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'After School Satan Club' Coming to Portland School

But it's about teaching science, not worshiping Beelzebub

(Newser) - Normally, an elementary school adding an after-school program isn't cause for national headlines. Things are little different when the program is called the After School Satan Club. The Portland chapter of the Satanic Temple has just been approved to establish the club at Sacramento Elementary School in Portland, the... More »

Mom's Viral Post Explains Why Modern Parenting Stinks

Bunmi Laditan wishes things today were a bit less complicated

(Newser) - If you find yourself wishing you'd had kids in a simpler time, like a few decades ago, meet Bunmi Laditan, whose satiric Facebook post about vitamin shopping has gone viral. "I own two good bras but I'm ready to spend upwards of $100 on children's vitamins,... More »

Viral Images of Girl Being Disciplined Spark Debate

Man seen pulling girl by hair in Walmart

(Newser) - A man in Texas is being investigated after several Walmart shoppers spotted him pulling a girl by a section of her hair held against his shopping cart. Shoppers Erika and Robert Burch say they asked him to stop, and when he told them to mind their own business they took... More »

Mom Calls Cops on Toddler Who Unbuckled Her Seat Belt

'I guess it was an extreme choice on my part'

(Newser) - There's tough love, and then there's calling the cops on your own toddler because she isn't wearing a seat belt. ABC 7 reports that's exactly what Arizona mom Michelle Fortin did when her 3-year-old daughter unbuckled during a car ride home on Monday. "All I... More »

Hippie Parents Want Your Money to Fund Hippie Parenting

No vaccines, no bedtimes, no shoes, no school

(Newser) - The Allens have become famously unconventional parents, and they want your money to keep it that way. Adele and Matt Allen live in England with their children, 5-year-old Ulysses and 1-year-old Ostara, and practice "off-grid parenting." That means no vaccinations or modern medicine, no formal schooling, no separate... More »

Dad Sells Son's SUV for 'Smokin Dope and Acting All Thug'

And the 18-year-old skipped work

(Newser) - In the latest episode of parenting gone viral , a man in Jacksonville, Fla., has sold his son's SUV after the 18-year-old committed a variety of offenses, including losing his job for being a no-show for two days, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "I have my son's truck up... More »

What It Means When Moms Go Baby Crazy on Facebook

They might be trying to live up to societal expectations

(Newser) - Baby pictures clogging up your Facebook feed could signal a new mom on a risky search for approval, according to a study of 127 working moms from Ohio. The fact that 98% uploaded photos of their baby to Facebook wasn't surprising. What interested researchers, however, was that those who... More »

6-Month-Old Water Skis Across Lake

Her parents say it was totally safe

(Newser) - A 6-month-old girl whose professional water-skier parents put her on junior-size water skis last week glided 686 feet across a man-made lake in what her parents say sets a youth record, the AP reports. Keith St. Onge said his daughter Zyla could have kept going if the boat hadn't... More »

Letting Baby Cry It Out Before Bed Might Be Best

Not to mention better for sleep-deprived parents: study

(Newser) - While it may be stressful—or at least guilt-inducing—for new parents, letting a baby cry it out before bed may actually be less stressful for the infant, according to a new study published this week in Pediatrics. Researchers studied 43 babies from 6-16 months of age whose parents said... More »

No, Your Baby Isn't Imitating You

But you might be imitating her

(Newser) - Contradicting parenting websites and books—and probably a bunch of overly proud new parents—researchers have concluded that infants in the first weeks of life actually don't imitate facial expressions or hand gestures. In fact, the study suggests that it's the adults who are imitating the babies, reports... More »

A 'Dads' T-Shirt Starts a Conversation on Parenting

'Aww, it's so nice of you to babysit' doesn't go over well with male primary caretakers

(Newser) - The message may seem so obvious as to not require stating, but a photo of a shirt that reads "Dads Don't Babysit (It's Called 'Parenting')" has sparked a larger conversation about parenting on Reddit and beyond. The man behind the shirt, Al Ferguson of The... More »

Researchers Analyze 50 Years of Spanking Studies

It can lead to everything from antisocial behavior to mental illness

(Newser) - Not only is spanking ineffective when it comes to disciplining children, it can actually lead to everything from mental health problems to aggression. That's according to a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology in which researchers looked at 50 years of prior research on nearly 161,... More »

Mom's Craigslist Ad Selling Daughter's Truck Goes Viral

She's just one of 2 'meanest moms' to go viral this week

(Newser) - A Minnesota mom is getting a lot of attention for her Craigslist post selling her daughter's 1998 Dodge Ram, which starts off, "So, because I'm the World's Meanest Mom..." Amy Adams' 15-year-old daughter has been acting out, Adams tells WFMY , and the final straw was... More »

The Potential Issue With 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' Parenting

'Nicer' parent may not be able to compensate for the 'meaner' one

(Newser) - When a child has an overbearing parent, it's bound to be stressful, and it may even spur a "good cop, bad cop" dynamic between parents. But a new study published in Social Science and Medicine suggests that not only is such severe parenting linked to an increased risk... More »

Cops: Dad's Stranger- Danger Test Scares Kids Into Jumping Out Window

He's facing possible child-endangerment charges

(Newser) - A suburban Cleveland man (who apparently gets all his parenting tips from George Bluth ) had a friend pose as a threatening ex-convict during a test to see whether his teenagers would let a stranger into their home, prompting them to jump out a window and call 911, police say.... More »

Pushy Parents Turn Egg Hunt Into Melee

'Kind of like locusts'

(Newser) - This is why we can't have nice Easter egg hunts, kids: Your pushy parents. An Easter egg hunt organizer said the alleged adults in the crowd acted "kind of like locusts" and turned the hunt into a shoving match at the Pez candy company. Saturday's event in... More »

Mom Bills Son $1K for Being an 'A--hole'

Her son calls it a 'very effective parenting technique'

(Newser) - A Reddit user living in Toronto better be kissing up to his momma for quite a while: The 23-year-old student, who goes by Chalipo on Reddit, recently got into an argument with his mom about how much it had cost her to support him over the last 13 months, reports... More »

People With Psych Disorders Marry Each Other

Researchers analyze health data of more than 700K people in Sweden

(Newser) - When looking for love, people with psychiatric disorders tend to look toward their own, one new study suggests. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden report in JAMA Psychiatry that they combed the health histories of 707,263 people admitted to hospitals in Sweden between 1973 and 2009 and who... More »

My Dream of Being a Mom Never Came True, and That's OK

Becca Rothschild 'learned there are many ways to nurture'

(Newser) - Despite the fact that Becca Rothschild—even when she was a teenager—"desperately" wanted to be a mother someday, she's somehow made it to nearly 50—the end of her fertile years—with no kids and a sense of peace. "I like my life without children now—... More »

Dad Stands Trial for Taking Daughter's iPhone Away

'I didn’t want the police department telling me how to parent my child'

(Newser) - A Texas father arrested for taking away his daughter's cell phone as a punishment will avoid jail but may suffer an even worse fate. In 2013, Ronald Jackson viewed a text he thought was "rude" on his 12-year-old daughter's iPhone 4, so he confiscated it, CBS DFW... More »

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