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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:
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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 »

Kids are Kids Til They're 25: Psychologists

But is adolescence lasting longer, or are we just indulging our children?

(Newser) - If your 24-year-old is acting like a kid, don't worry—he or she actually is one, at least according to psychologists, who now say adolescence continues until we're 25. "Neuroscience has made these massive advances where we now don't think that things just stop at a... More »

Yelling at Your Kids Leads to Worse Behavior

Study suggests that scolding children doesn't help

(Newser) - Yelling at your rotten kids won't make them any less rotten—and might actually make things worse, a new study suggests. Researchers from the universities of Pittsburgh and Michigan found that 13-year-olds whose parents had used "harsh verbal discipline" on them tended to see a greater increase in... More »

Had a Baby Last Year? That'll Be $241K

And the price tag doesn't include college

(Newser) - If your middle-income family welcomed a baby last year and plans to raise him or her to the age of 18 (you may not want to anymore after reading this), you're looking at a $241,080 bill. That's according to a new USDA report, which sees the cost... More »

No Kids for Me, Thanks; There, I Said It

Meghan Daum explains her choice

(Newser) - The decision not to have kids seems to be entering the national conversation more and more, the Time cover on a "Childfree Life" being only the latest example. At the Los Angeles Times , Meghan Daum enters the fray: "Though I've offered hints in this column and elsewhere... More »

Dear DC: Kids Aren't Just for the Rich

It's time we started enacting policies that help parents: Kelly Diels

(Newser) - All of us, rich or poor, got here because our parents had children—yet these days, having kids is seen as a luxury to be enjoyed by the wealthy only, writes Kelly Diels on Salon . Celebrities are touted for wanting big broods, and rich people seem to parade their children... More »

Today's Legos Are Angrier

Happy plastic faces on the decline: study

(Newser) - Lego characters, it seems, are no longer living in a state of bliss. Once, the figures wore uniform smiles, whether they were gas station workers or hospital patients. Today, however, life has gotten more complicated: Since the 1990s, the number of angry Lego faces has climbed while the number of... More »

Up to 20% of US Kids Have Mental Disorder

Prevalence has been increasing for years

(Newser) - The CDC is out with its first report on mental disorders and kids, and the bottom line is a pretty heavy one: 13% to 20% of kids between ages 3 and 17 now suffer from a mental disorder, per the AFP . And that has costly implications: The disorders spur $247... More »

Parents Who Lick Kids' Pacifiers Thwart Allergies

Exposure to harmless bacteria may help ward off allergies

(Newser) - If your child's pacifier falls on the floor, a new study suggests you're doing the kid a disservice by rinsing it off in the sink. Instead, you might just want to pop it in your own mouth before giving it back to Junior. Parents who did that saw... More »

Mayer Beefs Up Yahoo's Maternity Policy

Move follows controversy over telecommute ban

(Newser) - Yahoo stirred up controversy when CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home ; now, Mayer is reaching out to fellow parents by way of a beefed-up maternity policy. Moms will now get 16 weeks of paid leave, with new dads getting eight, NBC Bay Area reports. That's double the new... More »

How Machiavelli Made Me a Better Mom

Suzanne Evans says his principles saved her family and her sanity

(Newser) - We've met Tiger Mom , Wolf Dad , French Mom , and even Nursing Mom . Now it's time for Machiavellian Mom. Suzanne Evans writes in the Wall Street Journal that she was at wit's end trying to manage her family of four kids under age 8—until she came across... More »

Boys May Shorten Their Moms' Lives

And not just because they become teenage boys

(Newser) - Are sons bad for your health? A Finnish study finds that women who had several don't live as long after the last birth as do women who have daughters. The research, however, may be a bit dated: Researchers reviewed 300 years of parish data, and most of the women... More »

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