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  • My tween is too tough to wear a coat

    VeerVeerby Christina at Parenting

    My sixth grader, Aden, refuses to wear a coat, never mind hat or gloves. We live on Long Island, where we have had a particularly long string of cold, snowy, icy weather. Yet day after day, he leaves for school wearing a sweat jacket. Of course, he owns a winter coat. Two in fact. But there he is, shivering, at the bus stop (I can see from my window).

    But there is any even more puzzling sight at the bus stop....the other kids, girls and boys alike, shivering along with him. Not a single one dons a hat, gloves, or, more remarkably, what could be called a warm coat. One of the boys wore shorts, those nylon basketball-style shorts.

    The next day, we had a family party. We almost considered cancelling due to more snow headed our way, but we pressed on, and in walks my nephew. He shook the snow from his shoes and strode in....wearing nylon basketball-style shorts. And a sweat jacket. I asked my sister why. Did she start making him do his own

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  • Should parents who don’t vaccinate pay higher insurance premiums?

    Gregor HalendaGregor HalendaDr. Rahul K. Parikh wrote a provocative editorial for CNN today, proposing that parents who choose not to vaccinate should be obligated to pay higher insurance rates than those parents who do immunize. He cites research from a 2008 measles outbreak triggered by an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease in Europe. The child in turn exposed 839 people, passing measles on to 11 others, one of whom required hospitalization. The total cost to manage and treat this outbreak? $124,517.

    Dr. Parikh writes:

    "Refusing to vaccinate a child is dangerous not just for that child but for entire communities. It's precisely this point a colleague of mine was considering when he had the idea that parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids should pay substantially higher health insurance premiums.

    It makes sense. Insurance, after all, is just a pool of money into which we all pay. In determining how much we or our employers pay, risk is taken into account.

    The perfect analogy is

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  • Couple aborts twin boys because they only want a daughter

    © iStockphoto© iStockphotoby Lauren At Parenting.com

    An Australian couple, whose first daughter died in infancy, are so desperate for another baby girl they're taking the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to court for the chance to employ sex-selective IVF. This is after an independent bioethics panel rejected their request for pre-implantation sex selection in favor of a girl, because in Australia, sex selection in IVF is only allowed as preventative measure for genetic diseases or abnormalities. They've already aborted twin boys because after the death of their daughter, the (unnamed) woman feels "obsessed with having a daughter and it has become vital to her psychological health." The couple already has three sons.

    I can't imagine the tragedy of losing a baby daughter, and IVF is a personal decision I'm glad women have the freedom to make, but sex selection seems like a slippery slope. However, it might be better than the terminate-until-you-get-what-you-want method. The decision affects other

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  • Why Your Infertile Friends May Be Hiding You From Their Facebook Feed

    by Lauren At Parenting.com

    When you were pregnant, did you post frequently about sonograms, baby kicks, and bump photos? Turns out your infertile friends may have hidden you from their feeds out of pregnancy envy, according to the Washington Post.

    The Post writes of the jealousy and bitterness in couples struggling to conceive when they are inadvertently ambushed by friends and family announcing their good news in social media. Sharon Covingon, director of psychological services at Shady Grove Fertility, says more and more patients want to talk about this "Facebook envy." "I tell them [to go on] a diet from Facebook for a week," she said. "They understand their friends aren't trying to cause them harm, and they don't want to wish them ill will, but they end up feeling angry, resentful, and jealous."

    Sarah Hopper, 27, confessed she hides a friend the moment she finds out they're pregnant. But there's flaw in this system -- even if you have hidden a Facebook friend, you

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  • Viral Blog Post: “My Son Is Gay”

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    It's the blog post that showed up three times on my Facebook feed this morning, and everyone is talking about it. Blogger Nerdy Apple Bottom, a mom in Missouri, wrote about her son choosing to dress up as Daphne from Scooby-Doo for Halloween, and the nasty reaction of a few other moms, who believe she's leaving her son open to ridicule. The mom blogger rightly points out that a girl dressing as Batman would be no big deal, but it's heart-breaking for her to realize that her son, who had last-minute doubt about the costume, has already internalized the message that a boy in drag = not cool.

    (And to be clear, she's not outing her son -- as the headline might imply -- but poking fun at the idea that a Halloween costume can make a 5-year-old gay - and she wouldn't care even if he was. In an interview on CNN this morning, she said she chose that title to get a reaction but also to describe her son's happiness in the photo.)

    I think many moms struggle with this

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  • Singer Lily Allen Loses Her Baby

    © Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user The Style Scout, CC Licensed© Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user The Style Scout, CC Licensedby Kate at Parenting.com

    This week People.com reported that British singer Lily Allen lost her baby six months into pregnancy. The baby, a boy, was due in January. Allen, 25, announced her pregnancy in August, which was her second after a previous miscarriage.

    We at Parenting.com express our sincerest sympathies to Allen, and hope she can heal peacefully after this terrible loss.

    Miscarriages and stillbirths cause deep physical and emotional pain to expectant families, but they're not at all uncommon: 20 percent of pregnancies, or one out of five, fail, and of those, more than 80 percent occur in the first trimester. Two miscarriages in a row also happens to one in 25 women. You can read more about miscarriages, including how to cope with the many emotions that follow, in Parenting's recent article, "Healing After Miscarriage". We hope it helps to know that you're not alone.

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  • New Celeb Parenting Trend: No Singing, Rocking, or High Chairs

    by Lauren At Parenting.com

    This week in weird celeb news: famous moms and dads are enrolling in parenting classes where instructors tell them to hand-feed their children, stop rocking, singing and playing on the floor with them, and eschew mirrors, mobiles, playpens, high chairs, or toys with batteries.

    This may sound crazy to some parents (especially the ones who couldn't not rock and sing to their babies if they tried), but this technique, "doing RIE", is the new back-to-basics approach that Hollywood power parents like Tobey Maguire, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Alexander, and William H. Macy are embracing. According to The Daily Beast, RIE, which stands for Resources for Infant Educarers,

    "eschews the conventions of American infancy from baby strollers, high chairs and battery-operated toys to excessive praise, forced sharing, and even lullabies. The end result, advocates say, is not just more competent and self-aware children, but a more peaceful world."

    RIE is a

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  • Preschooler Sued for Negligence

    Getty ImagesGetty Imagesby Kate at Parenting.com

    According to The New York Times, a judge ruled that it is legal to bring a lawsuit against a 4-year-old girl, Juliet Breitman (and her 5-year-old friend, Jacob Kohn) and their parents for negligence after they hit an 87-year-old woman while riding their bikes.

    Never did I think I'd type "4-year-old" and "lawsuit" in the same sentence.

    In April 2009, the children were racing their bikes with training wheels on a Manhattan sidewalk (with their mothers supervising them) and struck the woman, who suffered a hip fracture that needed surgery. She died three months later, but it is reported that it was from causes unrelated to her injury. Now, the woman's family is suing the children for acting negligently in the accident.

    Breitman's lawyer argues she's too young to be liable for negligence, and that courts have ruled children under four are incapable of negligence.

    The judge said that Breitman was four at the time (in fact, close to

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  • Hanging Infant Harness: Genius or Ridiculous?

    by Samantha at Parentingmommysentials.commommysentials.com

    Have you even been in this situation? You're out and about with baby in the carrier, but you've gotta go. Do you have a stranger hold your baby? Do you lay them on the changing pad on the icky bathroom floor? Do you keep baby strapped, their little legs dangling in your business while you relieve yourself? Or do you just hold it until you're home? It's a choice between lesser evils.

    The Babykeeper infant carrier-style harness (6-18 months) latches on to doors so you can easily do your thing without the hassle. But at $40, it's hard to say if this item is a genius or total overkill. You're not in the situation all that often, and it's yet another thing you've got to cram in your diaper bag (and then there's remembering it). Also, you can't use it for newborns.What do you you think? Would you buy the BabyKeeper, or is it just another ridiculous parenting product?

    Vote now in our online poll and add your comments -- we want to hear what you think!

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