Baby boys born in Colorado whose mothers are on Medicaid now won't be getting "the cut" as the state has cut funds for circumcision. The state, facing a major budget shortfall, is trimming everything it can (except foreskin), a procedure which reportedly costs the state $186,500 a year. Colorado is the 18th state to eliminate circumcision funding. With funding for the procedure increasingly unavailable to the poor, will circumcised penises eventually become the ultimate status symbol?
Flash mobs have been all the rage for quite some time now and breastfeeding in public has been gaining in popularity as well, so naturally it was only a matter of time before the two converged. A flashmob of more than 100 nursing moms and their little sucklers converged on a shopping mall in England. A mall official stated that the shopping center was a family-friendly facility with, count them: one, two, three, four! breastfeeding facilities. Even with that large number of spaces dedicated to moms and babes, the mall still welcomes women to nurse wherever they like. With that kind of support, no wonder moms in old England are so jolly.
Hey mom -- just wanted to let you know, I'm here at the interview, and it's going really well. The first generation of kids raised by helicopter parents is entering the workforce and some employers are horrified by what they're seeing. Kids are not only calling their folks mid-interview to give them a progress report, some are actually having their parents sit in on interviews -- complete with parents answering questions for their children. Whatever happened to raise you right and let you go?
When creating a family with more than one child, parents hope that their kids will not only bond with them as parents, but with each other as well. The hope of many parents is that their children will be friends both in childhood and adulthood as well -- supporting and loving one another, even after their parents are gone. However, this isn't always the case, which has many asking how parents can help their children form bonds amongst themselves. Some say to let siblings develop their own relationships, without parental involvement (complete with secrets kept from their parents).
Last week, President Obama shored up the baby vote, demonstrating his ability to soothe a crying baby. Now, he's garnering support amongst the elementary school crowd, by allowing one kid the chance to not only sit in his limo but to use his phone as well. The little boy did his mother proud by choosing to call her from the President's phone. She didn't answer, but will likely be playing that voicemail to anyone who will listen to it for a long time to come.
Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.