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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

Childbirth Anxiety

A new study published by the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that women who are fearful about the birthing process may wind up having a longer labor.

 

The Norwegian report studied over 2,000 women who took a questionnaire which included questions about their worries about childbirth.

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Anti-Cheating Ring

If you "liked it and you put on a ring on it," but your hubby has a habit of removing it around pretty girls - TheCheeky.com has a surefire way to stop him in his tracks.

 

Enter the "Anti-Cheating Ring" - a ring that leaves "I'm Married" imprinted on the wearer's ring finger if the ring is removed.  

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Why It's Good to Argue

Does your child seem to bust out the debate skills of a young Aristotle during battles over things like curfew or homework? While the constant arguing can be enough to drive a parent crazy, there may be a silver lining.

 

A new study from the University of Virginia (UVA) has shown that if a young teen can argue effectively with his or her parents they are more likely to resist peer pressure to use drugs or alcohol later in adolescence. more

Childhood Obesity and Math

Every day, we hear about the side effects of childhood obesity. Increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, low self-esteem, and depression all make that list, and apparently, so should difficulty with math.

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Nursing Soldiers Come Under Fire

A photo of two military mothers nursing their babies while in unbuttoned airman battle uniforms has created quite a stir on the Internet.

 

Air Force Sgt. Terran Echegoyen McCabe and Staff Sgt. Christina Luna - both in active service - agreed to be photographed in support of Breastfeeding Awareness Month for the Mom2Mom Breastfeeding Support Group.

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Anti-Family Airline Fees?

Planning any summer vacations that involve air travel?

 

If you want to sit with your kids on the flight, be prepared to fork over some extra cash for the privilege.

 

Several major airlines - including Delta, American and US Airways - have started charging more for window and aisle seats, meaning families will have to pay more to sit together.

 

Passengers who want to sit next to a spouse, child or friend will have to shell out upwards of $25 each way.

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Does Facebook Wreck Marriages?

Does social media create serious relationship problems?

 

A new survey out of the U.K. found that more than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to Divorce Online, a legal services firm.

 

“Affairs happen with a lightning speed on Facebook,” K. Jason Krafsky, who co-authored Facebook and Your Marriage with wife Kelli, told SmartMoney. “It puts temptation in the path of people who would never in a million years risk having an affair.”

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High School Baseball Team Forfeits Rather Than Face a Girl

An Arizona high school baseball team chose to forfeit the state championship rather than face off against an opponent that has a girl on its team.

 

Our Lady of Sorrows, a fundamentalist Catholic school, was slated to play Mesa Preparatory Academy in the Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship. But they pulled out because of 15-year-old Paige Sultzbach, who plays second base for Mesa Prep.

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Teen Takes a Stand Against Airbrushed Models

Do you get frustrated when you flip through a magazine and see advertisements full of models without a single blemish, line or hint of cellulite?

 

One Maine teenager is protesting the use of airbrushing and Photoshopping in Seventeen magazine, and her cause has gained the support of tens of thousands of people.

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Should You Post Family Pics on Facebook?

Do you ever post photos of your children on your social media profile pages? Is it possible that sharing photos of your kids on your Facebook account could actually hurt you career-wise?

 

Writer Janet Paskin made a compelling point about this issue on the Wall Street Journal’s The Juggle Blog:

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