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It’s Time to Break With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Kingdom of Horrors’

A flood of U.S. defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser. Ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.

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Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter under a concept sometimes called “predictive neglect.”

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Mother’s Day

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Will Financially Incentivizing Breast-Feeding Work?

The number of women who breast-feed in the Western Hemisphere has been decreasing for a number of financial, practical and social reasons. Now, a program in the U.K. tackles the issue with money vouchers, a plan that has many in an uproar. But could money be a good way to encourage mothers?

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Possible Correlation Between Testicle Size and Parental Role

Scientists at Emory University have found a potential connection between a man’s testicular proportions and his involvement in raising his children.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

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The Problem of Rising Single Parenthood

Although it’s significant that women now have the highest income in many households with children under 18, according to recent studies, a more interesting number is how many of these moms are going it alone.

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Back-to-School Blues

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Teachers Then and Now Revised

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Maternity Costs

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Sandy Hook Shooting

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That’s Our Boy

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Study: Spanking May Lead to Aggression in Children

Score one for the anti-spanking parental contingent: A study published in the latest issue of Pediatrics suggests there may be a link between the corporal punishment—e.g., spanking—of children and aggressive behavior on the part of those kids as they grow up.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE

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Parents: Stalk Your Own Kids on Facebook

Parents everywhere may feel as if they’re losing their kids to the Internet, or more specifically, to those mysterious “social networking” time-suck sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, take it from the chirpy hosts of “today NOW!”—The Onion’s eerily realistic spoof on morning-show blather—parents can also use these sites to their stalking advantage.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


White House Releases Obama’s School Speech

With some parents still reluctant to send their children to school Tuesday for fear that President Obama will indoctrinate them with his scary socialist ideals, the White House has attempted to ease the hysteria by releasing the full text of his speech a day early. Now doubters can do a close textual analysis for objectionable content.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE

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From the Annals of Retired Fascist Baby Names

The Movimento Sociale-Fiamma Tricolore party in Italy has offered to pay $1,940 to parents who name their children after Benito Mussolini or his wife Rachele. The “purely casual” name game is meant to address low birthrates and not fascist nostalgia, according to the far-right party. Sure.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE

Calif. Court Cracks Down on Home-Schoolers

As many as 166,000 children could be counted as truants in California after the 2nd District Court of Appeal launched a statewide initiative to ensure that home-schoolers were being taught by credentialed teachers.

Posted on Mar 8, 2008 READ MORE

Cyborg Parents From Hell

Pretty soon, we’re going have to amend the favorite mom and dad moniker of the moment. Those much vaunted helicopter parents are turning into black-helicopter parents. The image of parents hovering over their kids is morphing into the darker image of parents spying on their kids.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE

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The Brand-a-Baby Biz

From $50 for a list of suggestions to $475 for a numerologist to test the positive and negative associations of a certain name, the baby name business is booming.  Sociologists and name researchers are reporting an increase in the level of stress that parents-to-be experience when choosing baby names, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE

Obama’s Father’s Day Sermon

The subject is absent fathers. The implications for black America are dire. The fact is that “there are a lot of men out there who need to stop acting like boys; who need to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; who need to know that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE

Parents Sue School Over Same-Sex Fairy Tale

Two families have filed suit against a Massachusetts town and its public school system over a teacher’s reading of a gay-themed fairy tale to children.

Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE

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Taking Back Our Schools—and Fixing Them

The director of the Education Leadership Program at UCLA forcefully argues that public education funds must be diverted from bloated bureaucracies and redirected into the schools, where principals, teachers and parents can meaningfully influence what is being taught.

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE

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