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'Cool Dad' Gets Prison for Letting 15-Year-Old Drive

Daughter crashed the SUV, killing three of her friends

(Newser) - A New York father who allowed his underage daughter drive his SUV, resulting in a crash that killed three of her friends, was sentenced to 16 years in prison today for what a judge called "reckless, stupid, and selfish" behavior. Michael Ware had let his 15-year-old daughter drive on... More »

NFL Star Takes Away His Kids' 'Unearned' Trophies

Many agree with Steeler James Harrison's take on 'entitlement culture'

(Newser) - Everyone gets a participation trophy—except James Harrison's kids. In an Instagram post over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker showed a photo of two awards his sons received for good grades as student-athletes from the Best of the Batch Foundation , a nonprofit organization founded by ex-NFLer Charlie Batch... More »

Cops: Dad Lets His Teen Girl Dance, Do Drugs at Club

The Pink Pony was maybe a bad choice for father-daughter bonding

(Newser) - A Florida man is facing a litany of charges after allegedly taking his 16-year-old daughter and her 17-year-old friend to a strip club and letting them drink, do drugs, and dance on stage, the Miami Herald reports. According to the Miami News Times , the Pink Pony Gentleman's Club was... More »

Parenthood More Depressing Than Death of Spouse

German study gives us the bad news

(Newser) - Why do so many people in the developed world stop having children after their first? That's the question researchers set out to answer in a study recently published in Demography . According to their findings, having a child made the majority of participants more unhappy than the death of a... More »

Babies Invade Workplaces in One US State

Newborns are a boost for productivity and moral, official says

(Newser) - Thanks to new policies being tested at two Washington state agencies, the sight of a baby falling asleep on a conference table or bouncing on a swing may become as common as a stapler, the Kitsap Sun reports. Recently, the state's Department of Health allowed new fathers, mothers, and... More »

Parents Drive 93 Miles, Realize They Forgot Girl, 3

They heard alert on radio after girl was picked up by police

(Newser) - When hitting the road on a summer holiday, you're bound to forget something. Hopefully it's not your toddler. Police are questioning a French family after they apparently forgot their 3-year-old daughter at a rest stop while heading south to the French Riviera for a vacation. Travelers found the... More »

Your Picky Eater Might Be Depressed

Moderate to severe fussy eaters show symptoms of anxiety, depression

(Newser) - Think your child’s picky eating is just a phase? There might be more going on than what isn't meeting his or her mouth. In a new Duke University study, scientists who analyzed 917 children aged 2 to 6, then interviewed parents about kids' eating habits and signs of... More »

Disobedient Kids Make More Money as Adults

Study finds it's a strong indicator on future income

(Newser) - Parents at their wits' end over an unruly kid might take heart: The brat will probably grow up to earn more than his well-behaving peers, a new study in Development Psychology suggests. Researchers with the University of Luxembourg, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Free University of Berlin... More »

Diner Owner: Crying Kid Deserved to Get Yelled At

'Who knew calling out sh---y parenting made you a bully?': Darla Neugebauer

(Newser) - What the New York Times calls the "wildfire capabilities of social media" were in action this week after the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a crying young child, then continued her non-apologetic rant on Facebook and with local media. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner... More »

Parents Favor Daughters When Times Are Tough

The bias is even stronger when kids approach reproductive age

(Newser) - "Almost all parents say that they don't favor one of their children over another," says the lead author of a new study that shows that sentiment flies out the window when times get tough, because "economic recessions subconsciously lead parents to prefer girls over boys."... More »

Girl Gets Racy on Facebook —Then Mom Steps In

Val Starks shows tough love to 13-year-old in now-viral Facebook video

(Newser) - Baltimore's "Mom of the Year" might have competition. A video showing a Denver mom lecturing her 13-year-old daughter about a secret Facebook page has gone viral, nabbing the young girl plenty of attention, but probably not the kind she wanted. Val Starks, 31, says she uncovered the secret... More »

Here's What Happens When a Working Couple Has a Kid

A once equal division of labor is equal no more

(Newser) - "These are the couples you would expect to have the most egalitarian relationships," is how researcher Claire Kamp Dush describes the participants in her study of dual-earner straight couples as they transitioned to parenthood. The male and female both work, are more highly educated than the average American,... More »

Cops: Florida Parents Gave Girls Drugs for Doing Chores

Joey and Chad Mudd allegedly used drugs an incentive for getting kids to school, too

(Newser) - When choosing between the carrot and the stick to motivate their girls, police say a pair of Florida parents chose a seriously illegal carrot. Joey and Chad Mudd of Largo were arrested Monday on child abuse charges: The couple are accused of smoking pot with their teen girls, ages 13... More »

We're Letting Our 6-Month-Olds Use Smartphones

Study: 14% of kids under one using mobile devices at least an hour a day

(Newser) - It's no surprise that America is letting its young use smartphones and tablets, but a new study reveals just how young is young. The answer: before our kids can "walk or talk," as a press release puts it. Philadelphia researchers surveyed 370 parents during a two-month period... More »

Judge: Taking Girl to Pink Concert Not Bad Parenting

Ruling: Mom's move didn't damage 11-year-old

(Newser) - Taking a preteen to a Pink concert does not make you a bad mother. That's the upshot of Judge Lawrence R. Jones' ruling. The case decided in New Jersey family court centered around a Dec. 11, 2013, concert that a mother (all parties identified by pseudonyms) attended with her... More »

How a 'Good Samaritan' Can Make a Mom a Criminal

They mean well, derail lives by calling cops over minor lapses

(Newser) - Kim Brooks left her 4-year-old son in the car for about five minutes on a "mild, overcast, 50-degree day" while she ran into a store—and her life went off the rails for years because a "good Samaritan" reported her to the police. After she wrote about her... More »

'Free-Range Kids' Again Picked Up by Authorities

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's kids were in a park near their home

(Newser) - It's not the first time Rafi and Dvora Meitiv have been picked up by authorities. This time, the Maryland kids, ages 10 and 6, were found at a park around 5pm yesterday; officials took them in after a bystander reported they were on their own. The park was about... More »

What the Study About 'Mommy Time' Did Wrong

Upshot blog: It's not enough to take a look at just 2 days

(Newser) - A story making the rounds earlier this week suggested that the amount of time parents spend with their kids doesn't make much of a difference in how the kids turn out. Don't believe it, writes Justin Wolfers of the Upshot blog at the New York Times . The study... More »

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 »

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