1. Jimmy Fallon unearths some cringeworthy ‘MomQuotes’ for Mother’s Day

    Moms — they say the darnedest things. That’s the premise, and the payoff, of Jimmy Fallon’s annual Mother’s Day celebration: #MomQuotes


  2. Bill Cosby explains the difference between having kids and grandkids

    Arsenio Hall asked Cosby about the difference between being a grandfather and being a father, and America’s favorite TV dad (at least Top 5) dove right in.


  3. Are teen pregnancies good for the economy?

    Teen pregnancies are at historic lows. But that has economic repercussions.


  4. That ‘world’s toughest job’ ad is actually full of horrible lessons on motherhood

    Please politely decline Cardstore.com’s viral invitation to a pity party



  6. Kermit the frog can be a real jerk.

    Watch all of the Sesame Street clips mentioned in the podcast.

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  7. It is obvious that none of you has the faintest notion of the bitter disappointment each of you has in your own way dished out to us. We are seeing the miserable death throes of the fourth of your collective marriages at the same time we see the advent of a fifth.

  8. According to a new study, U.S. males are starting puberty two years younger than the previous national average age. 

    "This should perhaps set a standard going forward for being very attentive to puberty in boys and being mindful that they’re developing earlier," says Dolores J. Lamb, a molecular endocrinologist at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, who wasn’t involved in the study. On the contrary, says lead author Marcia Herman-Giddens, a researcher at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The results shouldn’t be interpreted to establish a “new normal,” says Herman-Giddens. "Just because this is happening doesn’t mean this is normal or healthy."

    Keep reading


  9. In the first half of a new commercial from Luvs Diapers, a frazzled first-time mom sits alone in a restaurant, struggling to breastfeed her son under a blanket so as not to offend her fellow patrons. Cut to the second half of the clip, and a slightly older and wiser mom is in the same restaurant, this time breastfeeding her second baby in plain view while her firstborn, now a few years older, sits beside her. The shocked waiter can’t take his eyes off the woman’s chest, but the cool-headed and confident mom handles it like a pro, pointing to her face and saying, “Hey, up here.” 

    Luvs’ new ‘public breastfeeding is awesome’ ad


  10. Feel like some peace and quiet while traveling by plane? You’re in luck.

    One low-cost airline, AirAsia, will soon offer an adults-only “Quiet Zone” on long-haul flights. Only passengers age 12 or older will be allowed to sit in the first seven rows of the airline’s economy class. 

    Any chance we’ll see Quiet Zones on U.S. flights?


  11. After assessing years of life-altering injuries, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging pediatricians to discourage parents from setting up trampolines at their homes. Here, a look at the numbers behind this risky contraption:

    111,851Trampoline-related injuries treated in the ER in 2004

    97,908Trampoline-related injuries treated in 2009

    3,100Those who were required to remain in the hospital in 2009

    10,700Children in the U.S. hospitalized every year as a result of bicycle crashes

    61,000Children in the U.S. injured every year because of skateboarding 

    75Percentage of trampoline-related injuries resulting from multiple people jumping on the mat at the same time

    More numbers

    (Source: theweek.com)


  12. A new study by public health analyst Christine Jackson of the research institute RTI International, along with colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that an unexpectedly high number of mom and dads think they can avoid raising kids who become irresponsible drinkers by exposing them to small amounts of alcohol — a sip of beer, a little wine — at a young age. Is that really a good idea?

    "Try and delay exposure to alcohol for as long as possible," says Ralph Hingson, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research.

    Keep reading…


  13. In a stinging report, the Los Angeles Times charges that the Boy Scouts of America concealed the crimes of hundreds of child molesters in its ranks from 1970 to 1991.

    In one 1982 case, a Michigan Boy Scout camp director said his bosses, learning of an abuse charge, told him to "keep it quiet" to protect the reputations of the Scouts and the staff member accused of the crime.

    In a 1987 casein Milwaukee, local Scout leaders got the help of an influential board leader, a newspaper publisher, to keep the news quiet.

    How extensive was the alleged cover-up, and what, if anything, should be done about it now? Read more.

    (Source: theweek.com)