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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Obama Backs Restrictions on Morning-After Pill
President Obama said Thursday that he supported the Department of Health and Human Services overruling an FDA decision to allow an emergency morning-after contraceptive pill to be sold to girls younger than 17 without a prescription.

We Are the Median: Carefully Budgeting for Food, Health Care Costs
A family is living with a very careful budget – on the nation’s median income of about $50,000 a year.

Study: Abortion Doesn’t Raise Mental Illness Risk
Abortion does not increase a woman’s chance of developing mental health problems, according to the largest study ever to investigate the issue.

To Keep Marriage Healthy When Baby Comes, Share Housework
A survey identifies traits, like generosity, that help couples buck the trend toward marital discord once baby arrives.

U.S. to Test Therapy to Prevent Birth Defects
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is set to launch a large trial using antibodies to test a way to prevent birth defects, such as blindness and deafness, caused by mothers passing a common virus to their unborn babies.

The Teenage Babysitter, Replaced by Older Pros
Despite the cost, some parents are turning to career nannies, who come with references and experience, rather than the 15-year-old down the street, even if the need is for just a few hours on a weekend night.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

CDC: Doctors prescribing fewer antibiotics to kids
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday found that since the early 1990s, there’s been a 10 percent drop in prescription rates for antibiotics for kids 14 and younger.

Do Parents Put Too Much Pressure on Students?
In China, 68 percent of adults think parents pressure students too much, and just 11 percent think they don’t push them hard enough.

Domestic worker bill sparks outrage from parents
A bill making its way through the state legislature is supposed to
protect the rights of domestic workers, but critics said it will make it tough for parents to hire a babysitter.

Is “diet” a dirty word?
Here’s an update on the earlier post today about the controversial, new book (not yet available) “Maggie Goes on a Diet,” (Alohan, 2011) and how many experts, including the one quoted extensively in the previous post, believe that encouraging overweight children to diet can be psychologically damaging.

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Paying Your Babysitter

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

CalculatorWe know how crazy the back-to-school season can be. Sometimes you just don’t have time for school pick-ups and drop-offs, playdates, music lessons, sports and everything else in your kids’ busy lives. If you’re thinking about hiring a babysitter to help with your schedule, we found a new tool that can ease the hiring process.’s babysitter hourly rate calculator takes into account where you live, how many children you have and the amount of experience your caregiver has before it suggests what you should pay her. The tool provides a great rough estimate of what other babysitters in your area are earning, but remember to adjust her rate if you ask her to do extra tasks, like grocery shopping or laundry. Finding a babysitter you trust and your kids love can be hard, so don’t risk losing her because of money.

How much do you pay your babysitter?

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A Personality Assessment for Nannies

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Sample-positive-report-1Is there anything more stressful than hiring a nanny? I am sure there is, but the act of choosing someone to care for your beloved baby or child alone for long stretches of time while you are busy at the office has got to rank up there among the scariest risks many of us choose to take in our lives. Sure, we can do interviews, tryouts, reference checks, and even background checks, but it never feels like it’s enough.

The website Take Care aims to take at least some of the mystery out of the decision. The site’s NannyTest offers a psychological assessment of potential nannies or babysitters. The idea is that parents can ask the top candidate or candidates to take a 30-minute online test that will help make their decision about who to hire. Developed by an experienced psychological testing company, the 30-minute survey asks the candidate a battery of questions about her habits (drinking, gambling), personality, honesty, demeanor, and the like. It then sends the parents an easy-to-read report listing the candidate’s risk factors (does she drink? Gamble? etc.) and rating the candidate’s personality on issues such as self control and handling stress. Tests are $29.95. 

Would you use a service like this? Why or why not?

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