Author Maria Kostaki Opens Up About Motherhood

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The Bump has partnered with some amazing mothers who also happen to be amazing writers. They’re dishing out all their thoughts, observations and real life lessons about mothering in the best way they know how. We’re embarking on an essay series and we’re hoping you’ll follow along as these authors share what they’ve learned about... Read more

Would You Drive Safer If Kids Gave You Directions?

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Maybe a British woman voices your GPS. Maybe it's even Sean Connery. But if it were a four year old, would you feel compelled to drive a little more cautiously? That's what Waze, the popular navigation app, is hoping as it adds kids ages 3 through 12 to the options of driving guide... Read more

Liquid Laundry Pods: A Rising Household Danger

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Thirty kids per day. That's the rate of kids requiring medical attention because of a surprising household danger -- liquid laundry detergent pods. Sure, those little pods make the laundry process just a little bit more efficient (or if you're trekking to a laundromat, your load a little lighter). But if you have kids... Read more

Kids Who Fib Have Better Memories

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Have a little fibber on your hands? Before you panic about reinforcing right versus wrong, know that the ability to lie well seems to be a testament to your child's memory. A new study in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology found that the 6- and 7-year-old participants involved who were masters of the little white lie demonstrated... Read more

When Were You #BetterForBaby?

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A new baby means a new lifestyle. And while the changes you make -- from no more sleeping to no more smoking -- can seem daunting or unwelcome, you may notice a trend; other people in your life try to be better for baby too. That's the message from the new #BetterForBaby Pampers campaign. One... Read more

Does Your State Support Working Dads?

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If you're from Minnesota, New Hampshire or Massachusetts, congratulations; fatherhood is in your favor. Those are the three states with the highest overall rankings for dads of kids younger than 18, based on four broad factors: economic and social well being, health, work-life balance and child care. The team at WalletHub looked at... Read more

Your Kids Are Different Because You Compare Them, Study Finds

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Is one of your kids brighter? Shyer? More outgoing? A new study says your perception of these differences exacerbates them. Focusing on academic achievement of siblings, research from Brigham Young University found that "parents' beliefs about their children, not just their actual parenting, may influence who their children become," says Alex Jensen, lead author of the... Read more

Smoking Near Toddlers As Bad As Smoking While Pregnant

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If you need another reason to quit smoking, we've got it. It turns out that smoking around a toddler can have the same effects on the child's future weight gain as smoking while pregnant. Researchers from the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre found that by the age of 10, kids... Read more

Building A Breast Milk Stash Before You Go Back To Work

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Meet Jessica Shortall, a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump. Pre-order her upcoming book by Abrams, “Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back... Read more

Here's How Dads Really Feel About Paternity Leave

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The parental leave discussion continues, this time from dad's point of view. Taking a look at new dads, Boston College Center for Work & Family released The New Dad: A Portrait of Today’s Father this week. Yesterday, we told you about how dads feel about their roles as parents and their work/life... Read more