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Drunk Dad Lets 8-Year-Old Drive, Say Police

Family was on trip from Mississippi to Texas

(Newser) - And today's Parent of the Year Award goes to: Billy Joe Madden, who allegedly let his 8-year-old drive during a family trip from Mississippi to Texas ... while dear old dad was passed out drunk in the passenger seat. State police arrested Madden after receiving an early morning call yesterday... More »

Why Parenting Makes Us Unhappy

Kids stress us out—but we still find them rewarding

(Newser) - Ask parents if their children make them happy and they’ll likely say yes. So why does almost every study on the subject show that having children tends to make people less happy—and that, in fact, many parents love their kids but hate parenting? In an extensive New York... More »

How to Tell if You're Raising a Hipster Brat

Forget about the Ramones education and teach manners instead

(Newser) - David Hochman tackles the question surely foremost on every parent’s mind: “Am I raising a douchebag?” Sure, you want your kid to be hip, and you might think it’s cute when your offspring “can tell which Ramone is Dee Dee and which one is Joey.”... More »

Older Women More Likely to Have Autistic Kids

Women over 40 face double the risk compared to moms under 25

(Newser) - Older mothers face an increased risk of giving birth to a child with autism, a new study says. Researchers analyzed all 4.9 million births in California in the 1990s and found that women who give birth over the age of 40 are 77% more likely to have an autistic... More »

NY Gunman Surrenders in School Standoff

SWAT and local police negotiating with hostage-taker in Pine Plains

(Newser) - A gunman holding an upstate New York school principal hostage has surrendered and is in custody, reports CNN . More than 100 police officers and a SWAT team negotiated with the gunman, who a local official said was a former student in his 40s. Pine Plains is located about 90 miles... More »

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