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Latest Turbulence in the Skies: Kid-Free Zones on Planes

Some say they're great, others say they're discriminatory

(Newser) - You can now fly on one of India's largest airlines without fear you'll get stuck in front of a screaming baby or a kid who likes to kick seats. IndiGo is the latest airline to offer "Quiet Zones" on each of its flights, with two sections of... More »

Docs Say iPads Work Like Sedatives for Kids Pre-Surgery

The non-pharmacological approach appears to work as well as, if not better than, sedatives

(Newser) - For kids at least, tablets are as good as sedatives. So report doctors in a press release after presenting their findings at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists. The team studied 4- to 10-year-olds prior to surgeries and found that the decreased anxiety levels of those given midazolam (a... More »

Montreal Priests Won't Be Allowed Alone With Kids

Chancellor says it's about protecting victims and the church

(Newser) - Some Catholic churches in Canada have banned priests from being alone with children—and more are about to start. The Catholic Church of Montreal says it will bar priests, volunteers, educators, and anyone else in "the orbit of the church" from being alone with children at 10 parishes beginning... More »

Mom's Voice Really Fires Up a Kid's Brain

Researchers use MRI scans to observe the impact a mother's voice has

(Newser) - Newborns can pick out their mother's voice in their first days of life, and while the stimulating sound of mom's voice has long been connected to the early emotional and social development of children, little is understood neurologically. Now researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... More »

Mickey Dee's Yanks 'Brand Ambassador' Out of Schools

John Cisna was the guy who lost almost 60 pounds eating nothing but McDonald's

(Newser) - The man who said he once lost lots of pounds eating only McDonald's was such a viral sensation that the fast-food giant actually recruited him to evangelize about nutrition at schools across America. But those days appear to be over, with John Cisna yanked after criticism from parents, teachers,... More »

6-Year-Olds Prove To Be Awful Drivers During Joyride

They left a 3-block trail of destruction in their wake

(Newser) - Police say two 6-year-old boys took a joyride in a pickup truck through a central Kansas town, damaging five other vehicles and two mailboxes along the way. Newton police Sgt. Josh Millspaugh says the boys' three-block journey ended about 4:30pm Tuesday when they rammed another truck. One of the... More »

On 3rd Anniversary of Sandy Hook, a Sobering Stat

554 kids have died by gun: report

(Newser) - Although it's the mass shootings in the US that we see most in the news, they're not what's causing the majority of gun deaths among our youngest citizens. Instead, it's what NBC News calls the "steady drumbeat of deaths in ones and twos" from suicides,... More »

Mom's Favorite Kid Is More Prone to Depression

Sibling rivalry may be to blame

(Newser) - Always hoped you're mom's favorite? A new study out of Purdue University finds that the favorite child is actually more prone to be depressed as an adult, researchers report in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences . Looking at 725 adult children from 309 families in the Within-Family Differences... More »

Netflix Introduces 5-Minute Bedtime Movies for Kids

The Dinotrux mini episodes feature favorite scenes of the animated show

(Newser) - Heeding the pleas of parents around the globe and across the ages who deal with cries of "Just five more minutes!" on a nightly basis, Netflix has introduced five-minute episodes of the popular kids DreamWorks TV show Dinotrux—cut down drastically from their typical 23 minutes. The reason?... More »

Instead of Tickets, Cops Give Dad a Much-Needed Gift

Texas police pool funds, pitch in for 3 new car seats for down-on-his-luck dad

(Newser) - When police officer Justin Gower pulled a truck over Saturday in Cedar Park, Texas, for a faulty light, he wasn't prepared for what he found: three girls, ages 1, 3, and 4, in the back, none in car seats, KVUE reports. "I was upset because it's extremely... More »

Study: Parents Who Do This Have Better Sex Lives

The happiest couples tend to evenly divide many child-related duties

(Newser) - Couples who manage to evenly divide child care duties tend to have higher-quality relationships, as well as sex lives. This is the takeaway from a new study being presented to the American Sociological Association in Chicago this week. Researchers interviewed nearly 500 heterosexual couples with kids and found that when... More »

Kid Trips Into $1.5M Painting

The only Paolo Porpora artwork that's signed now has a fist-size hole in it

(Newser) - Elsewhere in the world, terrorists threaten art and antiquities , but in Taiwan tween boys holding beverages are the threat. A 12-year-old taking a guided tour with his mom at an art exhibit in Taipei lived out what was probably his (and his mother's) worst nightmare when he tripped next... More »

What 53K Kids Had to Say About Happiness

Children in 15 countries say they're pretty happy regardless of wealth

(Newser) - Most kids are happy regardless of material wealth, according to a new survey of 53,000 8-year-olds to 12-year-olds in 15 countries (the US wasn't included). Yet the researchers out of Germany's Goethe University write in the 2015 Children's Worlds Report that there are subtle differences across... More »

Mom Flees Burglar, Leaves Kid Inside—and It Ends Well

Unharmed 4-year-old girl leads police right to him

(Newser) - What should this 4-year-old be when she grows up? Our suggestion: police officer. The San Francisco Chronicle has the initially frightening story of woman who ran from her Antioch, Calif., home after seeing a man come inside through an unlocked door. She had her baby in her arms—but had... More »

More Women Who Have a PhD or MD Also Have Kids

80% of American women ages 40 to 44 with such a degree now have a kid

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that married women in the US are having more children , while unmarried women are having fewer. It may not be a coincidence, then, that a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census data finds that more married women in... More »

No, Your Kid Was Not Born an Altruistic Little Angel

New study finds that previous research unwittingly primed kids to be nice

(Newser) - Back in 2006, a study that went on to gain prominence found that 18-month-olds were willing to be helpful even without being prompted. Many assumed this was evidence of innate altruism, but new research out of Stanford and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that... More »

By 6 or 7, Kids Learn How to Lie and Distrust

Lying comes before distrust, researchers find

(Newser) - Kids are capable of thinking strategically, including using competitiveness and lies to their own benefit, by the time they're 7. So report researchers out of the University of Minnesota who studied 69 kids ages 3 to 9 playing two games. Kids typically figure out how to infer what others... More »

We Understand Probability as Toddlers

Experiment shows their quick learning skills

(Newser) - Don't understand probability? Try asking a 2-year-old. A study suggests they have an instinctive understanding of the ideas involved, and that a little observation goes a long way. Researchers at the University of Washington showed 32 toddlers a machine featuring a pair of blocks and a platform, Quartz reports.... More »

Mom Arrested After Letting Son, 7, Walk to Park

The walk is about a half -mile, and the boy carries a cell phone

(Newser) - To all the parents who think it's OK to send their kids to the park alone, there is a new name to add to the list of those locked up for doing so. Florida mom Nicole Gainey was arrested and charged with child neglect after allowing her 7-year-old son... More »

Southwest Deplanes Family Over Dad's Critical Tweet

Gate agent didn't like that tweet mentioned her name

(Newser) - Think twice before you tweet—it could get you kicked off a plane. After Duff Watson used Twitter to complain about a Southwest gate agent, he was deemed a safety threat, deplaned with his two young daughters, then threatened with police action unless he deleted the tweet. It all started... More »

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