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What Kids Would Ask the 2012 Presidential Candidates

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

To prepare for the first presidential debate at the University of Denver today, the  Children’s Hospital Colorado (where Parents advisor and Goodyblog columnist Dr. Harley Rotbart works) recently put together this funny and thoughtful short video.

Colorado kids of different ages and backgrounds were asked to share the questions they felt presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney should answer during their debates.  These cute and clever kids also share their favorite hobbies and what they want to be when they grow up. Some of the silly and serious questions these kids want to ask include:

  • Do you like dinosaurs?
  • How will you decrease childhood obesity?
  • Will you make the school year shorter?
  • How can you help me pay for college?
  • What are you doing to improve children’s health care?

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Exclusive Infographic: Parents’ Biggest Concerns for Their Kids

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Parents partnered with The Center for the Next Generation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort that aims to help the country come together to create a stronger future for our children. As we gear up for our first presidential debate on October 3—which focuses on domestic policy—we want the candidates to know about parents’ biggest concerns. This infographic spells it out in no uncertain terms.

The big story, of course, is how the recession has impacted all of us. A full 90 percent believe that there aren’t enough jobs that pay enough to support a family. More than a quarter of parents have had to work longer hours (or their partner has) because of the economic downturn. It’s directly affected children, too: 36 percent of parents say that they haven’t been able to afford for their kids to participate in some of the activities their friends participate in.

And in one of the most eye-opening findings, nearly 20 percent of parents said that the recession contributed to their decision not to have another child.

This is surely why two-thirds of parents, when asked to choose between an extra $10,000 per year or an extra hour every day of quality time with their children, opted for the money. It makes you wonder: If you were given the choice, what would you pick?

Here’s hoping that when President Obama and Governor Romney meet in Denver next week, they address the issues that cause so much of the anxiety that goes hand-in-hand with post-recession parenthood.

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Infographic designed by Frank Augugliaro

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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Premature Babies Have Higher Mental Illness Risk
Babies born prematurely have a much higher risk of developing severe mental disorders including psychosis, bipolar disorder and depression, according to a study to be published on Monday.

FDA Warns About Benzocaine in Baby Pain Gels
A new consumer update released by the Food and Drug Administration says babies and benzocaine–an ingredient found in many over the counter pain gels and liquids–don’t mix.

Facebook Mulls Letting Kids Under 13 Aboard
Facebook’s 13-and-up age cut-off could soon be a thing of the past.

Most New Moms Don’t Meet Own Breastfeeding Goals
Two thirds of new mothers who intended to breastfeed exclusively for several months or more didn’t meet their own goals in a new study.

Obama Writes Note to Excuse Boy from School
When a Minnesota fifth-grader skipped school to see his father introduce President Obama at a campaign event, he received the excuse note of a lifetime, personally written by the president himself.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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In Choosing a Sperm Donor, a Roll of the Genetic Dice
In households across the country, children conceived with donated sperm are struggling with serious genetic conditions inherited from men they have never met.

Birth-Defect Risk Seen in Assisted Conception
An Australian survey of about 300,000 pregnancies, with more than 6,000 resulting from fertility treatments, found that treatment was associated with a 28 percent greater risk for birth defects.

Watching TV Linked to Poor Diet in Students
A national survey of more than 12,000 students in grades 5 to 10 has found that television viewing is associated not only with unhealthy snacking while watching, but also with unhealthy eating at all times.

Play Baseball Against a Girl? Arizona School Forfeits Game Instead
A Phoenix Catholic school, Our Lady of Sorrows, decided it would rather lose a baseball championship than play against a team with a girl.

First Lady Has Plan to Get Kids Involved in Sports
The first lady is partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Partnership for a Healthier America, U.S. Paralympics and numerous national governing bodies that have pledged their time and resources toward introducing young people to their sports over the course of the summer.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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10 States Given Waivers From No Child Left Behind Law
President Obama will waive central provisions of the No Child Left Behind federal education law for 10 states that have embraced his educational agenda and promised to raise standards, and improve accountability and teacher effectiveness, the White House announced on Thursday morning.

FDA Approves a 10-Minute, No-Comb Treatment for Head Lice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday a prescription-strength lotion for the treatment of head lice in children 6 months and older.

C-Sections Can Increase Premature Babies’ Risk of Breathing Problems
Contrary to popular belief, cesarean section appears not to be the best way to deliver preterm babies who are small for their age, according to research presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Youths Are Watching, but Less Often on TV
Americans ages 12 to 34 are spending less time in front of TV sets, even as those 35 and older are spending more, according to research that will be released on Thursday by Nielsen, a company that tracks media use.

Pageant Mom’s ‘Go-Go’ Juice Comes Under Fire
One mother routinely gives her daughter caffeine before each pageant competition.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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Home Births in U.S. Rise to Highest Level on Record, Study Shows
Home births rose 29 percent from 2004 to 2009, to almost three quarters of a percent of all U.S. live deliveries, the highest level since 1989, according to health authorities.

Obama Wades Into Issue of Raising Dropout Age
President Obama’s call for every state to require students to stay in school until they turn 18 is Washington’s first direct involvement in an issue that many states have found tough to address.

Kids’ Health Predicts Parents’ Future Heart Disease
Parents of children suffering from high cholesterol or blood pressure have been found to have a higher incidence of heart disease and diabetes later on, a U.S. study said.

Baby Born Deformed After Misdiagnosed Ectopic Pregnancy
Thinking Seraphine was an ectopic pregnancy, doctors gave her mom methotrexate to abort.

How the Recession Has Affected Your Kids in an Unexpected Way
Kids live out their parents’ financial stresses, according to a new study. That is, your money problems today could hurt them tomorrow.

Dad Raps About Wife’s Labor Contractions: Can Humor Ease the Pain of Delivery?
Rap improv during labor? Maybe this dad knows that laughter can help relieve stress and ease pain.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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Affluent Children Are More Physically Fit Than Poor Ones
Elementary schools in affluent districts have far more physical education specialists than those in poor ones.

Controversy Grows Over Pro-Spanking Book After Abuse Deaths
Michael Pearl’s book “To Train Up a Child” is coming under fire after the caretakers in three separate deadly child abuse cases reportedly owned the book.

Mother-Toddler Bond Linked to Teen Obesity
Toddlers who have poor relationships with their moms are more likely to pack on extra pounds as they grow up, a new U.S. study shows.

Doctors Split on Vaccine Strategy to Shield Babies
A large group of U.S. doctors on Monday gave the green light for pediatricians to offer vaccines to close family members of babies who are too young to get shots themselves.

The Nurse-In: Why Breast-Feeding Moms Are Mad at Target
Nursing mothers intend to turn out en masse from Maine to Oregon to breast-feed their babies while wandering through after-Christmas markdowns or sipping a latte in the in-house Starbucks — it’s a maternal twist on civil disobedience: the nurse-in.

On Tape: Baby Puts Fingers in President’s Mouth
President Obama got a Christmas Day surprise when a baby put his hand in the president’s mouth.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 9th, 2011

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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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