“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...]

Study Finds Record Number of “Breadwinner Moms”

Details:  A record 40% of households with children include “breadwinner moms,” according to a report out today. These moms are the sole or primary source of income for households with children younger than 18, a Pew Research Center analysis finds. Theanalysis looked at data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “The share of households with children where there is [Read More...]

More parents naming their baby boys “Messiah”

From Reuters:  Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said on Thursday. Jacob has become a standby for boys’ names, topping that category for the 14th straight year. Liam [Read More...]

It’s come to this: dad pays teenage daughter $200 to quit Facebook

A writer at CNET takes note: If there’s one thing young people truly understand, it’s bribery. From their very formative years, parents bribed them to keep quiet, behave, wear appropriate clothing — even, sometimes, desist from using rude words. So it might seem utterly canny of Paul Baier, the vice president of a Massachusetts energy [Read More...]

Life with father: a great time lapse video

There’s something delightful and sweet about this: Kansas dad Emio Tomeoni shows how he spent the afternoon at home with his kid. I’m glad he cleaned up after.  (And I bet Mom is glad, too…) [Read more...]

NY Times: gay couples face pressure to have children

Welcome to the 21st century. Details:  When the jubilant couple were wed in June, they exchanged personalized vows and titanium rings, cheered the heartfelt toasts and danced themselves breathless. Then, as the evening was winding down, unexpected questions started popping up. One after another, their guests began asking: Are you going to have kids? When [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting

My nominee for Mother of the Year: A Phoenix, Ariz., woman put her 5-week-old baby on top of her car in his car seat and drove away, apparently forgetting he was there, not even noticing when the seat fell off the car and landed in an intersection, police said. Neighbors discovered the baby on the [Read More...]

Judging a bookstore by its covers

My blog neighbor Nancy French visited a bookstore in Tennessee the other day and got an eyeful: There, right next to the nice Civil War section (this is Tennessee, after all) is apparently a “sexuality” section, showing various sexual positions in plain view.  And when I showing, I mean showing. One book promised to make this [Read More...]

Insult: the low wages paid to child care providers

In the wake of the Romeny/Rosen kerfuffle, Elizabeth Duffy crunches some numbers: My friend, Beth, stays home from work, homeschools her children, and has a Master’s Degree in Biology. Her neighbor, who was going back to work after some time at home, asked Beth if she’d babysit for her son. Thinking it might be good [Read More...]

Congratulations on giving birth to your…whatever

This evidently kicked up a storm (pun intended) last week: news about a Canadian couple that has decided to keep their new baby’s gender a secret. Details: When Kathy Witterick gave birth to her third child in January, friends and family knew not to send blue or pink balloons. The Toronto Star reports that, following [Read More...]


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