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Sep 9 2013

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

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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.

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-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)

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