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Crib notes: Mom and crying baby kicked off bus for being too loud? Say it isn't so...

Bus drivers, take note -- babies (even the crying ones) are people, too. A bus driver in Oregon reportedly kicked a mom and her crying baby off the bus, saying, "I can't drive with that noise." The other passengers said the baby wasn't that loud and all got off the bus, with the mom, as a form of protest. Given all of the headlines about so-called "brat bans" lately (and the support these bans see

Bus drivers, take note -- babies (even the crying ones) are people, too. A bus driver in Oregon reportedly kicked a mom and her crying baby off the bus, saying, "I can't drive with that noise." The other passengers said the baby wasn't that loud and all got off the bus, with the mom, as a form of protest. Given all of the headlines about so-called "brat bans" lately (and the support these bans seem to have), we love the solidarity the passengers on the bus showed this mom and her wee one. Score one for the little ones!

Can your children look at a map and identify Germany? Can they look at a magazine and identify the airbrushing? While schools have long covered geography lessons, some schools in the U.K. are now also teaching kids to spot airbrushing in ads. Kids, see how Britney's waist is smaller in the second photo? See the cellulite in the before photo but notice how it's missing in the after shot? Many, who are concerned by the unattainable bodies presented in touched-up photographs of celebrities, applaud this curriculum addition, hoping it will help improve kids' body images. However, others are concerned this is taking away valuable learning time from core curriculum subjects. Would you applaud or lament this addition to your child's education?

Forget apples -- it might be a mother's love that keeps the doctor away. A new study proves what many of us have long-suspected, a nurturing mom is one of the best medicines. It has been shown that kids who are raised by less-educated parents are at an increased risk for metabolic syndrome (a precursor to diabetes and heart disease). But, that risk was reduced for kids who had an especially nurturing mom. Previous, related studies, have shown that nurturing caregivers provide children with feelings of security and more faith that the world is safe. The authors of this new study believe that feeling of security may lead to less stress and wear-and-tear on the body, making people healthier in the long-run.

Marketing wine to moms worked so well, why not target moms-to-be? Yes, folks, the new thing is wine for the pregnant gal. The non-alcoholic brand, Eisberg, is expecting that those who are expecting will clamor for a fetus-friendly vino. Their website even features a pregnancy page and baby shower kit.

Meet Kate Richman. A mom herself, for 30 years, she has volunteered her time caring for the babies of teen moms, so those young mothers could attend school. Years ago, the district she volunteers for offered her a paying job, but she turned it down. In addition to spending her own time diapering and cuddling those babies, she has recruited numerous other volunteers to help with the effort. She says she enjoys watching the mothers mature and grow as much as she enjoys caring for the babies. She's seen many of the mothers go on to college, and one even became the president of her university.

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.