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Jacinda Ardern Has Very Public Parenting Moment

NZ prime minister's toddler interrupted her during a COVID update to the nation

(Newser) - Robert Kelly had his moment . Now Jacinda Ardern is having hers. The New Zealand prime minister was giving her nation a COVID update this week when she had a parenting moment that many who've had to work from home during the pandemic can relate to. Per CNN and NBC...

Mayim Bialik Now Facing Calls to Resign From Jeopardy!

Actor, podcaster under fire for past comments on parenting, vaccines

(Newser) - Executive producer Mike Richards resigned as permanent host of Jeopardy! last week, after only a day of filming, over newly resurfaced comments about women and Jews, leaving Mayim Bialik, selected as permanent host for prime-time specials, in the role of interim host. But as EJ Dickson writes at Rolling Stone ...

Study: Spanking Your Kids Is Good for Nothing
Study: Spanking Your
Kids Is Good for Nothing
new research

Study: Spanking Your Kids Is Good for Nothing

Researchers say it leads to negative outcomes, not positive ones

(Newser) - The upshot of a new study on spanking children: Just don't do it. "Parents hit their children because they think doing so will improve their behavior," explains senior author Elizabeth Gershoff of the University of Texas at Austin to CNN . "Unfortunately for parents who hit, our...

COVID Is Turning Me Into a Mom I Don't Want to Be
I'm the Mom
Who Yells in
Public. Thanks,
COVID
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I'm the Mom Who Yells in Public. Thanks, COVID

Psychotherapist writes an op-ed about her own struggles

(Newser) - Kristen Howerton isn't just a mom raising two teenage boys amid a pandemic. She's also a psychotherapist. Meaning, she gets it, she writes in a New York Times op-ed. She gets the struggles her teens are facing in these weird times, largely isolated from their friends and school...

Kristen Bell Found Daughters Drinking O'Doul's in Zoom Class

She says girls, 5 and 7, love nonalcoholic beer

(Newser) - "I'm going to get a lot of flack for this. And let me start by saying I don't care," Kristen Bell told the Say Yes! With Carla Hall podcast Tuesday before explaining how her young daughters developed a taste for beer. Nonalcoholic beer, that is. The...

Their Daughter Wanted a Pricey College. They Said No

Slate essay suggests parents have a duty to help their children avoid a costly mistake

(Newser) - In an essay at Slate , Melody Warnick writes how she and her husband made the difficult decision to quash their teenage daughter's hopes of going to a fancy—meaning expensive—art school out of state upon graduation. Warnick feels like a "monster" for doing so, but the middle-class...

She Ran a 'Love Village' for Kids. Now, 20 Years in Prison

Li Yanxia, who adopted 118 children, was less loving mother, more fraudster, Chinese court found

(Newser) - A wealthy businesswoman who became known as the "Love Mother" in China for adopting more than 100 children has a new label now: convicted fraudster. The BBC reports that 54-year-old Li Yanxia (aka Li Lijuan) was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Hebei province after being found guilty...

Why Dutch Parents Leave Their Children in the Woods

It's called 'dropping,' and there's a philosophy behind it

(Newser) - The Dutch call it "dropping": Parents drive their children to a remote location at night, drop them off, and say good luck. The tweens (and occasionally teens) have to navigate woods and dark roads and make it back to summer camp alone. Parents might follow but won't guide,...

The Smart Diaper Is Only Months Away

Lumi by Pampers sends text alerts when the diaper is wet

(Newser) - Ding! Your baby's diaper is wet. That's the idea behind Lumi by Pampers, a new line of smart diapers that text-alerts parents when the baby needs changing, CNN reports. The product also tracks the baby's sleep time and number of pees, but not—as a dad points...

Parents' Sleep May Suffer for 6 Years After Baby Arrives

If you just welcomed a little one, you can look forward to the year 2025

(Newser) - Being able to say, "The baby is finally sleeping through the night" may offer a mental boost, but that doesn't mean you're necessarily going to be getting a lot more shut-eye anytime soon. In fact, don't count on it for at least six years, the Telegraph ...

Her Kid Missed 5 Weeks of School. Mom Is Going to Jail

Michigan's Brittany Horton sentenced on a truancy charge

(Newser) - After a 6-year-old Michigan girl missed a bunch of school without the appropriate notes from home, the school tried to meet up with her mother to find out what was going on. After school officials say letters to Brittany Horton went unanswered and she didn't show up to meetings,...

Pediatrics Group to Parents: No Spanking, Yelling

AAP comes out with a much stronger policy statement against 'aversive' discipline

(Newser) - It's been two decades since the American Academy of Pediatrics issued an official stance about discipline, and in that time, the group's opinion has changed quite a bit. Its 1998 guidance recommended that "parents be encouraged and assisted in developing methods other than spanking in response to...

Parents Have a Whopping 32 Minutes to Themselves Per Day

According to new survey being called 'depressing'

(Newser) - If you have kids and feel like you never have any time to yourself, it's no illusion: You really don't. A new survey that Fox News is calling "depressing" finds that the average parent has just 32 minutes to him or herself each day. Meal delivery service...

Mom Ends Up in Court After Taking Daughter's Phone

Though larceny charges were ultimately dismissed

(Newser) - A Michigan mom who took away her 15-year-old daughter's phone faced, at least briefly, 186 days in jail. Jodie May says she decided to punish the girl in April after she got into trouble at school, but then found herself under arrest in May after her ex-husband told police...

Yelling at Your Kids Doesn't Work, Makes You Look 'Weak'

There is a better way, and Stephen Marche explains one option

(Newser) - In the 1960s, 94% of parents used physical punishment on their children. In 2010, just 22% of parents did. Parents have figured out that there's a better way than spanking—and now it's time for yelling to experience that same reckoning. Most parents today yell at their kids,...

It Was Her Dream Dress. Her Dad Found a Way to Buy It

Ricky Smith picks up extra shifts at his 3 jobs to buy 14-year-old Nevaeha a dress for dance

(Newser) - Ricky Smith already works three jobs to support his family, so when his 14-year-old daughter, Nevaeha, came to him with a special request, he wasn't sure he could fulfill it. ABC News reports the Pittsburgh teen had her eye on a two-piece floral dress for her upcoming middle-school dance,...

Helicopter Parenting Is 'Form of Abusiveness'
One Kind of Parenting
Is 'Form of Abusiveness'
new study

One Kind of Parenting Is 'Form of Abusiveness'

The hovering parent takes another knock

(Newser) - Helicopter parenting usually gets a bad rap , and this is no exception. A recent study suggests that children who are more controlled by mothers will end up struggling with their emotions, impulses, and schoolwork later on, the Guardian reports. Published in Developmental Psychology , the study followed 422 children over an...

Parents Get $132K Claim After Kid's Touch Ruins Sculpture

5-year-old sent 'Aphrodite di Kansas City' crashing to the ground

(Newser) - Wrangling 5-year-olds can be challenging. Failing to do so can apparently be expensive. Or so learned a Kansas couple, who say they may be on the hook for a $132,000 sculpture their young son knocked over. ABC News reports that while at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland...

'Free-Range Parenting' Catching On Around US

Other states may follow Utah's lead in making it OK for parents to give kids more leeway

(Newser) - After Utah passed the country's first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids. Free-range parenting is the concept that giving kids the...

Don't Tie Children to Car Roofs to Hold Down Plastic Pools

Wisconsin mom charged with felony

(Newser) - A Wisconsin woman is facing charges after her 9-year-old son was tied to the roof of their minivan to help hold down a plastic pool, the AP reports. Prosecutors allege 28-year-old Amber Schmunk had her son hold down the molded pool they'd just purchased because it wouldn't fit...

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