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French Assembly passes gay marriage, adoption bill

PARIS (AP) — France’s lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have pushed …


After Newtown, indulgences from grateful parents

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s snow on the ground in Londonderry, N.H., nearly 200 miles to the north of the still-raw slaughter at a Connecticut elementary school, and dad Eric …


NJ teen wants Easy-Bake Oven to appeal to boys

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Four-year-old Gavyn Boscio loves to cook and asked for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. But when his big sister went to buy one, she discovered to …


‘Star Wars’ figures, dominoes in Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia outmuscled little green army men for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame. “Star Wars” action figures join centuries-old …


Breastfeeding baby doll: creepy or groundbreaking?

NEW YORK (AP) — We’ve got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We’ve got dolls with perfect hourglass figures. We’ve got dolls with swagger. And we’ve got plenty that come …


Sometimes it takes global village to raise child

In 1996, not long after I had my first child, Hillary Clinton’s book “It Takes a Village” hit the shelves. While I haven’t read the book yet, I’ve often thought …


Border agent remembered as loving father, husband

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in an apparent case of friendly fire was remembered Monday as a loving family man, while hundreds …


Colleges try new fixes to recurring remedial rut

WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) — After leaving high school as a teen mother, Ashley McCullough is back on track to receive a two-year degree and work as a respiratory therapist. …


Texas district expands corporal punishment policy

SPRINGTOWN, Texas (AP) — Like many schools in Texas, “spare the rod and spoil the child” might be considered the motto at Springtown High School. But when two teenage girls …


IUDs, implants urged for teen girls’ birth control

CHICAGO (AP) — Teenage girls may prefer the pill, the patch or even wishful thinking, but their doctors should be recommending IUDs or hormonal implants — long-lasting and more effective …


Chicago teachers union to continue strike

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central …


Striking Chicago teachers get support from parents

CHICAGO (AP) — As Chicago teachers walked the picket lines for a second day, they were joined by many of the very people who are most inconvenienced by their walkout: …


Parents plan for kids if Chicago teachers strike

CHICAGO (AP) — With Chicago teachers poised to go on strike for the first time in a quarter century, parents spent Sunday worrying about how much their children’s education might …


In Chicago, lifeline schools brace for strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Elfega Cazares isn’t taking sides in the standoff between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools over contract talks. Like many of the immigrant parents in …


‘Tiger Mother’ offers author’s style of parenting

A new memoir of bad-ass parenting, Chinese style, from a self-proclaimed tiger mother has unleashed a ferocious roar. Fallout was swift for Yale University law professor Amy Chua after she …


Parents face dilemma with kids and public restrooms

When you’re out of the house and a kid says he’s got to go, you can bet he means business. And after that panicked rush to find the bathroom – …


Mr. Dad: Toddler needs to be reeled in

Dear Mr. Dad: My 21/2-year-old son has recently started running away from me whenever we leave the house. Sometimes I have to sprint to catch him. It’s really frightening, and …


Mr. Dad: Grandpa must earn your trust

Dear Mr. Dad: My parents are divorced and my dad has been living in another state. He is now moving back home because he says he wants to develop a …


Serious consequences when parents favor one child

As a young boy, Jesse Brown got a canvas-covered red wagon unlike anything else seen in the entire northeast Detroit neighborhood where he grew up. Clearly, he was special. Years …


Plenty of warning signs when teens consider suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has lately been in the news. Cornell …


Front porch: Parenting never comes to an end

I recall a young woman some years ago who, having just outlined an ambitious list of things she wanted to do with her life, shrugged and said about her impending …


Move beyond age differences

Dear Mr. Dad: My mom is 46 and has been divorced from our dad for two years. Recently she met Doug, who’s 33. He seems nice enough and mom says …


Head Start roadblock

“Good job, Mama.” For Katelynn Capps – a single mom juggling the responsibilities of parenting while earning the equivalent of a high school diploma – these three simple words can …


Party pullback

Ooopsy the Clown threw in a bubble machine for the monkey- themed party marking Nicholas Castillo’s first birthday. She usually charges extra, but what’s a clown to do in a …


Keep an eye on toddler’s TV time

Dear Mr. Dad: My 18-month-old son is suddenly obsessed with TV. He watches at least three to four hours per day. My wife doesn’t see the problem since it allows …


Man jailed after two stabbed during fight

A man who told a judge two weeks ago that he planned to “make better decisions” and “be a parent” is back in Spokane County Jail after police say he …


Man who pledged to ‘make better decisions’ is back in jail

A man who told a judge two weeks ago that he planned to “make better decisions” and “be a parent” is back in Spokane County Jail after police say he …


Mr. Dad: Make amends with mom

Dear Mr. Dad: I’ve always resented my mother and thought she was a lousy parent. I saw only her negative side and was extremely critical and judgmental. But now that …


Mr. Dad: Avoid low road in divorce

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m getting divorced. My spouse is acting horribly and I have to admit that I haven’t been behaving much better. I’m angry and I find myself wanting …


Dads-to-be are often anxious

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a first time father-to-be, and the entire pregnancy has been going very well for me and my wife. But about two weeks ago, I started experiencing …