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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Obesity and Other Targets of Children’s Museums
In addition to creating future museumgoers, children’s museums seek to teach and to cater to groups with specific needs, like children in foster care and those with autism.

Is It Safe to Play Yet?
Some new parents are going to extreme lengths to protect their children from household toxins. But how far is too far?

According to a Wisconsin Bill, Single Moms Are a Child Abuse Threat
As if it weren’t hard enough already to be a single mom — or dad — a new bill in Wisconsin is associating single parenthood with child abuse.

Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Just Be Too Hard, Study Says
Exclusively breast-feeding for at least the first six months of a baby’s life, as recommended by the World Health Organization and many governments, might be more of an idealistic goal than a realistic one, according to a small Scottish study out Wednesday.

Low-Carb Diets Help Obese Kids but Tough to Follow
When it comes to managing children’s obesity, cutting portion sizes and cutting carbohydrates can work equally well — though carb control is tough for many kids, a new clinical trial finds.

Costume Jewelry Found to Have High Levels of Toxins and Carcinogens, Tests Show
Although low-cost jewelry might be saving you a buck, it might come at the cost of you or your children’s health.

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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Inner-city girls inspired by women’s World Cup
The Anderson Monarchs girls’ soccer team is part of an urban league in south Philadelphia. After leaving his legal practice, Walter Stewart started coaching the girls in 1998.

Balancing books and babies
Rooney is one of about 3.9 million student parents working on their undergraduate degrees in the United States. Nearly half those students are single parents and work full-time jobs, according to a 2011 report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

2 Atlanta educators step down; 176 others also face ultimatum
They were among 178 Atlanta Public Schools employees, including 38 principals, whose jobs are on the line after allegedly being involved in a widespread standardized-test cheating scandal that has caught the attention of federal officials.

Parents Decide To Slow Down On Activities
Parents know the feeling all too well, too many activities and not enough hours in the day. Some families are constantly on the go. But at what cost? CBS 2′s Mary Kay Kleist reports on families making a choice to do less.

Wrong Mothers Breastfeed Babies Switched at Hospital
Two newborn babies were mistakenly given to the wrong mothers who then breastfed them at an Australian hospital, the Herald Sun reported Monday.

C-section rates hit all-time high, study finds
Rates of Cesarean section deliveries in the United States climbed to 34 percent in 2009, hitting an all time high, a new study says. Florida, New Jersey and Texas had the highest rates, while Utah, Wisconsin and Colorado had the lowest of the 19 states included in the study.

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1 in 4 U.S. Children Raised by a Single Parent

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

One in four children in America are raised by a single parent, a percentage higher than most other developed countries–and likely to rise in the coming years, a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said today.

In the U.S., 25.8 percent of children are being raised by a single parent, while the average in other countries is 14.9 percent. The U.S. percentage is expected to go up by an additional 8 percent by 2030.

A variety of factors such as a cultural shift toward acceptance, a change in gender  roles, and also unfortunately, a lack of childcare at work and unpaid maternity leave have led to the large disparity between the U.S. and its counterparts, experts say.

Surprisingly the U.S. is the only OECD country that does not have a national paid parental leave policy. Most U.S. states offer 12 weeks unpaid time off. That, coupled with the U.S. and England’s large number of teenage pregnancies and other economic factors, lead to financial strain and ultimately a family breakdown, Willem Adema, a senior economist in the group’s social policy division, said.

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