Fewer U.S. parents are spanking their kids

Attitudes toward physically punishing misbehaving children have changed drastically over the last 20-plus years, according to a new study that will appear in the December issue of Pediatrics. Spanking is out and time-outs are in across all income level…

Do parents need a ‘time out’ box for technology?

Earlier this year, I made the mistake of telling my six-year-old son that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to pay less attention to my phone and more attention to him. Now, every time he sees me look down at a device instead of listening attentiv…

Changing tables now mandatory in certain men’s rooms

My husband has had to change our kids in many unfortunate places: on a table in a beer garden (as seen above), in the back seat of our car, and on a park bench, to name a few. He has had to do this because, on the whole, men’s rooms do not come equip…

True tales (and tips!) to survive the SFUSD’s school selection process

You know how it goes. You’re talking to a friend or family member who lives outside of San Francisco and you are trying to describe to them the months-long process of touring, debating, selecting, prioritizing and eventually (hopefully) getting your …

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 …