author Anna Lappe tackles the myth of parent choice and the impacts food advertising has on your children with her new short film, “The Myth of Choice: How Food Marketers Target Our Kids”. (Forbes)

- Israeli-American photographer Elinor Carucci is featured in Time Magazine for her third monograph, Mother, which focuses on intimate photos of her twin babies from birth to 8 years old. (Time)

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Sep 23 2013

News Roundup: Louis C.K. Doesn’t Think Your Kids Should Have Smart Phones

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

- Louis C.K. is amazing. In this viral clip chatting with Conan O’Brien, the comedian makes a great case for why he thinks it’s toxic for your kids to get smart phones just because all the other kids have them. (Slate)

- This NY Times piece explores whether your child’s academic performance is correlated with his or her emotional intelligence, and if in fact, emotional intelligence can be taught. (NY Times)

- A mother discusses how “mommy wars” in lower-income brackets are about actual survival, not about competing with each other for praise or status. (Salon)

- While some of us in our skinny obsessed culture may take being called “String Bean” as a compliment, it can be a truly detrimental compliment for your children. (NY Times)

- Names are loaded with meaning, and it’s not unusual to freak over a name for your incoming baby. One expectant mother shares her struggle with choosing a name that wont be accompanied by any disadvantages. (Motherlode-NY Times)

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Sep 16 2013

News Roundup: From the Suburbs to a Shack in South Africa

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

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- As an experiment in “radical empathy,” Julian and Ena Hewitt, an upper-class couple in South Africa, traded their lifestyle in a gated community for a month to live in a shack in the township of Mamelodi with their children on $10 a day. Mr. Hewitt also blogged about his experience. How quaint. (NYT)

- Caroline and Randy Gold’s daughter has a rare genetic disease that is more common among Ashkenazi Jews, called Mucolipidosis Type IV, also known as ML4. Their staunch support for standardized screening of Jewish genetic diseases inspired the creation of JScreen, a Web-based national screening program for the 19 most common Jewish genetic diseases, including ML4. (You can read our interview with the couple here). (CNN)

- Is it a blessing or a curse to be born on 9/11? Lev Grossman’s son was born on 9/11, and when the nurse came in to check the paper work, she mentioned they could mark his birth date as 9/12, if the family so desired. (Time)

- When Hannah Latham was pregnant, she felt as if she and her partner Rowena were the only people in the world in their situation. To aid other LGBT parents on their parenting journey, Hannah started her own magazine, We Are Family, for families who have one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender member. (The Guardian)

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