• Photo: Getty ImagesBy Leanne Italie, NEW YORK (AP) -- More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

    Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than U.S.-born moms; more women unable to find work; and ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children.

    The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012, the study found.

    That's up from a low of 23 percent at the turn of the century, according to the report. At the height of the recession in 2008, Pew estimated 26 percent of mothers were home with children.

    The 29 percent includes women who are married, single, disabled, enrolled in school or unable to find work.

    The largest share of at-home mothers — roughly two-thirds of 10.4 million — had working husbands. A growing share — 6 percent in 2012, up from 1 percent in 2000 — said they could not find

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    Kate Middleton and Prince George in New Zealand
    Kate Middleton and Prince George in New ZealandThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Wellington, New Zealand with Prince George on Monday morning for their very first trip together as a family. A sizable crowd turned out to cheer the Cambridges despite the driving rain and gusty winds, which also played havoc with Kate's red Catherine Walker dress and coat. Didn't someone think to sew curtain weights into her hemline? It's a tried and tested means of keeping one's dignity intact, and Her Majesty is said to affix the thrifty devices to her skirts before any public appearance.

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    Prince William was very much the proud father, dutifully carrying the family's hand baggage, which included a very sweet-and geographically appropriate-kangaroo bag for Prince George. In his adorable white shoes and sweater, the baby Prince happily swung his feet as his mother carried him down the steps of the jet. He seems to enjoy being the center ofRead More »from Kate Middleton-Scented Blankets Travel with Prince George
  • Mom Confession: Sometimes, It's Good to Be AloneMom Confession: Sometimes, It's Good to Be AloneI spent much of last week lying on my couch, sick and tired. My two younger children played (cars, trucks, planes, trains strewn all over the living room) and raided the fridge as only a 20-month-old and 4-year-old can (cheese sticks, cheese sticks, and more cheese sticks). We watched some movies, took some naps, read some stories.

    And for much of the time, I felt very, very alone. I know that many, maybe even all, moms feel this way at times -- perhaps especially when being crowded, climbed on, pestered, and pulled in several directions at once. There's nothing like being the most popular girl in the room to make you feel … apart, different, other, isolated. In my illness-induced haze, all I wanted was for someone to come and take care of me (or, more accurately, to take care of my kids so that I could take care of me). I wanted to be surrounded by people, to have everyone over for a play date -- or at least to have someone to commiserate with over the injustice of still having to

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  • Home Run! Why the Baseball Paternity Leave Uproar is Great NewsHome Run! Why the Baseball Paternity Leave Uproar is Great NewsAs a proponent of paternity leave, I'd like to take a moment to thank Boomer Esiason and Mike Francesa for all they have done in support of the cause.

    No, I'm not being sarcastic.

    If you haven't heard of the baseball paternity leave kerfuffle, here's my quick and dirty summary: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has the audacity (!) to take three days of paternity leave after his wife's water breaks and she gives birth to the couple's first child via cesarean section. The timing of his leave means he misses the Mets' first two games of the season, much to the dismay of talk radio hosts like Esiason and Francesa. Both men blast Murphy for his decision, with Francesa denouncing paternity leave as a "scam and a half" and Esiason arguing that Murphy's wife should have had a scheduled C-section before the season began so he wouldn't miss any games.

    I'm not going to bother delving into how obviously ludicrous Esiason and Francesa's respective statements are, other than to say that you

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  • A new study has raised a lot of eyebrows and tempers in the ongoing debate about infants and circumcision.

    According to an article over at the The Daily Beast, the recently released study, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings medical journal claims that having your infant circumcised promotes health benefits that actually outshine any risks by a factor of 100 to 1.

    Of course, this viewpoint isn't exactly a fresh one. Over the past decade or so there have been a slew of advocates for and against circumcision, many of them fueled by perpetual argument about it all over the Internet.

    Still, whenever an opinion comes down from the world of medical professionals, it inevitably makes waves.

    This particular study, according to The Daily Beast, is largely the work of one of its authors, Professor Emeritus at The University of Sydney, Australia and Brian J. Morris, a well-known supporter of circumcision. Using a comparison to vaccines as an example, Morris has been advocating

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  • You Bet I'm Raising a Mama's BoyYou Bet I'm Raising a Mama's BoyI didn't think I was on a stalwart mission to raise a mama's boy. It's the sort of pursuit that evolved as my relationship with my son has developed and deepened over the years. We are tight, my son and I. He's the sort who initiates luxuriant rounds of sweet cuddles and kisses. He has, in fact, dubbed himself my "kissy-bear."

    "I'm your kissy-bear, right mama?" he asked me, glowing with pride and a huge smile, immediately after coming up with the phrase all on his own.

    It was inevitable, I suppose, since I'm a hands-on, affectionate person. I'm secretly relieved that it hasn't blown up in my face yet and that my son still savors all of the physical touch, doting, and love I shower upon him. When I think about our tender, close mother-son connection, I don't think about whether this means I'm raising a mama's boy.

    I just think (and hope), that perhaps I'm raising a good human. A sweet and sensitive one, an emotionally-developed and confident one who will one day shower endless

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo Courtesy of the Manufacturer

    Evenflo announced a voluntary recall on more than 1.3 million child safety seats after finding that seat buckles in certain models were faulty and could become stuck in a latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from the seat in the case of an emergency.

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    Evenflo stated that this problem could be to due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks), but there is no risk if the buckle is functioning normally.

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    Here's what you need to know about the recall:

    Evenflo's recall includes buckles from these children's convertible and booster seat models manufactured between 2011 and 2014:

    Momentum 65, Momentum 65 LX and Momentum 65 DLX, with model number prefix 385 and was manufactured between 3/4/2013 and 8/26/2013

    Chase, Chase LX and Chase Select, with model number prefix 306 and was manufactured between 6/12/2012

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  • The ongoing national debate surrounding vaccines has swept into its morass an unlikely player this week: the restaurant chain Chili’s, which canceled a planned fundraiser for the National Autism Association after finding itself under pressure by pro-vaccine groups.

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    The chain had announced plans to donate a portion of its Monday sales to the organization in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. But that prompted outcry on social media when critics pointed out the association’s controversial belief about vaccines. “The National Autism Association believes vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children, especially those who are genetically predisposed to immune, autoimmune or inflammatory conditions,” according to the association's website. The idea goes against that of the medical mainstream, which points to various studies to show there is no link between vaccinations and autism.

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  • Greg Kinnear Plays 'Simon Says'Greg Kinnear Plays 'Simon Says'

    He's a big fan of "Heads Up!," and has an idea for a new game. Plus, he gave Ellen the update on his family.

  • Mom Dies so Her Baby Can Live

    Elizabeth Joice died March 9, six weeks after giving birth(Newser) - Cancer survivor Elizabeth Joice was told the chemotherapy that helped her beat sarcoma in 2010 would also leave her infertile, so when she and husband Max got the news that she was in fact pregnant last year, "it very much felt like a miracle," he tells CNN.

    The happy news, however, was short-lived. Just a month into her pregnancy, Joice's cancer returned, and though surgeons removed tumors from her back, there was no way of knowing how far the cancer had spread without a full-body MRI scan. But the dyes used in the scan could harm the baby, meaning she'd need to end the pregnancy before undergoing the procedure.

    Joice opted to continue with her pregnancy but began having trouble breathing in her third trimester; an X-ray revealed tumors in her lungs. Jan. 23 brought both joy and devastation. Joice had a baby girl, Lily, via C-section, but "there were tons of tumor[s]," her doctor tells ABC News. "It had spread all over her abdomen." Tumors were also found in Joice's

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