Moms

Crib notes: gestational carriers, brow waxes for toddlers and new-dad bonus

Jan. 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM ET

When we first heard the term "gestational carrier," we thought it was a new bra-like support for a pregnant woman's belly. No, it's what Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban call the surrogate mother who carried their new baby. Will this new phrase have the lasting power of "baby bump" or be a flash in the pan like "That's hot?"

Aah, the rituals of childhood sleepovers: pillow fights, staying up way too late, and guns?! There's been a bit of a stir on the interwebs lately over one mom's questioning other parents about gun ownership and gun security before allowing her son to spend the night at their houses.  Another over-the-top helicopter parent, or someone exercising prudent caution?

While some people wait to find out the gender of their baby, most find out as soon as they can -- around 18 weeks into the pregnancy. But what if you could find out the sex of your little one at your very first ultrasound (around nine weeks)?  According to a new study, technicians using a transvaginal ultrasound were able to predict the gender in the first trimester with 97 percent accuracy. Now we just have to weigh the pros of extra nursery decorating time against the cons of another nine weeks for family members to nag you about the name.

"Toddlers and Tiaras" has picked up where "The Jerry Springer Show" left off in persuading the world that Americans are all certifiably insane. The latest episode will do nothing to counter that opinion, with one mother forcing her five-year-old daughter to get her brows waxed even though the girl was horrified. Stay tuned next week for whale-bone corsets and foot-binding.

When it comes to salaries for working parents, it should be, "What's good for the gander is good for the goose." But while women's salaries tend to decrease after having children, it turns out that men tend to get a "New Father Bonus."

It's been a rough stretch lately for those in charge of running the country's biggest school systems.  First, Michelle Rhee, the embattled chancellor for the D.C. schools resigned. Now New York City schools chancellor Cathie Black recently made a joke about the problem of overcrowded schools, saying, “Could we just have some birth control? It would really help us out a lot." Hope that shoe tastes good because she's probably still trying to pull her foot out of her mouth.

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