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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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- 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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- 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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- 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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Sep 9 2013

News Roundup: People are Re-Selling their Children on Facebook

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- The Child Exchange, an investigation by Reuters, uncovers the horrifying market of child-selling on Facebook and Yahoo, known as the practice of “private re-homing,” a term typically used by owners seeking new homes for their pets. (Reuters)

- Amy Webb writes on the dangers of over sharing images of your children on Facebook now that facial recognition has the potential to create troves of data on everyone. (Slate)

- The New Republic makes a compelling argument for the “wild child” or non-conformist kid being neglected or mismanaged in the conventional American school system. (New Republic)

- Although there’s a growing pool of stay-at-home dads, The Atlantic says this is a way over-hyped trend that is based more on fantasy than reality. (The Atlantic) 

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Aug 26 2013

News Roundup: Can Early Reading Be a Bad Thing?

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- Priscila Gilman’s son started to read voraciously at 2 years old, which she chalked up to her and her husband’s literary mindedness. But at 3, he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called hyperlexia: the ability to read at an early age coupled with difficulty with social interaction and verbal communication. (NYT)

- In its first statement on the issue in 12 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new report stating most prescription drugs are safe for breastfeeding mothers, as well as most vaccines. (WSJ)

- Is school a prison and damaging to our kids? Yes, according to Peter Gray, whose research indicates that a traditional school setting may cause serious psychological damage (needless to say, he’s not a proponent of longer school years). (Salon)

- In the New Yorker, an interesting look at the “day camp boom,” which cites that over the past four years, the number of day camps in the U.S. has risen by 40%. (New Yorker)

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Aug 19 2013

News Roundup: Cutting the Screen Time Cord

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

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- Afraid your kids’ screentime is getting out of control? Dwight Garner reviews three books that offer different ways for parents to “cut the cord,” if only briefly. (NYT)

- I bring this to you with no comment: a piece in the Times’ Style section highlights a new trend in motherhood–letting your husband or extended family take care of your kids for a summer so Mom can get some time to herself. (NYT)

- Scientists researching how to better fight Alzheimer’s are studying people like Gabby Williams, who, at 8-years-old, has the body of a newborn and may be “biologically immortal.” (Yahoo)

- Here’s a bunch of different responses to that viral bar mitzvah video we posted: Rabbi David Wolpe is not a fan of the “egregious, licentious and thoroughly awful video;” Eliyahu Federman writes for The Forward that “We should be commending this young man for celebrating his religious right-of-passage, not condemning;” PopChassid wonders why so many Jewish commentators publicly attacked the 13-year-old boy and his family; JTA points out the Horowitz bash was nothing compared to the $10 million bat mitzvah thrown by David Brooks for his daughter in 2005.

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Aug 12 2013

News Roundup: You Can’t Name Your Baby Messiah, Apparently

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- A judge in Tennessee ordered a couple to change their 7-month-old son’s name from Messiah to Martin, citing that Messiah is “a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.” Wonder how Moshiach would have gone over. (Daily Mail)

- In the latest from the “having it all” front, the New York Times does an expose on the “opt-out generation” who want back in, meaning, women who gave up high profile careers to raise their families who–thanks to divorce or the recession or other factors–now want their jobs back. (NYT)

- These days, many parents will think about their kids’ success in terms of milestones, academic performance, and sports achievement. The one thing they should be thinking more about? Happiness. (Huffington Post)

- Pregnancy comes with a long list of rules and “don’ts” when it comes to eating, drinking, and gaining weight. But one economist examines the data and finds there’s much more room for choice among these limits. (WSJ)

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Jul 29 2013

News Roundup: Jewish Women Lean In, If They Could Afford To

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- A great piece in Lilith Magazine explores why many young Jewish women are particularly well-positioned to “lean in” to demanding careers, but how Jewish day care and community centers need to rework their models for more affordable childcare in order for them to do so. (Lilith)

- In war zones around the world, midwives have become increasingly critical to ensure a safe delivery. Breastfeeding advocacy is also critical where potable water and food access is limited. (NPR)

- Our own Jordana Horn writes for the Forward that Jewish Day School is not key to raising kids with a strong Jewish identity, and offers instead tips for parents to do their own Jewish “homeschooling.” (Forward)

- The one thing no one tells you before you have kids? Don’t get a dog. (Slate)

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