News of the Week: Hot sauce or time out?

All the parenting news you probably missed this week.

-European or child abuser? That’s the question Jezebel asks about this mom who dared to leave her 1-year-old outside a coffee shop on the mean streets of Amherst, MA while she ran into to pick up food. As it turns out, she’s Swedish and in many parts of Europe parents are much more relaxed (and don’t get arrested) for that sort of thing.  (Jezebel)

-Women at Bloomberg LP lost a major lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against pregnant women and women and moms. In issuing the decision the judge added, “In a company like Bloomberg, which explicitly makes all-out dedication its expectation, making a decision that preferences family over work comes with consequences.” (New York Times)

-A mom in Alaska (no, not THAT mom!) was arrested after it was discovered that she put hot sauce on her 7-year-old’s tongue as a form of punishment. The mom’s disciplinary tactics came to light when she went on Dr. Phil to talk about the disciplinary problems she  and her husband, a local police officer, were having with the twin sons they adopted from Russia. (The Anchorage Daily News via WSJ)

Deborah Kolben

Deborah Kolben is Editorial Director/Founding Editor of Kveller. She formerly covered education, crime, and real estate at the New York Daily News and The New York Sun before becoming  the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of  the Village Voice.  She has also written for The New York TimesFinancial TimesThe Forward, and Jerusalem Report. She received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns fellowship to report in Germany. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

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