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UPDATE: Sperm And Egg Freezing Added To Parental Leave Perks For Military Service Members

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We've said it before (and we'll say it again), military parents have one of the toughest jobs in the world. But recent news may make it easier. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has unveiled a pilot program that will pay for troops to have their sperm or eggs preserved. That way, if they—and their reproductive... Read more

Chick-fil-A Offers "Mom's Valet" To Make Parents' Lives Easier

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Dining out with baby just got a whole lot easier. Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country are implementing an unprecedented service, "Mom's Valet." Here's how it works: Parents order at the drive-thru with their kids in the car, then go inside the restaurant where a Chick-fil-A employee will have a table (and as many high chairs needed) ready... Read more

How A Raisin Can Predict Your Toddler's Success In School

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Yep, you read that correctly. Your toddler’s attention and learning capacity can now be tested using a dried grape. Researchers from the University of Warwick developed a simple test involving a raisin and a cup that can predict how well a 20-month-old will academically perform at age eight. Here's how it worked: Researchers... Read more

Time to #EndMommyWars? A Review of Similac's New Video

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Jessica Shortall is 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, and now she's here to give you advice for dealing with the challenges of being a working and pumping... Read more

New York Mets MVP Daniel Murphy Deserves Another Title: All-Star Dad

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Whether you're a baseball fan or not, chances are you've seen Daniel Murphy's name making headlines this week. On Wednesday, Daniel Murphy was named MVP of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) for his postseason performance. The New York Mets second baseman hit seven home runs in nine playoff games, including the last six consecutive games,... Read more

New #LeanInTogether Campaign Supports Gender Equality Movement

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Two years after Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg released her best-seller Lean In and launched a movement for women to embrace their workplace ambitions, her organization has a new initiative: getting men to “lean in” too. Sandberg announced the “Lean In Together” campaign earlier this week, partnering with ESPN, the NBA and the WNBA... Read more

Prenatal Co-Parenting Classes Have a Big Payoff for Your Kid

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Parents-to-be: Get your pencils and notebooks ready -- it’s time to head to class. The latest research suggests that expectant parents who've attended prenatal classes to help improve their co-parenting skills saw a big pay-off for their child — both at home and in school. In a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, a team of researchers at... Read more

Obama Calls for Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave

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If you're a working parent or one planning on continuing to work after the arrival of baby, here's a good piece of news: today President Obama is expected to announce several initiatives intended to improve United States workers access to paid sick leave, including parental leave. He plans to sign a Presidential Memorandum that will give... Read more

Do These Awesome Parenting Photos Resemble Your Life?

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Here's photo evidence that parenting isn't easy. In fact, real-life parenting can be messy and crazy -- which is what inspired lifestyle photographer and mom Danielle Guenther to capture that chaos in a photo series titled "Best Case Scenario." From kids rebelling in the grocery store to Mr. Mom basting a baby instead of the turkey, these dramatic photos are... Read more

Toddler Meets Twins, Can't Believe His Eyes

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He's nestled between twin girls, which is a pretty sweet place to be, but Landon isn't exactly excited. Nope, he is confused. So confused that he does a double take. Then another double take. Landon's expression is priceless as he looks back and forth at the younger twin baby girls, who are wearing matching strawberry onesies and white... Read more