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Jul 22 2013

News Roundup: Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy is So Not Jewish

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

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- The hoopla over the imminent birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s first child can be described as many things–exciting, over the top, extreme–but definitely not Jewish. JTA explores why many Jewish women avoid overt celebrations before the baby is born (including quotes from Kveller’s editor and several bloggers). (JTA)

- These days, many parents are extremely uncomfortable with male babysitters and opt for female sitters if they can. However, for much of the 20th century, boys were not only accepted as babysitters but preferred over girls. (Atlantic)

- As more and more overnight camps across the country ban or impose limits on parents sending care packages to their campers, parents have found more and more ridiculous ways to sneak forbidden items to their campers. (NYT)

- Apparently, if the CEO of a company is a male and has a baby boy, they will tend to pay about $100 less in annual compensation per employee. However, if they have a baby girl, there will be no reduction in wages. Weird. (NYT)

- Finally, a new parenting trend we can all relate to: CTFD–which stands for “Calm the F*ck Down.” (Jezebel)

Jul 8 2013

News Roundup: Best Methods for Potty Training

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


Potty training hasn’t been sufficiently studied by scientists, but it looks like there are two popular and relatively effective methods: the relatively gradual Brazelton approach, and the 3-day you’ll-probably-have-to-get-your-rugs-shampooed-afterwards Foxx/Azrin approach. (Slate)

For lots of moms, like the one profiled in this article, leaning in, a la Sheryl Sandberg, is not as high of a priority as learning out–spending time with family, and being able to work from home. (New York Times)

A Bronx woman had her children taken away from her more than 8 years ago. While two of her children have been returned to her custody, her two daughters remain with foster parents who illegally moved out of state with the girls. The fostering system is a big mess. (New York Times)

Nepal has been really successful at lowering the number of women who are dying during childbirth, but they still have a long way to go before having a baby won’t be among the most dangerous things a woman does in her life. (The Atlantic)

Jun 24 2013

News Roundup: Turns Out Your Fertility May Not Drop Just Because You’re 35

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

maternal clock- Turns out the widely cited statistic that claims a women’s fertility drops steeply at 35 years old is based on data from French birth records from 1670-1830 (!). The few studies that include women born in the 20th century are much more optimistic. (Atlantic)

- “My decision to have a child was the result of a sense of stability I enjoyed due to taking an array of anti-anxiety medications that I would be strongly advised by most doctors to stop taking now that I was pregnant.”–Alissa Nutting on being pregnant, pill-free, and panicked. (NYT)

- There are plenty of fertility apps out there, but PayPal co-founder Max Levchin’s “Glow” app gives you the option to contribute $50 a month to a “mutual assistance program,” and if you still aren’t pregnant after 10 months, you’ll get a share of the pool to help pay for fertility treatments. (Slate)

- In the latest from the “just friends” forefront, a Conservative female rabbi explains why she decided to take a major step back from her friendships with other men. (Tablet)

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Jun 17 2013

News Roundup: Angry Lego Faces, Siblings as Bullies & More

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

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- In toy news, a “robot expert” from New Zealand has been studying the faces of Lego figures and has found that the toy giant has been adding more “angry” faces to the mix while decreasing the number of happy faces. (NPR)

- Jewish dad (and former Kveller Book Club author) Joshua Henkin writes for the New York Times about taking up piano lessons at the age of 48, and learning how to play right alongside his daughter. (NYT)

- Is fighting among siblings a harmless rite of passage or the cause of deeper psychological wounds, akin to being bullied? A new study finds that those who were attacked, threatened or intimidated by a sibling had increased levels of depression, anger and anxiety. (NYT)

- The particular struggles of rural women–where education does not often go beyond high school and unemployment rates run high–results in many marrying and having children young while still dealing with the stress of poverty. (Atlantic)

Jun 10 2013

News Roundup: Sunscreens that won’t kill your kids, supermodels and their mamalehs

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


-When did sunscreen get so complicated and how do you choose one that won’t kill your kid? (Slate)

-Meet Melissa and Doug Bernstein. You probably already have their names on cute wooden toys in your house. Now, find out about the couple behind the brand. A few teasers: they have six kids (which comes in handy for product testing) and live in a 36,000 square foot home. (New York Times)

-The secret to being both a successful writer and a mother is apparently to have just one kid. Or so says Lauren Sandler in a highly contentious article (promoting her book One and Only). Here’s a list of female writers with just one child (Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, Elizabeth Hardwick, Margaret Atwood, Ellen Willis.) (The Atlantic)

-Supermodels and their moms. A photo essay. This is from a few months back, but it’s worth posting now. Ah-mazing. (New York Times)

Jun 3 2013

News Roundup: When Your Husband Donates Sperm to Another Woman; The Spellng Bee Spelled it Wrong?

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


- “If your friends, a lesbian couple, ask your husband to donate sperm so they can have a child, would you agree?” What seemed like an easy hypothetical yes turned into a complicated decision, and ultimate reality, for Lisa Schlesigner. (NYT)

- “The consensus still holds that if you do organize your family with one parent at home and one working, you can be confident in achieving efficiency.” Why having one parent work and one stay home (regardless of gender) might make the most sense. (Slate)

- Has baby naming anxiety gotten completely out of hand? A piece in the Time’s style section explores the pains certain parents go to ensure their children have unique, off-the-grid names (meet Cree, Izan, Emi, Safi, Nanou, and Esosa). (NYT)

- What does it say about you if you actually enjoy your son’s bris? For Elissa Strauss, it was a complicated mix of emotions, but most of all, a mystery. (Motherlode)

- Yes, it was very exciting when the final word in this year’s Scripp’s National Spelling Bee was the Yiddish word “knaidel.” But this is not without some controversy from the mavens of Yiddish who say the preferred spelling has historically been “kneydl.” (NYT)

May 20 2013

News Roundup: Guess What? We Are Covered in Trillions of Bacteria

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This week’s parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read.

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- Turns out every human has about 100 trillion bacteria living (and dying) on our skin and inside our bodies at all times. And that families living in the same house share many of the same bacteria, especially those with dogs who spread them around via licking. (NYT)

- An alum of the Hebrew Union College wrote an open letter urging them to reconsider their stance on not admitting prospective rabbinical students who are married, engaged, or in a relationship with a person who is not Jewish. (Forward)

- The United States lags behind almost all other industrialized countries in providing the goods, services, and incentives that make it possible for women and men to be caregivers as well as breadwinners. Anne-Marie Slaughter shares some strategies that could help. (Atlantic)

- What is up with America’s creepy fascination with pregnant celebrities? While it’s great that famous women no longer feel they need to hide for 9 months while they’re pregnant, the media’s scrutiny of their weight and obsession with their “bumps” is totally weird, and only getting worse. (Double X)

- Amy Blumenfeld was always honest with her daughter about how she was born, via gestational surrogacy. So it’s no surprise that her daughter has now taken it upon herself to tell her friends and schoolmates that there’s more than one way for a baby to be born. (Huffington Post)

May 13 2013

News Roundup: There’s Less Sugar in Your Kids’ Yogurt

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

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- Since February, Dannon has been selling its kid-friendly Danimals Smoothies with 25 percent less sugar, but did not market it as such for fear that people wouldn’t think it tasted as good. Also, why is there so much sugar in yogurt for kids?! (NYT)

- What happens when you’re pregnant and uninsured? Mira and her husband made too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough money to afford private insurance. (Guernica)

- Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explains “how she does it” for a new series on Motherlode, in which busy mothers break down a typical day to explain how exactly they keep all the balls rolling at once. (Motherlode)

- Is the Bangladesh Factory Collapse the Traingle Shirt Waist Fire of our time? Here’s hoping we can turn the tragedy into a moment of reform. (Forward)

May 6 2013

News Roundup: Is Freezing Your Eggs an Ethical Dilemma?

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

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- “Is there anything ethically troubling about healthy young women freezing their eggs for later use?” Christine Rosen likens egg freezing to cosmetic surgery, a “denial” of the inevitability of aging. (WSJ)

- A new study reports that “infants whose parents sucked on their pacifiers to clean them developed fewer allergies than children whose parents typically rinsed or boiled them.” (NYT)

- You’ve had the sex talk, and now you need to have the sext talk. Helpful tips for what to say to your kids so they’ll never end up in a Steubenville-like disaster. (Slate)

- What should we call men who stay at home to take care of their families? And if we find the right word, will it make staying at home more attractive to men? (Atlantic)


Apr 29 2013

News Roundup: When Puberty & Menopause Collide, Anne Frank Deemed “Pornographic”

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

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- As more women are waiting to have children at 35 and older, many are going through menopause while their children are going through puberty, making for some hormone-driven chaos. (Motherlode)

- A new Israeli invention, Milksense, measures how much milk a baby drinks during a feeding, and how much milk a mother has available in her breast. (Times of Israel)

- Apparently, it’s “National Princess Week,” which means merchandising opportunities galore. If you’re looking for a different take, check out this celebration of Disney villains (they’re more goal-oriented!). (Jezebel)

- The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for homebirth in the U.S., including an endorsement for midwives only trained and cleared by the American Midwifery Certification Board, leaving many others upset. (Time)

- A mother in Michigan has petitioned her daughter’s school to ban the “pornographic” book, The Diary of a Young Girl  by Anne Frank, since it includes a passage about Anne discovering different parts of her vagina. (Gawker)

Did you read anything newsworthy this week? Leave links and thoughts in the comments below.


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