Obama Loses Stay-at-Home Moms’ Support (If He Ever Had It)

There's quite a brew erupting in social media over remarks by President Obama this week about stay-at-home mothers.  I am reminded, as I was when he made the infamous remark in 2011 about not wanting his daughters to be "punished with a baby", that the President and I reside in different universes on social issues.Speaking yesterday in Rhode Island, the president called for more taxpayer-spending on early education programs in order to "make sure that women are full and equal participants i … [Read more...]

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Should You Take Your Child to the Cemetery?

When a loved one dies, should you take your small child to the funeral?I know it's Halloween and all, but this is a serious question--and it was given a very serious answer in the French Catholic newspaper La Croix.  Daniel Oppenheim, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and the author of Dialogues With Children About Life and Death, offers advice to parents of young children.I'm not sure there's any one "right" answer--but I'll share some of his insights.   If your experience in your own f … [Read more...]

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Happy Homecoming for Justina Pelletier, After State Drops Its Controversial Charge of Medical Child Abuse

"I'm so happy, I'm so excited, oh, my gosh!" said 16-year-old Justina Pelletier when asked about her reaction to news that she'll be going home to her parents after sixteen months in state custody.The Connecticut teenager was removed from her family home by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families after a disagreement between two highly regarded medical centers regarding the teen's medical diagnosis.Justina had been treated at Tufts Medical Center for mitochondrial disease, … [Read more...]

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