New study shows smoking pot during pregnancy does not increase birth risks

There is no link between using marijuana during pregnancy and increased birth risks, according to a new study recently published in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers looked at previous observational studies that compared the risks of low birth we…

From Charlie to Rowan: Gender-neutral baby names are on the rise

On the heels of Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green naming their third son Journey River, the New York Times pointed out that “gender-blurring” names are on the rise among American parents. The article points not only to celebrity baby names like Delt…

More doctors are firing patients for refusing vaccines—with support from the medical establishment

Doctors have long been tiring of continuing to educate parents who do not want to have their children vaccinated, with nearly 12 percent “always” dismissing their patients for refusal to vaccinate in 2013 versus 6.1 percent in 2006. Those numbers …

An unexpected side effect of the childhood obesity epidemic hits below the belt

I thought I had heard every angle on the childhood obesity epidemic, but Monday’s piece from the New York Times’ “Wellness” blog was a new one for me. It seems the parents of overweight boys are increasingly concerned about their sons’ penis …

Could you be arrested for leaving your kids home alone?

Walking home from school this week, I told my 5-year-old son we needed to make a quick stop to pick up some food for dinner at the market about two blocks from our house. “Nooooooo,” he replied. “I don’t want to go! Why can’t you just leave m…

Think people with kids live happier lives? Think again

For many people, having children is part of the American Dream, right up there with homeownership and career advancement. But new research shows that American parents are actually a lot less happy than their childless counterparts. Even more interestin…

‘Cry it out’ sleep-training found to have no ill effects on children

Of the many parenting questions during baby’s first year, perhaps none is more fraught than this: Should I let my child “cry it out” to get to sleep? Nobody likes to hear their infant cry, but the alternative strategy of being available at baby..

Perfectionist parenting leads to unhappy kids

A new study from the National University of Singapore shows that parents who expect perfection end up with a host of unintended consequences, including higher rates of anxiety and depression in their children. The children of these “intrusive” pare…