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Life Of A New Parent: Episode 2 – Late Car Drives!

Before being a parent and a committed man, 3am car droves were pretty common. Now, not so much. This morning just happened to be one of those occasions.  I remember people telling me of their stories of having to turn on the vacuum, or leave the TV on, or blah blah blah to get their kid to sleep. OK then, what happens when none of that works? You jump in the car an drive around town for a few hours.

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Did Time Magazine’s Cover of a Breastfeeding Mom Go Too Far?

This week’s issue of Time magazine features a cover story on attachment parenting, a controversial form of child-rearing that involves breastfeeding to an older age, co-sleeping and wearing children in slings. It also features a cover image of a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son that’s sure to raise a few eyebrows.

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Category: Parenting, Weird News
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New Survey Reveals Parents Have Tough Time Finding Qualified Babysitters

Any parent will tell you that it is tough to find a good babysitter, and even tougher to find that good babysitter available when you need him or her.

Even so, parents would rather have a qualified sitter stay with their children, or no sitter at all.

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Category: Family/Kids, Parenting
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Courtesy of the Anoka County Sheriff's Department
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Minnesota Couple Arrested For Punishing 12-Year-Old With ‘Diaper Discipline’

In another "WTF were they thinking?" parenting moment, police say a Minnesota mother and her boyfriend shaved 12-year-old daughter's head and made her run up and down the street in a diaper because she wasn't getting good grades.

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Indiana Mom Stirs Up Big Trouble By Sending Gay Son to School with a Stun Gun to Confront Bullies

An Indiana mother is making headlines today because she sent her 17-year old gay son, Darnell Young, to school at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis one day last month armed with a stun gun to protect himself against bullies.

Now the teen is facing expulsion.

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Category: Family/Kids, Parenting
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Mother Arrested for Taking Daughter, 5, to Tanning Salon — What’s Her Defense? [VIDEO]

New Jersey resident Patricia Krentcil was arrested after she took her daughter, 5, into a tanning salon.

The little girl suffered burns and Krentcil was charged with second-degree child endangerment.

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How Young is Too Young When It Comes to Little Girls Wearing Makeup?

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes came under fire for letting their daughter Suri, wear heels and makeup. Now, much less famous mommyish.com blogger Lindsay Cross, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is taking a beating in the court of public opinion for admitting to letting her four-year-old daughter wear makeup.

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Category: Family/Kids, Parenting
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Controversy Erupts After Father Secretly Tapes Teachers Verbally Abusing Autistic Son [VIDEO]

Confused by reports that his autistic son had suddenly become violent at school, New Jersey dad Stuart Chaifetz made the child wear a recording device in an attempt get to the bottom of things. Shockingly, he discovered that a teacher and a teacher’s aide were verbally abusing learning-disabled children at Horace Mann Elementary School in the town of Cherry Hill.

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Here Is A Great Way To Help Out The Make A Wish Foundation!

Hey Tigers fans, want something special for Mother's Day, Father's Day or upcoming graduations and birthdays? Something so rare that ONLY 5,000 of them will exist? And, a product that will benefit a lot of needy children in the state of Michigan!

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Woman Gives Birth At Kentwood Gas Station!

I was looking over the WZZM website and noticed something I do not understand how I could miss. I recently had a baby, not me personally but my fiance, so I have learned the stresses of becoming a father... which could also be the reason I missed this story.  The delivery of a child can be stressful at the hospital, let alone at a Kentwood BP gas station.

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Cute Toddler Avoids Chores with “It’s Too Heavy!” Act (Video)

Kids having meltdowns usually aren't adorable. I'm not a parent, but I can imagine it could be rather irritating, not to mention embarrassing if you're in public. That said-- the fit 3 year old Kirsten throws to get out of helping clear the table might be the exception. Seriously, check out these acting skills!

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flickr, Ani's Photography
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Forbes Names Grand Rapids One Of The Best Places To Raise A Family

Those of us who call Grand Rapids home know that it's an amazing place filled with great people. We also know that it's a great place to raise kids, and now we're getting national recognition for it!

Forbes has named Grand Rapids the best metro area in the US to raise a family.

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