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Should The U.S. Adopt Finland’s ‘Baby Box’ For New Parents?

When it comes to maternity leave, The United States earns a pretty dismal ranking when compared to other countries, being the only first-world country, and one of only three countries (the others being Lesotho, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea) that does not offer paid maternity leaves. Not only do other countries have better systems in place for maternity leave, but they have some pretty great welcoming gifts for their newest citizens. In Finland, for example, new parents can choose between receiving the above maternity package filled with essentials for baby's first few months or a tax-free lump sum of 140 euros as a maternity grant.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Sends Parents “Fat Letters”

A letter comes in from your child's school. You're thinking, "Tardy? Misbehaving? Poor Grades? How about, your child is obese! Quite frankly, we as parents just cannot know everything that's going on with our kids. Sometimes it takes an outsider to point things out to us. We all love our children very much and we want nothing but the best for them, including their health. It appears that this is what they hope to accomplish.

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Parent tweets of the week
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Hilarious Tweets By Parents The Week Of Feb. 25

Myth debunked - parents can indeed be funny and we have the tweets to prove it! Check out 10 of the most hilarious things written on Twitter this week by parents (and one non-parent who gets it) this week:

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Anti-Smoking Advocate, Debi Austin, Has Passed Away at 62 [VIDEO] [POLL]

I can't help but wonder If I'm a bad father for starting the 'smoking is really bad for you' lectures to my four year old son. He's only four, yet he is curious as he has seen people smoking. When the anti-smoking commercials play on TV, I let him watch. Am I too edgy? Are the commercials too scary for a young child?

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How To Get Your Child To Listen

"We'll take you to Chuck E Cheese, you'll get a new toy, you can stay up a little later". We've tried them all to get our son Dylan to listen to what Mommy and Daddy wants done. What's a parent or grand parent to do with a four or five year old who's beginning to bargain for what they want. My wife and I did some research and we'd like to share with you what we've learned.

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8 Unintentionally Inappropriate Children’s Books

Reading to a child is essential to their growth, and most children's books address similar topics of sharing, accepting who you are and eating your vegetables. We found some gems from the children's literature department, though, that made us pause and say WHAT?!?!

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Wilson Reyes
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Parents Sue Police After 7-Year-Old Is Cuffed For 10 Hours

An elementary school tussle turned into an all day police station ordeal for seven-year old Wilson Reyes, according to a $250 million lawsuit his parents have filed against the NYPD.

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Dad Makes Curfew Breaking Teen Daughter Wear T-Shirt With His Photo on It

The latest parental public shaming technique is also the most narcissistic one we've ever encountered.

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An iPhone Contract for Your Teen – Gregory’s iPhone Contract

What age should a young person be given their first smartphone?  These parents of a thirteen-year-old decided to gift their son one for Christmas, but it came with a few rules.  Read them over and let us know what you think.

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College Student Wins Stalking Order Against Extreme Helicopter Parents

When Aubrey Ireland left for college she had a good relationship with her parents. They had always supported her interest in music and acting and offered to pay her tuition to the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music, even though she had received scholarships from other schools.

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Mom slaps bullies
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Mom Arrested After Slapping Kids Who Bullied Her Daughter

Rebecca Sardoni doesn't deny that she entered her nine-year-old's school bus to complain about her daughter being bullied by four of her fellow students.

But it's what happened next that is subject to dispute.

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World's Best Father
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‘World’s Best Father’ Documents Hilarious Scenes With Daughter

Not long after photographer Dave Engledow's daughter Bree was born in 2010 he got a novelty "World's Best Father" mug. But the first-time dad didn't always feel like he was completely on top of the whole fatherhood thing. So to express his constant bewilderment he set up a funny picture of himself absent-mindedly squirting bottle milk into that very coffee-filled World's Best Father mug as he held his baby.

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