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Crib notes: Asking a 14-year-old to babysit is child cruelty?

Asking a 14-year-old to babysit a younger sibling for half an hour counts as child cruelty in England?! One mom was recently issued a "caution" (that's a ticket to you Yanks) and lost her job for doing just that. And here we thought the crap economy was the cause for such high unemployment rates, when in reality this whole jobless phenomenon is a result of parents asking their kids to help out aro

Asking a 14-year-old to babysit a younger sibling for half an hour counts as child cruelty in England?! One mom was recently issued a "caution" (that's a ticket to you Yanks) and lost her job for doing just that. And here we thought the crap economy was the cause for such high unemployment rates, when in reality this whole jobless phenomenon is a result of parents asking their kids to help out around the house a bit.

Losing a parent is one of the hardest things a person can deal with. Raising children after the death of one (or both) parents adds a new layer to that grief. Not only do you miss your parent for yourself but you also feel the loss on behalf of your kids. As the average age of first-time mothers increases, the number of parentless parents is also increasing.

Amidst so many stories of "the system" failing at risk children, it's refreshing to hear a success story about one teenager, whose prospects for future success now look bright, thanks to the support of school counselors and a caring social worker.

Kids today are bombarded with celebrity news from around the world and researchers say that this inundation of information about the rich and famous is harmful to our mental health. It can be hard enough for adults to keep from getting a raging case of the "wants" when watching the shoe parade otherwise known as Sex and the City, but it's even harder for kids to keep a sense of perspective when the media seems to tell them at every turn that everyone has better clothes, better jewelry and a better life than they do.

It's only Wednesday but we think it's safe to call this week's most obvious study results: "Women More Likely to Give Up Sleep to Care for Children than Men." Ya don't say....