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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

More Parents are Opting Out of Vaccines

Despite the fact that whooping cough is reaching epidemic levels in much of the nation, more California parents who send their children to private schools are foregoing some or all vaccines for their kids.

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Father's Age Linked to Autism

A new study published in the journal, Nature, found that a man’s age may affect his child’s chances of developing autism or schizophrenia.  This is because random mutations in the chromosomes provided by the father become more prevalent as the man gets older.

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Could Cheating be GOOD for Marriage?

Forget marriage counseling or couple's retreats - apparently the real key to a happy marriage is adultery. That's the underlying premise of a new book from bestselling author and sociologist Catherine Hakim, who proposes that infidelity can actually revive a tired marriage. 

 

In "The New Rules: Internet Dating, Playfairs, and Erotic Power," Hakim maintains that not only is it natural to think about being with another man, it would be healthier to act on those fantasies.  

 

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Bad Time for Babies?

America’s birthrate is at its “lowest point in 25 years,” USA Today reported, blaming the “poor economy” and the hesitance of women in their 20s to have children for the declining numbers.

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National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

It's August and back-to-school is getting closer - but that’s not the only reason we’re excited for this month!  This is the second ever National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

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Don't Got Milk?

A group of physicians have petitioned USDA officials to consider excluding “dairy milk as a required component of meals under the National School Lunch Program.”

 

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine sent a petition to the federal government this month arguing that “scientific evidence demonstrates that consumption of milk offers no health benefits and has several health detriments.”

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Bikini Waxing for Pre-Teens?

The teenage years are awkward ones. Children are hitting puberty earlier than ever before, with all the bells and whistles of hormonal changes - including body hair.

 

And kids can be mean, especially about hair. There’s nothing worse for a tween girl than hearing on a playground that she has a mustache or gorilla arms.

 

[Read "Holy Hormones - Handling My Tween's Pre-Puberty Crying Jags"]

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Adovcacy Groups: Magazines Should "Keep It Real"

As part of efforts to persuade “mainstream magazines to publish one unPhotoshopped image of beauty per issue,” the Keep It Real Campaign has partnered with Miss Representation, the SPARK Movement and other groups to show that unrealistically perfect images of girls and women in magazines have real consequences.

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Dads Need Reassurance

Parenting.com and Today Moms asked fathers what they think about their parenting and two-thirds of them said that what they want most from their partner is just some verbal acknowledgment - a "good job" - now and then.

 

Mothers and fathers disagreed on who’s the “go-to” parent in their house (95 percent of moms and a third of dads claim that title) and disputed who spends how much time on child care (75 percent of moms say they do most of it while 50 percent of the dads said they split it 50-50).

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Kid Leashes

The practice of tethering young children with kid leashes is certainly controversial - are the harnesses an example of extreme parenting or an effective safety measure?

 

A New York City psychologist and mother told ABC News that she uses a harness even though she “felt a little funny about it” and has been on the receiving end of concerned glances and comments.

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