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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

Are You a Nightmare Sports Parent?

What's one thing most college athletes say they wished they could have told their parents? Chill out with the post-game critiques!

 

It might seem obvious, but don't lecture your children on their mistakes on the way home from a game. As Yahoo Sports' Steve Henson wisely points out, “. . . [T]he young athlete doesn’t want to hear it immediately after the game."

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Food Police Swap Brown Bag for Chicken Nuggets

Are chicken nuggets healthier than a brown bag lunch from home?

 

A preschooler whose mother had packed the child a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice was told by officials at her school that her lunch “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines” and was given a cafeteria lunch to supplement the bag lunch including chicken nuggets, according to the Carolina Journal.

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Valentine's Day Spending

Sure, it may be the day when we’re expected to revel in romance and shower our lover with tokens of our affection, but a new study of 800 mothers finds that when a woman becomes a mom, she spends roughly the same amount of money on her husband as she does on her kids.

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Homework Help

Your young child comes home with a Big Assignment: Create a shadow box/tri-fold display board/some sundry Big Project.

 

You follow the teacher’s directives and let your grade schooler do his or her best and submit the panda project that, indeed, looks like a little kid made it. Yet when you show up at the school Open House to take a gander at all the other students’ work, you notice that half of the projects weren’t made by 8-year-olds but were instead obviously crafted by thirty- and fortysomething parents. Hardly a fair competition. more

Do French Parents Do It Better?

The latest volley in the debate over which nation’s approach to child-rearing is best, the French way of parenting has received a strong vote of confidence in a new book, Bringing Up Bebe, where an American mother of three has found many things about the Parisian way of parenting preferable.

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Should Parents Get Curriculum Veto?

Not crazy about that book your child's teacher assigned? Don't agree with a particular science lesson?  In New Hampshire, you can get it tossed - providing you pay the costs of coming up with a different lesson plan.

 

That's right - in a state with the motto "Live Free or Die," parents get a curriculum veto. 

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Disabled Toddler Denied Transplant

In an incident that has sparked a national ethics debate, parents of a 3-year-old who was denied a kidney transplant by a Philadelphia hospital say they were told their daughter wasn't eligible because she suffers from mental disabilities.

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Modern Family's Cursing Controversy

Most parents have had to deal with the embarrassment of a young child repeating a "bad word" or taboo phrase because it elicits a reaction.

 

But when ABC's hit comedy Modern Family played this scenario out with toddler Lily - having her parents argue about the best way to deal with her pint-sized profanity, which sent one of her dads into gales of laughter - they also got quite the reaction!

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Why Are There More Twins?

Feel like you're seeing double lately? It might not be your eyesight - there are more set of twins being born in America than previous decades!

 

“One in every 30 babies born in the U.S. is a twin - an astounding increase over the last three decades,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “… In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.”

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The "Million-Boob March"

If you happen to be around the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this summer, don’t be surprised if you run into a large group of women breastfeeding their babies!

 

A national "nurse-in" is scheduled for August 4, 2012, as part of an effort to raise awareness about the fact that it’s not illegal to nurse in public.

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