8-Year-Old Dies Following Supposed Sudden Cardiac Arrest
After local emergency services received a call at 8 a.m. Thursday morning about a boy at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School who had difficulty breathing, the boy was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He died later that evening, according to local news station WBTV. While lethal heart problems in otherwise healthy children are rare, there are a number of conditions that could explain a sudden cardiac death or life-threatening heart attack in young patients. (ABC)
U.S ‘decades behind’ other countries in parental leave, report says
Human Rights Watch finds that 178 countries have national laws guaranteeing paid leave for new mothers and more than 50 nations for new fathers. The US is one of the few exceptions in the company of Swaziland and Papa New Guinea. Past efforts in Congress to enact a paid family leave law have floundered, drawing opposition from business lobbyists who say it would be a burden on employers. (MSNBC) Mom gives birth in Kansas hospital elevator
Alyssa Lynn Leming arrived Friday as her parents rushed through the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence. It took just an hour from the onset of severe contractions to the birth of the 5-pound, 11-ounce girl whom they have nicknamed Ellee for her unusual arrival. Leming told The Lawrence Journal-World that she and her husband, Patrick, just couldn’t reach the delivery room in time. When the elevator door opened, Leming says she asked the assembled staff, “Can somebody please catch her head?” (MSNBC)
Mom sells kids’ toys on eBay as punishment
One mom, fed up with her boys’ the popular Japanese manga Beyblade and how they wrecked her bathtub, decided to gather the offending tops —— and put them on eBay. She even posted a picture of her sons, one clearly in tears, while the younger one has a mug shot look, as he holds up the zip lock bag of Beyblades to present to the buying public. (MSNBC)
How breast pumps became a political issue
For decades, breastfeeding has been an inflammatory topic among moms, the relative merits and burdens inspiring books, blogs, and sideways glances. So perhaps it was inevitable that the issue would spark a political firestorm among Mama Grizzlies this week. It began innocently enough. At an intimate press conference kicking off the second year of her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of early intervention. And in highlighting steps parents can take, she recommended that women breastfeed their babies, because “kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese.” (Yahoo)
Mom sells kids’ toys on eBay as punishment
Used to be, kids were made to take a timeout when they acted up, or maybe even a spanking. But now, parents have other options, like selling their treasured toys on eBay as punishment. One mom, fed up with her boys’ fancy spinning tops and how they wrecked her bathtub, decided to gather the offending tops — the popular Japanese manga Beyblade toy — and put them on eBay. She even posted a picture of her sons, one clearly in tears, while the younger one has a mug shot look, resigned to his fate, as he holds up the zip lock bag of Beyblades to present to the buying public. (MSNBC)
Resarch revealed the following information about these four gifter categories:
The Emotional Gifter: Forty-two percent of women identify with this profile and buy unique, thoughtful gifts for each person on their list to show they really understand that person, plan ahead, wrap their own presents and take the time to hand-write a card.
The Practical Gifter: Nearly a quarter, 21 percent, of women consider themselves to be practical gifters, often giving gift cards or cash, and prefer to allow the recipient to make the decision about what’s best to buy.
The Convenience Gifter: Sixteen percent of women identify with this profile, approaching holiday shopping with maximum efficiency, getting shopping done at one store or on one website. These women feel holiday shopping is something that needs to get done, rather than a joyful experience.
The Last Minute Gifter: Thirteen percent of women consider themselves to be last minute gifters, typically buying gifts close to the holidays. They don’t often plan ahead and hurry through the mall at the last minute.
70% of women feel pressure to find the perfect gift, but for 60% shopping brings more stress than joy. 76% also believe exchanging gifts in person is important. More surprising information revealed that Last Minute Gifters were composed more of Gen Y/Millenial women around their 20s while Practical Gifters were composed more of Boomers women around their 50s.