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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 »

Why I Want My Daughter to Be Gay Like Me

For Sally Kohn, being gay has always been 'a gift'

(Newser) - CNN political commentator and mom Sally Kohn is offering an outlook on parenting she says even her friends aren't so sure about: "I'm gay," Kohn writes in the Washington Post , "and I want my kid to be gay, too." Kohn says that despite the... More »

Babies' Bond With Parents Helps Fight Teen Anxiety

Researchers point to value of forging an early connection

(Newser) - The bond a baby forges with his or her parents may have big implications for the child's mental health as a teenager, a study finds. Researchers evaluated children's behavior starting at the age of four months, watching how they reacted to seeing their mothers after a period apart,... More »

Are Toddlers Drinking More Coffee Than We Think?

At least one study suggests as much

(Newser) - Toddlers may not be your typical Starbucks clientele, but at least one study suggests a fair number know how to enjoy a cup of joe. The study was highly specific and thus probably can't be applied to the general population, Real Clear Science reports: It dealt with about 300... More »

Mom's Suit Aims to End Tackle Football Among Preteens

Debra Pyka says her young son's dementia was tied to the game

(Newser) - In 2012, when Joseph Chernach was 25, he took his own life. His mother says he had been living with a type of dementia called CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy—which she believes was brought on by childhood football games, NBC News reports. Chernach played in a Wisconsin-Michigan Pop Warner... More »

Parenting Hinges More on Money Than Marriage

And US parents are generally doing a good job: study

(Newser) - We often focus on the parents' marital situation as the key factor in a child's experience—but whether a child is raised by a single parent or a married couple is a minor issue compared to whether she's raised in financial comfort, a study says. "Resources led... More »

American Babies Laugh Less Than Dutch Ones Do

Possibly because US parents value independence, experts say

(Newser) - It seems cultural differences are visible at a very early age: less than one year old, to be precise. A new study has found that Dutch babies laugh and smile more than US infants, and they cuddle more, too, per a Washington State University post at Eureka Alert . American babies... More »

Baby With Rare Disease Can't Be Touched by Mother

2-month-old Kiira Kinkle's skin blisters at the touch

(Newser) - Two-month-old Kiira Kinkle's little fingers and toes are bandaged every day. Her mother can't touch her skin. And every night, her sisters pray her "owies" will go away. Kiira has the severest form of a rare disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), which makes her skin... More »

New Mom Leaves Hospital Early, Loses Baby for a Week

Health workers thought mother was on drugs: report

(Newser) - Advocates for pregnant women are raising their voices over what they say is growing suspicion over substance abuse—suspicion that is often unfair. At Cosmopolitan.com , Ada Calhoun recounts the story of one California mother's nightmare: When Tiffany Langwell, 38, gave birth to a daughter, she left the hospital... More »

Moms With More Kids Get More Done at Work

But research comes with some caveats

(Newser) - Having kids doesn't hurt a mom's performance at work; in fact, it may enhance it, a study suggests. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (who are all male, the Washington Post reports) found that in the span of three decades, moms were more productive than... More »

Will Family's 13th Kid Finally Be a Girl?

Kateri Schwandt would be just fine with another boy

(Newser) - The Schwandt family has 12 kids—all boys. Now, they're expecting a new sibling, and the parents are waiting until it's born to find out its sex, MLive reports. "If we were to have a girl, I think we would go into shock," says Michigan mom... More »

Cult of Parenting Is Destroying Marriage

Sometimes we need to put our partners first, write Danielle and Astro Teller

(Newser) - In the US, parenting today is comparable to a religion: "Nothing in life is allowed to be more important than our children, and we must never speak a disloyal word about our relationships with our offspring," write Danielle and Astro Teller at Quartz . As evidence, they point to... More »

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