parenting

Photographer Travels the Country to Capture Diverse Families

Ghartey family portraitMichele Crowe
Brooklyn-based photographer Michele Crowe has been photographing families for years. But redundant shots of traditional families got her thinking -- it was time to cast her net wider. So began "The Universal Family" project. While still primarily based in the northeast, Crowe has traveled to California, Colorado and Texas for the project. Soon, she'll leave... Read more

Does the Newborn Heel Prick Test Pose Privacy Concerns?

baby feetBourn Hall Clinic
Right after birth, babies quickly have their heels pricked. A few drops of blood are collected on a card with your child's name and taken to the lab to be tested for approximately 40 genetic diseases. But what happens next? That card typically goes into long-term storage, where it may later be retrieved and given to medical... Read more

Videos of Kids Playing with Toys Earn Parents $1 Million

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A stroke of luck or a brilliant business venture? Thanks to YouTube, one California couple turned their kids' playtime into a source of income. Specifically, a million dollars worth of income. You may have seen the videos before. The "Hulyan Maya" YouTube channel averages several million hits per day. The videos, usually about... Read more

Ryan Reynolds Explains Why Baby James's Name Was Kept a Secret

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Now that their daughter is nearly three months old, we can finally confirm that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named her James. Reynolds sat down with the TODAY Show's Willie Geist to tell us what we already knew: "It's James. Everyone knows… I didn't want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media. Because as... Read more

How Many Dads Suffer Postpartum Depression?

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The stigma around postpartum depression is lessening; we talk about it more and more, making it easier and more encouraged for women to seek treatment. But does the same hold true for dads? One in ten dads will suffer from postpartum depression. And a new study highlights the negative effects this could... Read more

How to Raise Lifelong Readers

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Reading to baby has some serious benefits -- you know that. But once you've been through every picture book and nursery rhyme in an attempt to boost brain development and language skills, how do you get your child to actually like reading? That's the question Daniel Willingham is addressing in his new book, Raising... Read more

When Bachelors Race Against Their Biological Clocks

Dr. Conrad Cean and twinsDr. Conrad Cean/Alex Kaplan Photo
Ladies, your biological clocks aren't the only ones ticking. Meet Dr. Conrad Cean. He figured he'd be married by 33 or 34, but as his career took off, it didn't happen. “I had just finished my fellowship and was trying to get the lay of the land in the business of medicine,” he tells TODAY. “I... Read more

Trend Watch: Gift Registries for Kids' Birthday Parties

baby's first birthdayAshlee Culverhouse Photography
Gift registries have been a part of baby showers and wedding showers for years -- newlyweds and first-time parents would probably shudder at the thought of not having one -- but the concept has recently taken off in a whole new field: kids' birthday parties. It's already being fiercely debated among parents, with some slamming it as greedy and... Read more

This MSNBC Interview is an Ode to Working Moms

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Last-minute live interviews and commentary from experts are the stuff of TV news. And Rebecca Traister's March 3 interview on MSNBC was nothing out of the ordinary -- except for the fact her sleeping baby was on camera for five-minute interview too. Traister, senior editor at The New Republic, was officially on maternity leave. But she didn't want... Read more

You Asked, The Pump and Dump Ladies Answered

The Pump and Dump ladies holding stuffed animalsCrystal Allen Photography
Meet Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee, the ladies behind The Bump Pump and Dump Validation Tour. These Denver-based moms are here to remind you that even on your worst parenting day, you’re doing a great job. And whether it’s via song at their parentally-incorrect live comedy shows or via blog post on The Bump,... Read more