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Crib notes: The Waltons, tantrums and vaccine policy

"Good Night, John-Boy."  Whether as a result of the recession, elderly parents living longer, or any other number of factors, more families are returning to a multi-generational home a la "The Waltons."  Could you live with your in-laws or do you prefer them a safe plane ride away?Three cheers for Surgeon General Regina Benjamin!!! The good doctor has issued a call to ease the obstacles to brea

"Good Night, John-Boy."  Whether as a result of the recession, elderly parents living longer, or any other number of factors, more families are returning to a multi-generational home a la "The Waltons."  Could you live with your in-laws or do you prefer them a safe plane ride away?

Three cheers for Surgeon General Regina Benjamin!!! The good doctor has issued a call to ease the obstacles to breastfeeding that many women (working women in particular) face. The primary focus is on changing the workplace so that it's more supportive of lactating mothers, offering both the time and a (sanitary) place to pump. There's also an effort to educate family members who may not fully understand the benefits.

Many teens feel a sense of duty to sneer at family traditions, but one mom says that though they may mock you, deep down they want you to keep them up.  Agreed, but perhaps if you've gotten to the point where you have to bribe them with a new outfit and highlights for their hair, it's time to give up the mandatory Santa pictures.  Traditions are great but not if they will lead to your kids being mocked well into their 30s. 

Now that the autism-vaccine link has been debunked, should parents who refuse to immunize their children be required to pay higher health care premiums?  One doctor thinks so. Given that those who are too young or otherwise too medically fragile to get vaccinated rely on herd immunity for protection, should those who don't join the herd have to pay for their lone-wolf tactics, or should "vaccine choice" be the law of the land?

You had me at "stop a tantrum." You almost lost me at "neuroscience lesson," but when it comes to preventing a full-fledged melt-down, most parents will try anything - even getting their kids to be a STAR (Stop. Think. Act. Reflect). You can almost see it on a classroom bulletin board, can't you?