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'Toxic' Mom Called Family Meeting Before Opening Fire

Slain daughter was days away from marrying

(Newser) - Chilling details are continuing to surface in the shooting that left a mother and her two daughters dead in Texas. Authorities say Christy Sheats called a "family meeting" on Friday— her husband's birthday —and opened fire on daughters Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22, with a five-shot, .38-caliber... More »

Viral Photo of Mom, Twins Leaves Everyone Guessing

Can you tell which one's the mom?

(Newser) - What started out as a simple car selfie has turned into a viral sensation. Kaylan Mahomes of Indianapolis posted a pic on Twitter on Jan. 28 of herself, her twin sister Kyla, and their mom, captioned "Mom, twin & me," CNN reports. But that photo has caused thousands... More »

When It Comes to Mood Disorders, Girls May Be Like Mom

Mothers and daughters have similar brain circuitry

(Newser) - A woman with depression might have her mother's brain circuitry at least partly to blame, suggests a new study out of the University of California San Francisco . In the small but potentially groundbreaking study led by psychiatry professor Fumiko Hoeft, researchers discovered that the structure of the part of... 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 »

Mom, Daughter Give Birth 34 Minutes Apart

Tampa hospital has an unusual dual delivery

(Newser) - At 6:29pm on Feb. 19, Angela Patram gave birth to her fifth child. Just 34 minutes later, she became a grandma. Tampa General Hospital explains the unusual occurrence: Patram, 37, and her daughter, Teranisha Billups, 20, ended up giving birth on the same day, in rooms next door to... More »

18-Year-Old Plans to Marry Her Long-Lost Father

Young woman says the two were instantly attracted after a 12-year absence

(Newser) - It's been established that reuniting with long-lost relatives can and does result in "Genetic Sexual Attraction," a term coined in the 1980s. In fact, some have estimated that elements of sexual attraction occur in as many as half the cases of estranged loved ones who meet as... More »

Parents Charged After Falling Dresser Kills Girls

Dad didn't check on pair for 10 to 15 minutes after hearing crash: police

(Newser) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said yesterday. David Beatty, 28, of Aliquippa, Pa., is charged in the deaths of 2-year-old Brooklyn and... More »

Wendy Davis' Daughters Defend Their Mom

Amber and Dru write open letters after critics lash out at Davis

(Newser) - Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis has been taking flak of late from critics who say she was a lousy mom who has embellished her story of being a single parent, but two people very much in the know came to her defense today, reports the Washington Post . Her grown daughters.... More »

Take Our Daughters to Work Day Needs an Upgrade

Let's show girls not just the office but the CEO suite: Jennifer Allyn

(Newser) - Today is the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, and Jennifer Allyn at the Christian Science Monitor says it's time to declare mission accomplished and refocus on a bigger goal. Two decades ago, it was enough to get young girls in the workplace and "demystify"... More »

Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

It's a new take on divorce statistics

(Newser) - Sociologists have puzzled over an odd stat for years: Parents are more likely to divorce if they have girls instead of boys. The New York Times parenting blog today takes note of a new theory by a Notre Dame psychologist: Women who have daughters don't need a husband as much... More »

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