• The Heartbreaking Mugshot Of A Mom Who Risked Her Children's Lives For A Job InterviewThe Heartbreaking Mugshot Of A Mom Who Risked Her Children's Lives For A Job InterviewI can't imagine how desperate one must be to leave two children in a parked SUV in a sweltering parking lot while going for a job interview.

    But that's the choice Shanesha Taylor made when she left her 2-year-old and 6-month-old in her SUV while she went in for a job interview with a Scottsdale, Arizona insurance agency last month. The mother was trying to get a leg up and get off food stamps -- instead she got herself arrested for child abuse.

    How desperate one must be to make that choice.

    She couldn't find a babysitter to look after her kids for the interview, so she brought them, and left them in her SUV outside the office.

    After being inside her appointment for an hour, Ms. Taylor was arrested when she returned to her vehicle parked in the 100 degree temperatures. She had left the keys in the ignition, and the windows open a crack. Witnesses called authorities after finding the children sweating and "crying hysterically."

    As much as I want to scream, "How could you do

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  • Please Stop Telling My Son He's Exceptional. He's Not.Please Stop Telling My Son He's Exceptional. He's Not.My 5-year-old son is used to hearing how smart he is. How his memory is "incredible" and his vocabulary is "impressive" and his brain is just so, so, so amazing.

    "Michelle! Did you hear what your son just said?! He's soooo smart," he hears.

    Now I'm not saying it's completely unwarranted. What I am saying is that it's often coming from love-beaming family members who are astounded that this little boy is suddenly using big words and reading sentences. He was the first baby our family had in decades, and I so appreciate the pride and unfiltered love that they wrap around my little boy like a safety net.

    But is it healthy for him to be over-praised for things that are basic parts of growing up? Because the truth of the matter is this: He's not all that exceptional.

    While he's certainly smart - and by smart, I mean he learns the way we expect him to learn, and he has an innate hunger for information - he's developmentally on par with the ordinary 5-year-old kid. He wasn't

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpChoosing a surrogate is one of the hardest choices to make in life - especially after undergoing IVF four times.

    More from The Bump: "Why I became a surrogate"

    Sandi and Philip Palmisano's failed results were discouraging, but met Andrea and Mark Rivas in 2010 at the Shady Grove Fertility Center in Washington, DC, where they were also trying IVF.

    Andrea gave birth to twins after one failed IVF treatment, and became good friends with the Palmisanos in the process- so good, in fact, that Andrea offered to be Sandi and Philip's surrogate.

    More from The Bump: Fertility tricks (that actually worked!)

    "We knew we would be life-long friends no matter what the outcome," Philip told the Today show.
    Andrea became pregnant with Sandi and Philip's twins two years after her own pregnancy and gave birth in February to Grayson and EmmaLee. The couples are still very close and consider one another family. Who wouldn't, especially after five failed IVF Read More »from Mom of Twins Gave Birth to Friend’s Twins After This Many Failed IVF Cycles
  • Josh Duboff

    Prince GeorgePrince GeorgePrince George has become something of a "fashion darling" over just a few public appearances. His personalized sweater-prominently on display in the window-frame royal portrait which we still have saved as our iPhone wallpaper-immediately sold out. And yesterday, photographs of George from the family's arrival in New Zealand seemed to be found wherever you turned on the Internet (you know you've made it when you're being compared with Grumpy Cat).

    So, how much of George will we be seeing for the remainder of the three-week tour? Well, it's somewhat unclear. CNN reports that while the prince's private secretary pinpointed a few events in Australia and New Zealand where George might accompany his parents, it will be very much played by ear. "George being just a little over eight months old by the time they travel, I'm sure you will appreciate that the couple will have to make a final decision on those moments much closer to the time," he said.

    One event that seems to be

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  • Photo: Erin Zammett RuddyYesterday morning I rolled into Dunkin' Donuts with my 4-year-old daughter who had just rolled out of bed — and looked like it. She was still in her nightgown, bare-legged, hair an unruly mess, giant red rain boots covering her sockless feet (we couldn't find her sneakers, naturally). To say she looked like a ragamuffin is putting it kindly. She doesn’t get bed head, she gets bed dreadlocks and they were in full effect because, well, hair brushing is way too strenuous an activity to attempt before 9 a.m. Fortunately, I was wearing actual clothes.

    Still, I never would have thought I'd be the kind of mom who would leave the house with disheveled kids in tow. In my pre-kid days I probably would have judged any parent who stepped out like that. I mean, how hard can it be to get everyone dressed in the morning? (Um, turns out it can be very hard some days, am I right?) But there I was. And you know what? I didn’t care.

    If she was my first kid, I would have been embarrassed to have her in

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  • 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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  • Katie Nicholl

    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.

    SEE MORE: Pippa Middleton's Bridesmaid Dress May Have Fit a "Little Too Well"

    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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