1. While not intentional or planned — or even something I would have chosen — formula-feeding helped us create egalitarian habits that remain with us today. I’m not saying I live in an equal parenting paradise, but bringing in formula nudged us much closer to 50/50, domestically and professionally, than we would have landed otherwise.
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    How formula-feeding made my husband a better father

    Breast is best — except for equal parenting

     


  2. When you have a developmentally disabled child, a part of you does not want them to grow up. Watching their body outgrow their mind and ability to reason brings with it a terror all its own. You want to push the pause button — or better yet, hit rewind.
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    When your special needs child becomes a special needs teen

    My daughter’s body is changing. But inside, she remains a child.

     

  3. 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

     

  4. 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.

     


  5. Are teen pregnancies good for the economy?

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

     


  6. 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

     

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  8. Kermit the frog can be a real jerk.

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

    Subscribe and listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.

     


  9. 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.
     

  10. 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

     

  11. 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

     

  12. 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?

     

  13. 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)