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Disobedient Kids Make More Money as Adults

Study finds it's a strong indicator on future income

(Newser) - Parents at their wits' end over an unruly kid might take heart: The brat will probably grow up to earn more than his well-behaving peers, a new study in Development Psychology suggests. Researchers with the University of Luxembourg, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Free University of Berlin... More »

Diner Owner: Crying Kid Deserved to Get Yelled At

'Who knew calling out sh---y parenting made you a bully?': Darla Neugebauer

(Newser) - What the New York Times calls the "wildfire capabilities of social media" were in action this week after the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a crying young child, then continued her non-apologetic rant on Facebook and with local media. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner... More »

Parents Favor Daughters When Times Are Tough

The bias is even stronger when kids approach reproductive age

(Newser) - "Almost all parents say that they don't favor one of their children over another," says the lead author of a new study that shows that sentiment flies out the window when times get tough, because "economic recessions subconsciously lead parents to prefer girls over boys."... More »

Girl Gets Racy on Facebook —Then Mom Steps In

Val Starks shows tough love to 13-year-old in now-viral Facebook video

(Newser) - Baltimore's "Mom of the Year" might have competition. A video showing a Denver mom lecturing her 13-year-old daughter about a secret Facebook page has gone viral, nabbing the young girl plenty of attention, but probably not the kind she wanted. Val Starks, 31, says she uncovered the secret... More »

Here's What Happens When a Working Couple Has a Kid

A once equal division of labor is equal no more

(Newser) - "These are the couples you would expect to have the most egalitarian relationships," is how researcher Claire Kamp Dush describes the participants in her study of dual-earner straight couples as they transitioned to parenthood. The male and female both work, are more highly educated than the average American,... More »

Cops: Florida Parents Gave Girls Drugs for Doing Chores

Joey and Chad Mudd allegedly used drugs an incentive for getting kids to school, too

(Newser) - When choosing between the carrot and the stick to motivate their girls, police say a pair of Florida parents chose a seriously illegal carrot. Joey and Chad Mudd of Largo were arrested Monday on child abuse charges: The couple are accused of smoking pot with their teen girls, ages 13... More »

We're Letting Our 6-Month-Olds Use Smartphones

Study: 14% of kids under one using mobile devices at least an hour a day

(Newser) - It's no surprise that America is letting its young use smartphones and tablets, but a new study reveals just how young is young. The answer: before our kids can "walk or talk," as a press release puts it. Philadelphia researchers surveyed 370 parents during a two-month period... More »

Judge: Taking Girl to Pink Concert Not Bad Parenting

Ruling: Mom's move didn't damage 11-year-old

(Newser) - Taking a preteen to a Pink concert does not make you a bad mother. That's the upshot of Judge Lawrence R. Jones' ruling. The case decided in New Jersey family court centered around a Dec. 11, 2013, concert that a mother (all parties identified by pseudonyms) attended with her... More »

How a 'Good Samaritan' Can Make a Mom a Criminal

They mean well, derail lives by calling cops over minor lapses

(Newser) - Kim Brooks left her 4-year-old son in the car for about five minutes on a "mild, overcast, 50-degree day" while she ran into a store—and her life went off the rails for years because a "good Samaritan" reported her to the police. After she wrote about her... More »

'Free-Range Kids' Again Picked Up by Authorities

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's kids were in a park near their home

(Newser) - It's not the first time Rafi and Dvora Meitiv have been picked up by authorities. This time, the Maryland kids, ages 10 and 6, were found at a park around 5pm yesterday; officials took them in after a bystander reported they were on their own. The park was about... More »

What the Study About 'Mommy Time' Did Wrong

Upshot blog: It's not enough to take a look at just 2 days

(Newser) - A story making the rounds earlier this week suggested that the amount of time parents spend with their kids doesn't make much of a difference in how the kids turn out. Don't believe it, writes Justin Wolfers of the Upshot blog at the New York Times . The study... More »

Kids Allowed to Sip Alcohol Drink More as Teens

Study sees a connection

(Newser) - Middle-schoolers who take the occasional sip of wine or beer are more likely to drink on their own as they become teens, a new study suggests. The research out of Brown University merely notes the association and isn't asserting that parents who allow the sipping are doing a bad... More »

Study: Kids' Amount of Mom Time 'Matters Little'

'In an ideal world, this study would alleviate parents' guilt,' says researcher

(Newser) - If you're dogged by guilt over the amount of time you spend with your kids, read on: In "Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend With Children or Adolescents Matter?" researchers conclude that "for the most part, it matters very little," they write . They found that... More »

How One Woman Is Changing the Sex 'Talk'

Julie Metzger offers sex ed for kids—and their parents

(Newser) - The Talk (you know, the one about sex and puberty) may not be a pleasant prospect for either kids or their parents. And even if kids get sex ed in school, it may not make discussing the issue with parents much easier. But what if kids and parents took a... More »

American Parents Need to Lighten Up

New arrivals from Germany surprised at the lack of freedom kids here get

(Newser) - By and large, American parents today enjoyed lots of freedom to roam around as children, but they'd never dream about letting their own kids do the same. Clemens Wergin, who moved here last year with his own family from Germany, doesn't get it, he writes in a New ... More »

Watch It, Mom and Dad: You're 'Over-Sharenting'

Researchers warn of predators, cyberbullies

(Newser) - In just a few more years, children born after the dawn of Facebook and YouTube will become teenagers—and many of them will find their entire lives already archived online. According to a University of Michigan CS Mott Children's Hospital survey , more than half of mothers and a third... More »

If You Were Breastfed, You'll End Up Earning More

And have a higher IQ, Brazilian study finds

(Newser) - The benefits of breastfeeding extend long beyond childhood, a decades-long study finds. Researchers have been keeping tabs on a group of Brazilian children since 1982, and recently, they checked in with some 3,500 of them to see how they're doing as adults. Interviews and an IQ test found... More »

Wrong Kind of Praise Creates Narcissistic Kids

But emotional warmth helps build self-esteem

(Newser) - If you keep telling your children that they are special, you may end up with kids that go around acting like they're better than everybody else, according to a new study. In what researchers say is the first study to look into how narcissism develops over time, children between... More »

Surrogate for Single Guy's Baby: His Mom

He is to adopt 7-month-old who is legally his mother's son

(Newser) - It's an "unusual arrangement," a judge in Britain acknowledges, but there's no legal problem with it: A man in his 20s is adopting his own biological son, whose surrogate mom was the man's mother, the Telegraph reports. In other words, as the Mirror headline has... More »

CPS on Kids Allowed to Walk Alone: It Was Neglect

Md. couple 'responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect'

(Newser) - Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a climate-science expert and a physicist for the National Institutes of Health now best known as the "free-range" parents who let their two kids walk unsupervised from parks to their house, have been formally declared "responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect" by local child protective... More »

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