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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

News_image_newIf you’re pregnant you may have to give up your cup of joe—new research shows that caffeine can double your miscarriage risk. Reuters

Say it like you mean it! Is forcing your kids to say sorry a bad idea? Slate

Why fighting with your husband may help you live longer. Live Science

American girls are hitting puberty at younger and younger ages. LA Times

Sushi lovers, watch out: The New York Times tested the raw tuna at a variety of restaurants and found alarmingly high mercury levels at a quarter of them. New York Times

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

News_image_newAyelet Waldman explains why Britney Spears is actually good for mommies. New York Magazine

Twins, separated at birth, get married! A case that raises issues about a child’s right to know the identity of her biological parents. The Star

A life in photographs: Growing up in the age of digital cameras. Chicago Tribune

Graduating from high school is no longer enough; More urban schools are preparing their students for college. New York Times

Shorter babies have a higher suicide risk later in life, a new study suggests. BBC News

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

News_image_newThe latest in strange baby name rulings: An Italian couple is barred from naming their son Friday because the name has savage and sad connotations. Yahoo! News

The U.S. fertility rate is on the rise and is the highest it’s been since 1971. USA Today

Lynn Spears’ parenting book has been delayed indefinitely.
Chicago Tribune

Splitting up the nicer way: Collaborative divorce is gaining popularity. MSNBC

Dutch diplomat gives back an adopted child after 8 years. Time

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

News_image_newThe teenage birthrate has ticked upward for the first time since 1991. CNN

And the childhood cancer rate has gone down by 20% since 1990. Yahoo!

The Christmas/Haunkkah battle in interfaith marriages. New York Times

When amusement parks aren’t amusing—but deadly. Washington Post

Scary fact: Most parents are only preparing to pay for ¼ of their children’s college tuitions.

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No More Hugging It Out

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Get this: A Chicago area middle school has banned students from hugging, according to a Yahoo! News story. Administrators are worried that hugging in the hallways keeps students from getting to class on time—and that some of the hugging that was going on was excessively long and close. I especially like this quote from the school’s principal:

"Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions
than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls."

Whatever happened to "Hugs, not drugs?" I’m personally pro-hugging and in my opinion, students showing affection to each other is the least of our concerns. What do you think?

Thanks, Gawker, for the link!

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

News_image_newA nightmare that disturbs the sleep of most new mothers. Chicago Sun-Times

Who knew? A treatable eye disorder mimics symptoms of ADHD.
NY Times

Skip work, have sex, and if your baby’s born 9 months from today, you qualify for a prize! One catch, you must live in Ulyanovsk, Russia.
Yahoo! News

The worldwide childhood mortality rate is at a record low. BBC News

If your kids are off to school, but just virtually, they’re part of a growing trend for K-12 students. USA Today

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, July 6th, 2007

You think you’ve got SPF down. But what about those other claims on your sunscreen bottle? NY Times

The kids are not okay—A 12-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister kidnap their 1-year-old neighbor and hold him ransom for $200,000. CNN

We’ve all heard that women talk more than men. Not true, a new study finds.
Yahoo! News

When their home turns to chaos some parents skip calling their mothers for advice and hire a parenting coach. Boston Globe

Trend alert: A new Pew study shows that more and more kids are being born to cohabiting but unmarried couples. USA Today

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Kids = Wedded Bliss?

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

91216042_2d49559d64So what’s the “purpose” of marriage? According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, it’s all about the "mutual happiness and fulfillment" of adults rather than the "bearing and raising of children." (Out of nine factors that people associate with successful marriages, kids came in 8th!) Respondents chose among attributes such as sharing household chores, good housing, adequate income, a happy sexual relationship, and faithfulness.

Some experts are freaked out by this (we’re selfishly consumed with our own needs, etc.), but I’m not sure that’s the message here. Shouldn’t we be concerned with setting up a stable, loving home? And aren’t you supposed to take good care of yourself so that you’re able to take care of someone else? I may be reading this all wrong; obviously, there are many social and political issues at play. What do you think of the rankings?

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