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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 »

New App Keeps Kids From Ignoring Mom's Phone Calls

Frustrated mom invents Ignore No More app for Android

(Newser) - Watch out, kids: When her teens ignored her calls checking up on their safety, mom Sharon Standifird "literally just started researching how to develop an app" that would paralyze their phones until they called her back, she tells CBS New York ; thus, Ignore No More was born. The Android-exclusive... More »

Parents, Look at Your Kid, Not Your Smartphone

Pediatrician pleads for parents to put down their phones

(Newser) - A pediatrician's plea in the Washington Post for parents to put down their smartphones and make actual human contact with their kids might be worth it for the opening anecdote alone. Jane Scott explains that a dad brought his 2-year-old boy into her office, each absorbed in his own... More »

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 »

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