Must-see video: “How to Dad,” a great new ad from Cheerios

Smart, funny and utterly winning. One blogger writes:  It is well shot and the guy playing the dad is fantastic. Also, it is funny without being condescending, and that is hard. So often, humor in commercials is at the expense of someone. These diapers are so simple even these stumbling dads can handle them! Dad can’t [Read More...]

Most popular baby names for 2013

From the Social Security Administration, via USA TODAY, here they are: Noah ended Jacob’s 14-year reign as the top baby name for boys in 2013, while Sophia was the most popular name for girls for the third straight year, the Social Security Administration announced Friday. Jacob slipped to third; Liam was second. Among girls, Emma and Olivia ranked second [Read More...]

Woman who underwent fertility treatment carrying the wrong embryos

Oops. Details, from AFP:  A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up, press reports said Sunday. Italy’s health ministry said it was launching an investigation into the mix-up, which was only discovered when the woman was three months [Read More...]

American bishop on contraception: “That train left the station long ago”

The German bishops have weighed in on their survey results for the upcoming synod, and now an American bishop offers a snapshot of what some Catholics in his diocese had to say. Bishop Robert Lynch of  St. Petersburg, Florida, reports that nearly 7,000 people responded. Some highlights, from his blog:  Before you start looking at [Read More...]

Catholic father, claiming religious objections, sues over mandatory vaccinations

From The Staten Island Advance in New York City: Subjecting his children to required vaccinations would “defile” God’s creation of the immune system, anger God and constitute a sacrilege, maintains a Bay Terrace father, who opposes immunization on religious grounds, according to a recently filed lawsuit. A practicing Roman Catholic, the father, identified in an [Read More...]

Must-see video: “My parents brainwashed me”

And he’s eternally grateful. Check out this sensational performance from a Bronx Poetry Slam held earlier this year. This kid gets it. And so do his parents. [Read more...]

Judge: no, you can’t name your child “Messiah”

Details, from AP:  A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.” Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV ( boy’s parents were in court because they could [Read More...]

New app helps track best times to conceive

NFP on your smartphone? Sounds like it:  Glow, the fertility tracking iOS app co-founded by Max Levchin, is making its debut in the app store today. The app was first introduced earlier this summer by Levchin to a surprised audience at the D11 conference, where the crowd was likely not expecting to hear the co-founder of PayPal and [Read More...]

Panel to Explore ““Children’s Privacy Rights Against Their Parents”

This flitted by on my Twitter feed, and really gave me pause, from the Association of American Law Schools:  The AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy invites papers for its program on “Children’s Privacy Rights Against their Parents” for the Annual Meeting, to be held on January 2-5, 2014. Topic Description: Electronic surveillance technology and [Read More...]

“What Kind of Parent Forgets a Baby?”: The Tragedy of Children Killed by Heat

From the Washington Post:  An 8-month-old boy died Friday after he was apparently left in his mother’s car while she was at work, Alexandria police said. The exact cause of the child’s death was not immediately known, but the temperature reached 90 degrees at Reagan National Airport. Typically, temperatures inside cars with closed windows rise [Read More...]