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News Roundup: Circumcision Disclaimers & Parenting Tips from the Torah

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

– In the first ever government regulation of circumcisions in the United States, New York City is now requiring some Jewish parents to sign a disclaimer that states they understand the risk of herpes contraction during an aspect of circumcision practiced in some communities called metztizah b’peh. The decision, supported by Mayor Bloomberg, comes after two children recently contracted the disease during the ritual. (New York Times)

– A new study shows that parents are not as likely to pick up prescriptions for long-term-health motivated vitamins as they are to pick up antibiotics. (ABC News)

– Does your child play with Water Balz? Doctors warn against the gel balls, which are a choking hazard for toddlers. (Reuters)

– A new study shows that kids with recurring urinary tract infections should start drinking high-concentration PAC cranberry juice, which can curtail the risk of recurrence. (Reuters)

– New York parents share some of their craziest experiences to date: five-hour bus rides to forced 9:45 a.m. lunch hours to American Apparel boycotts. (Babble)

– A compilation of the best parenting tweets this week including, “Happy 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah to all the Jews whose preschoolers r still home for the holiday- creating lots of opportunity for atonement.” (Huffington Post)

– Here’s a profile and discussion on a class based on Wendy Mogel’s book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, which teaches parents how to apply teachings from the Torah to their parenting. (New York Times)

– In need of a personal parent coach? Starting at $30 a month for online coaching and $75 a month for in-person coaching, the self-help fad is beginning to catch on. (New York Times)

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