Parenting

1:20am

Fri November 1, 2013
StoryCorps

An Unconventional, But 'Perfect,' Path To Parenthood

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 9:18 am

Robin Share and Rami Aizic hold a photo of their daughter, Bailey, at a visit to StoryCorps in Santa Monica, Calif.
StoryCorps

Since childhood, Rami Aizic knew he "needed and wanted to be a dad." He assumed he would one day meet the girl of his dreams and it would all just happen.

Then he realized he was gay.

Robin Share also wanted kids, but had no partner. So when a mutual friend told Rami about Robin, he called her up and left a message: "Hi, Robin. I'm a friend of Scott's and he said you might be interested in having a baby with me. So give me a call back."

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9:34am

Mon September 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

To Succeed At Breast-Feeding, Most New Moms Could Use Help

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 6:58 am

That's how it's supposed to work. But for most new moms, breast-feeding doesn't come easily, a study finds.
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The majority of new mothers try to breast-feed. But it's not easy.

Only 13 percent manage to breast-feed exclusively for the six months that are recommended for a baby's health. And, as you might expect, the moms who have trouble with breast-feeding in the first week with a new baby are the ones most likely to give up, a study finds.

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8:28am

Thu September 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 11:56 am

Sure you're steamed. But teenagers tend to meet harsh words with even worse behavior, a study says.
Katherine Streeter

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up.

But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.

Researchers asked parents of 13-year-olds in the Philadelphia area how often in the past year they'd yelled, cursed or called the kid "dumb or lazy or some other word like that" after he or she had done something wrong.

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5:04pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Personal Economy

That 2012 Bundle Of Joy Will Cost You $241,080 To Raise

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:19 am

Eight-week-old Eleanor Delp attends a "What to Expect" baby shower with her mother in August of 2012 in Springfield, Virginia.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The United States Department of Agriculture has crunched the numbers and it concludes today that if you had a child in 2012, it'll cost you $241,080 to raise him or her for next 17 years.

If you adjust it for inflation, that number soars to $301,970.

This represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011. The USDA reports:

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8:58am

Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Orders Baby's Name Changed From 'Messiah'

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:47 am

A Tennessee judge ordered a baby's name changed from Messiah to Martin last week, after the boy's parents went to court to fight over their son's last name. The boy's mother, Jaleesa Martin, says she was shocked by the decision and that she'll appeal the judge's order to rename her baby Martin DeShawn McCullough.

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