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Mom Ends Up in Court After Taking Daughter's Phone

Though larceny charges were ultimately dismissed

(Newser) - A Michigan mom who took away her 15-year-old daughter's phone faced, at least briefly, 186 days in jail. Jodie May says she decided to punish the girl in April after she got into trouble at school, but then found herself under arrest in May after her ex-husband told police... More »

Yelling at Your Kids Doesn't Work, Makes You Look 'Weak'

There is a better way, and Stephen Marche explains one option

(Newser) - In the 1960s, 94% of parents used physical punishment on their children. In 2010, just 22% of parents did. Parents have figured out that there's a better way than spanking—and now it's time for yelling to experience that same reckoning. Most parents today yell at their kids,... More »

It Was Her Dream Dress. Her Dad Found a Way to Buy It

Ricky Smith picks up extra shifts at his 3 jobs to buy 14-year-old Nevaeha a dress for dance

(Newser) - Ricky Smith already works three jobs to support his family, so when his 14-year-old daughter, Nevaeha, came to him with a special request, he wasn't sure he could fulfill it. ABC News reports the Pittsburgh teen had her eye on a two-piece floral dress for her upcoming middle-school dance,... More »

One Kind of Parenting Is 'Form of Abusiveness'

The hovering parent takes another knock

(Newser) - Helicopter parenting usually gets a bad rap , and this is no exception. A recent study suggests that children who are more controlled by mothers will end up struggling with their emotions, impulses, and schoolwork later on, the Guardian reports. Published in Developmental Psychology , the study followed 422 children over an... More »

Parents Get $132K Claim After Kid's Touch Ruins Sculpture

5-year-old sent 'Aphrodite di Kansas City' crashing to the ground

(Newser) - Wrangling 5-year-olds can be challenging. Failing to do so can apparently be expensive. Or so learned a Kansas couple, who say they may be on the hook for a $132,000 sculpture their young son knocked over. ABC News reports that while at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland... More »

'Free-Range Parenting' Catching On Around US

Other states may follow Utah's lead in making it OK for parents to give kids more leeway

(Newser) - After Utah passed the country's first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids. Free-range parenting is the concept that giving kids the... More »

Don't Tie Children to Car Roofs to Hold Down Plastic Pools

Wisconsin mom charged with felony

(Newser) - A Wisconsin woman is facing charges after her 9-year-old son was tied to the roof of their minivan to help hold down a plastic pool, the AP reports. Prosecutors allege 28-year-old Amber Schmunk had her son hold down the molded pool they'd just purchased because it wouldn't fit... More »

Moms Still Put Babies to Sleep in Unsafe Positions

Less than half of mothers always put babies to sleep on their backs

(Newser) - In 1994, the "Back to Sleep" campaign launched, urging American parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, CBS News reports. According to News Medical , rates of infants sleeping on their back increased from 10% to 78% over... More »

Warning for Parents: Look Out for 'Blue Whale Challenge'

Online 'game' (or is it a hoax?) supposedly spurs kids to self-harm

(Newser) - Because parents don't have enough to worry about, both in the virtual and real worlds, a warning is now circulating about an online dare that could spur kids to engage in self-harm. Massachusetts' Sun Chronicle reports that school officials there emailed parents last week about the "Blue Whale... More »

No, Young Kids Don't Need a Father

No difference in well-being of kids of single moms by choice, heterosexual couples: study

(Newser) - Ladies considering becoming single mothers may get a confidence boost from a new study out of the Netherlands, which has found no difference in the well-being of young children raised by women who chose to become pregnant without a partner and those from more traditional households. With fertility treatments for... More »

Ivanka to WSJ: Paid Leave for Parents Not an 'Entitlement'

It's 'an investment in America's working families,' she writes in letter to paper

(Newser) - First daughter Ivanka Trump is defending a White House proposal to mandate paid leave for new parents in a letter to the editor published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, the AP reports. In a previous editorial titled "The Ivanka Entitlement," the paper had criticized the Trump administration... More »

New Theory on When Babies Should Be in Own Room

Study suggests moving them out of parents' room at 6 months improves sleep

(Newser) - More fodder for the debate on when babies should be sleeping in their own rooms: A new study in Pediatrics suggests 6 months of age is a good target, which generally contradicts advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP says babies should sleep in the same room as... More »

Study Finds Dads Play More With Sons

But they're more emotionally open with daughters

(Newser) - Dads play more with sons but are more open about emotions with daughters, according to a new parenting study published last month in Behavioral Neuroscience . The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports researchers looked at 52 fathers of toddlers in the Atlanta area, recording their interactions with their children for random 50-second increments... More »

A Nasty Custody Fight May Rewrite Definition of 'Parent'

'New Yorker' takes a long look at dispute between 2 women who are ex-partners

(Newser) - The New Yorker is devoting a great deal of space to a custody dispute, but the reason becomes clear soon enough. As the headline on Ian Parker's piece puts it, the outcome just might "redefine the legal meaning of family." The case pits Circe Hamilton, in her... More »

Amazon Could Owe Parents More Than $70M

Company reaches deal with FTC over in-app purchases

(Newser) - If your child racked up purchases in the Amazon Appstore without your permission between 2011 and 2016, the company might owe you some money. The Federal Trade Commission and Amazon settled on a deal Tuesday in which the company will refund parents whose children made in-app purchases without their consent,... More »

Dad's Public Method of Helping Son's Grades Is Slam Dunk

'Get your grades back up and next time you'll be here'

(Newser) - There aren't a lot of fathers who would attend an NBA game specifically to hold a sign encouraging their son to get better grades in front of a television audience. And there's maybe only one father who would bother to get that sign professionally made. "Thomas get... More »

Mom Takes Action After Seeing Son in Robbery Video

She says she turned the 12-year-old in to get him to turn his life around

(Newser) - A mother broke down in tears after recognizing her son in surveillance video of a robbery—then she turned the 12-year-old in to police. WXYZ reports the seventh-grader and two others are suspected of robbing a disabled man who was eating alone. The victim gave each of the suspects a... More »

There's a Site for People Who Want a Co-Parent, Not a Lover

With Modamily, singles can come together to have, raise a baby

(Newser) - In a modern world full of variations on parenting, the social network Modamily introduced a less-than-traditional way to co-parent: The site allows couples to meet with the sole intention of finding someone with whom to have and raise a child, but out of two households and without the intention of... More »

Parents: Popular Teething Toy Is Rife With Mold

Owner of Sophie the Giraffe says moisture has turned her toy into 'science experiment'

(Newser) - Sophie the Giraffe, a squeaky rubber teething toy, has become all the rage the past few years, despite a relatively steep price tag— Quartz noted in June its $24.99 cost compared with simpler teething toys that retail for less than $5. But Sophie's popularity may take a hit... More »

Here's How Much It Costs to Raise a Kid in the US

$233,610, on average, for middle-income couple with 2 kids

(Newser) - Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account. The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually, the AP reports. That's the average for a... More »

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