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Crib notes: Who handles the money in your relationship?

Is there a new opt-out revolution afoot, or is it merely business as usual? Eilene Zimmerman, a business journalist for the New York Times, describes how she, like many wives and mothers, turned over the reins of her family's finances to her husband, leaving major purchasing and investment decisions to him. How much do traditional gender roles matter when deciding who handles which tasks in a m

Is there a new opt-out revolution afoot, or is it merely business as usual? Eilene Zimmerman, a business journalist for the New York Times, describes how she, like many wives and mothers, turned over the reins of her family's finances to her husband, leaving major purchasing and investment decisions to him. How much do traditional gender roles matter when deciding who handles which tasks in a marriage? How much does the difference between the two partners' incomes matter? Lastly, does it really matter who's in charge of paying the bills versus remembering to re-stock the toilet paper supply?

The recent devastation in Japan is horrifying. As parents, we not only have to deal with our own fears related to such disasters but also explain them to our children in ways that will be honest without being terrifying. Once you've explained the basics, you might want to end on an uplifting note and teach them about what Americans and people all around the world are doing to help the people of Japan. Heck, you might even want to hand them your phone and let them be the ones to text "REDCROSS" to 90999 so they can donate $10 to the relief effort. 

Mazel tov to Posh and Becks! Finally, they're expecting a girl. Of course, chances are that Murphy's Law will intervene and Posh will have a girl who likes to eat and doesn't like fashion....

One baby. Three biological parents. One global head scratch. Because grandmothers giving birth to their own grandchildren is so last week, the newest in human genetic engineering involves two "real" parents, who provide 98 percent of a child's DNA make-up, supplemented by a donor who would provide the genes that would prevent painful and deadly diseases in the child. Oh, the ethical implications.

When it comes to car seats, the green rule of thumb "Reduce, reuse, recycle," just doesn't cut it. Don't you dare reduce - buckle that baby up! Reuse can be tricky - it has to be fairly new, it can't have been in an accident. So, that leaves recycle. A handful of locations around the countryare now beginning to recycle used car seats, which is a great alternative to the city dump if you're even a teensy bit green.