"My dog bit my child"
A thoughtful post from blogger Lola the Pitty
with excellent tips on how to monitor play and help kids to successfully interact with family pets. [more inside]
A woman wonders how she will teach her daughter about sex in an essay titled How I Learned About Sex
The cost of raising a child from cradle to 18 has risen to $222,000. Chiefly among the reasons is parents' desire to "cultivate" their children
A D.C. couple wants children, but not now, and are worried about infertility creeping up on them as they get deeper into their thirties. They came up with a novel solution -- donating frozen embryos to their future selves
. The procedure is not uncommon for couples with fertility problems
; will it become a popular insurance option for young couples who just aren't ready for kids? They might want to think about what to do if they have more embryos than they want
. Or what happens if they get divorced
"Yes, I have four children. Four children with whom I spend a good part of every day: bathing them, combing their hair, sitting with them while they do their homework, holding them while they weep their tragic tears. But I'm not in love with any of them. I am in love with my husband
Generations of Hope
is a non-profit set up to bring kids out of foster care and into extended families with grandparents. The community of Hope Meadows
was repurposed from housing on a closed Air Force base
in Illinois. (The NYT article erroneously refers to the community by the non-profit's name. No matter. The story is still inspirational.) [more inside]
How does your country measure up as a place to raise kids?
It turns out that growing up in the UK is a bleaker experience than in any other wealthy country.
UNICEF studied all the wealthiest nations (full report PDF here
), and the US and UK came in at the bottom on almost all indicators (material wellbeing, health and safety, education, family and peer relationships, behaviours and risks, and the subjective feelings of kids and teens themselves ). Doing best for kids were the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. It turns out that GDP and material wealth alone does not ensure healthier or happier or more well-educated kids--the Czech Republic scored very well despite being one of the poorest nations surveyed.