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McDonald's Fires Mom Who Let 9-Year-Old Play Alone

But Debra Harrell now has custody of daughter again

(Newser) - The South Carolina single mom arrested for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in a park while she worked at McDonald's has been given her daughter back—but has lost her job. The lawyer representing Debra Harrell pro bono says McDonald's has let her go, but he isn't... More »

Letting Kids Play Outside Shouldn't Be Illegal

South Carolina mom jailed for sending 9-year-old to the park

(Newser) - Should sending your kid to play alone at a local park land you in jail? Because that's what happened to Debra Harrell. The 46-year-old South Carolina mom repeatedly sent her 9-year-old daughter to a well-trafficked park while she went to work at McDonald's. When the parents of other... More »

Unwed Parents' 'Magic Moment' Lasts 'Til Kid Is 3

Window in which marriage is likely lasts longer than thought

(Newser) - Attention, unmarried-and-maybe-procrastinating parents of the world: Conventional wisdom has long held that you have a "magic moment," or window, after the birth of your child in which it's most likely you'll put a ring on things. But new research from Duke University shows that the magic... More »

Another Study Finds No Link Between Vaccines, Autism

Researchers conclude vaccinations are generally safe

(Newser) - Another day, another study asserting that vaccines don't cause autism: This time, researchers analyzed 67 different studies and found no evidence that immunizations cause autism. "There is a lot of misinformation out there about vaccines," a co-author tells USA Today . "With the rise of the Internet... More »

Cereal Problem: Kids Are Getting Too Many Vitamins

Too much vitamin A, zinc, niacin can cause problems

(Newser) - We're told to get our vitamins—but there's a line when enough is enough, and when kids eat fortified breakfast cereal, they may be crossing that line, USA Today reports. "Millions of children are ingesting potentially unhealthy amounts" of three nutrients: vitamin A, zinc, and niacin, per... More »

What a New Mom's Suicide Teaches Us

She was convinced she'd caused son brain damage

(Newser) - Experts long thought that symptoms of postpartum mental illness appear within weeks of a baby's birth. But the heartbreaking story of Cindy Wachenheim, recounted in the New York Times , is among the tragedies that defy that theory. When Wachenheim's son was four months old, she began showing signs... More »

Think You'd Never Forget About Kid in Car? Try Again

Parent blogger fesses up to close call after latest case, a death in Atlanta

(Newser) - A dad in Atlanta is facing murder charges after apparently forgetting about his child being inside a hot car, and Aaron Gouveia at Time knows exactly what you're thinking: "Oh my God, what a horrible parent. I would never let that that happen." Except Gouveia knows just... More »

Kids' Parties Gone Wrong Lead to Parents' Arrests

Alcohol and tattoos are not meant for the pre-teen set

(Newser) - Two police reports illustrate what results when adult supervision is a little shaky: drunk fifth-graders and tattooed 12-year-olds. The first case is from Rhode Island, where three 10- and 11-year-old girls ended up drunk and in the hospital, reports AP . They were hanging out at the home of one of... More »

Brit Parents Arrested Over Son's Weight

11-year-old was 210 pounds

(Newser) - Suspected of child neglect and cruelty, a pair of British parents were arrested—over concerns about their son's weight. The 11-year-old is just over five feet tall and weighs 210 pounds; his body mass index is 41.8, the New York Times reports, via the Sun. A BMI of... More »

More US Moms Waiting Until Late 30s to Have Kids

Birth rates for those 35 and older rising sharply

(Newser) - More and more Americans are waiting to have kids until they're in their late 30s or even 40s, according to a recent Pew study and CDC figures released today. In 2012, 15% of first-time moms were over age 35, up from just 1% in 1970, the Wall Street Journal... More »

Alicia Silverstone's 7 Wackiest Pieces of Mom Advice

'The Kind Mama' proves to be a controversial book

(Newser) - Is Alicia Silverstone soon to be as widely derided as Jenny McCarthy ? Her new book, The Kind Mama, offers up some controversial advice for mothers—including Silverstone's idea that the "one-size-fits-all, shoot-'em-up schedule" of childhood vaccinations has caused some parents to bemoan the fact that "... More »

Sprint Unveils 'Starter' Phone for Kids

$10 a month device aimed at 5- to 12-year-olds

(Newser) - Is your kid ready for her first cell phone? Sprint's hoping so, and the company wants to be the first to put a device in your 5- to 12-year-old's pocket. Its offering: the WeGo, which Sprint it marketing as "Safe. Simple. Secure." The no-frills phone contains... More »

Why I Sail the World With My Child

Diane Selkirk defends the 'Rebel Heart' sailing family

(Newser) - Diane Selkirk has heard the criticism of the Kaufman family , who decided to sail around the globe with their two young children only to see one of them fall ill and need to be rescued . But on Slate , she explains why "adventure sailing with young children," while risky,... More »

Please, Stop Writing About How Awful Parenting Is

You're scaring people who don't yet have kids: Ruth Graham

(Newser) - Ruth Graham has noticed an alarming trend popping up all over her Facebook news feed: "an endless stream of blog posts and status updates depicting the messy, tedious, nightmarishly life-destroying aspects of parenting." Think lists with titles like, "All the Birth Control You’ve Ever Needed in... More »

Babies Really Do Fake-Cry

It's a technique to get what they want: study

(Newser) - Looks like babies have been tricking us. Just as many parents suspected, infants sometimes cry without actually being upset, a new study suggests. Instead, their tears are aimed at getting what they want, the Week reports. A researcher in Japan reviewed 102 crying episodes of two babies; he filmed the... More »

UK Children's Official: Ban All Parental Smacks

Maggie Atkinson says it's strange that pets get stronger protection

(Newser) - Britain's official in charge of children's welfare may have just launched a national debate on the nanny state. Maggie Atkinson tells the Independent that she thinks parents should face criminal punishment for even mild smacks of their kids. The quote roiling up the British press:
  • “Personally, having
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New Birth Defect Risk: Dad's Vitamin Deficiency

Father's lack of B9 jacks risk 28% in baby mice

(Newser) - Seems it's not just moms-to-be who need to watch what they eat. Men who don't get enough vitamin B9 may put their children at higher risk of birth defects, a study suggests. "It’s always put on the mother that it’s her health that determines the... More »

More Than One in 10 Kids Has ADHD: US

Figure keeps increasing, says CDC survey

(Newser) - The number of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise, health officials say. The latest survey says more than one in 10 children has been diagnosed with it. ADHD has been increasing for at least 15 years. Experts think that's because more doctors are looking for ADHD,... More »

Go the F--k to Sleep Guy: You're Terrible at Parenting

But then, so is everyone else: Adam Mansbach

(Newser) - It's appalling the way some parents are raising their kids. Just look around: There's that couple letting their children rot their brains with iPhones throughout an entire restaurant meal. Or that dad ripping a tutu off his son for fear it'll turn him gay. Or the mom... More »

Weeklong Experiment: Mom Wears Axe Spray

Dahlia Lithwick joins ranks of teen boys

(Newser) - It seems Axe body spray is contagious. Dahlia Lithwick was too familiar with its "olfactory terrorism" after her sons, ages 10 and 8, started wearing the brand's body wash, deodorant, and spray in imitation of their 13-year-old cousin. She teased, she joked, and then she one day discovered... More »

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