Three-year-old suspended from school - for wetting her pants. The toddler apparently violated the school's "accident limit" policy and thus was removed from school for one month. It's unclear what Victorian-era child-rearing guide this school is following. What's next? A return of the "dunce cap" for kids?
Want a more supportive relationship with your partner and co-parent? Let him off the hook. A study from the University of Ohio showed that when fathers did less care-giving and more playing with the kids, the couples were actually more supportive of one another than the couples who took an equal approach to care-giving. While we don't want to question the esteemed academy, it seems that every woman we know complains that her husband doesn't do enough to help out. Or was it that he doesn't do things right? Hmm, maybe the study's right after all.
No nanny, no raise? While a supportive spouse is great, what women really need if they want to succeed in their careers is supportive (and mainly immigrant) domestic help. That's the argument one columnist is making in support of relaxing the nation's immigration policies. He states that for professional women to be able to put in the hours to succeed at work, most often they rely on a nanny (or housecleaner) to pick up the slack at home, and those nannies and house-keepers are often immigrants. Welcome to the intersection of women's lib and immigration reform.
It's a good thing women can count on the hired help, because from the sound of it, they sure can't count on their friends. One woman who watched her friends' children while her friends were out of town later sent the parents a bill for expenses incurred, including the cost of showering. Can you imagine the mini-bar charges the kids could have racked up at this lady's house?
Does two plus two still equal four? What's so new about this "new math?" If trying to help your kids with "reform" or "inquiry" math makes you want to hurl the school book (or iPad) across the room in frustration, here are some tips for teaching this new-fangled subject of mathematics to your children.