If you don't have time to watch the news or read the paper every day, don't worry, we are keeping up with current events for you. Our Newsdesk editor, longtime journalist and mother of three, Meredith O'Brien, is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum, writes the parenting/lifestyle blog Picket Fence Post and pens our popular Moms in Pop Culture & Politics column. Follow Meredith on Twitter: @MeredithOBrien

Wait, We’re Exaggerating Our Happiness About Kids?

A pair of researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario published a study in the journal Psychological Science asserting that parents exaggerate how happy they are that they had children, reported LiveScience. more

Report: USA’s Maternity Leave Doesn’t Rank Well.

A Harvard/McGill University study found that of the 181 nations whose maternity leave laws they studied, the United States, along with Papua New Guinea and Swaziland were the only ones “that don’t guarantee working mothers [maternity] leave with compensation” which the study’s authors said costs the nations in “lost productivity and health risks for children,” reported Bloomberg News. more

Writer: Moms Need More Sleep.

“Are there any other moms out there besides me up for changing Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love mantra to ‘Eat, Pray, Sleep?,’ asked Karen Brody, mother of two, writing on the Huffington Post. Saying that moms need the chance to rejuvenate themselves the same way Gilbert could – without disappearing for months at a time – Brody said she found that the key for her was to get more sleep and is now a big believer in the power of sleep. more

Federal Breastfeeding Promotion Draws Fire.

While Michelle Obama has been promoting breastfeeding as a means to reduce childhood obesity and the IRS has decided to allow breast pumps to be tax deductible, not everyone’s happy about it. more

NYT Blogger Says Many Parents Work in Dangerous Vocations.

Responding to criticism of CBS reporter Lara Logan’s decision to work in a dangerous part of the world, where she was recently attacked by a mob in Egypt and sexually assaulted, given that she’s the mother of a young child, New York Times blogger Lisa Belkin pointed out that parents of both genders routinely work in dangerous vocations and that singling Logan out for taking risks isn’t fair. more

Poll: Americans Still Lukewarm on Single Moms, OK with Working Moms.

A Pew Research Center poll found that while respondents said unmarried couples who have children and gay couples who have children were largely found to make no difference to society, they weren’t too keen on the increase in single motherhood, saying that they think that the trend is bad for society. more

Tina Fey Ponders Having a Second Child.

Award-winning writer and 30 Rock actress Tina Fey penned an amusing essay for the New Yorker, “Confessions of a Juggler” in which she says she’s tired of people asking her whether she’s going to have a second child and that, frankly, she’s not sure whether she should or shouldn’t. more

Study Blames Working Mothers for Kids’ Weight Gain.

The Journal of Child Development compared the body-mass index (BMI) of 900 children and found that the more years their mother spent working, the higher the child’s BMI, according to media reports. more

When Dad Plays with Kids, Sign of Good Parental Relationship.

A study in the journal Developmental Psychology found that if fathers often play with their young children, both the fathers and the mothers with whom they parent “tend to be more supportive of each other’s parenting styles,” reported HealthDay News. more

Family Researcher Says School Kids Have Grown Meaner.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that a University of New Hampshire professor who’s studied families for three decades told a group of educators, law enforcement officers and parents that, “This generation that’s coming up, the generation in school right now . . . they are the meanest generation of kids we’ve ever had, and they have more ways to be mean to each other than any other generation.” more

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