For women who choose to nurse their infants, sleepless nights might be just the beginning of resulting hardships, thanks to folks who think that breastfeeding belongs hidden behind closed doors. That’s the hard lesson new mom Danielle Gendron learned when a judicial marshal ushered her out of a Connecticut courtroom while she was discreetly nursing her 3-month-old son.
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“That's never happened to me, so I wasn't sure she was speaking to me at first, so I kind of looked around, and she was like, ‘Get out,’” Gendron, 25, tells WTNH about the female marshal. Gendron was removed from family court on Wednesday as she waited to testify in a case. “It almost makes you feel ashamed, which is terrible, because you shouldn't feel that way,” she said.
But Connecticut is one of 45 states with a provision allowing women to breastfeed in public. After WTNH ran its story, the court backtracked, and apologized to Gendron's sister,
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For women who choose to nurse their infants, sleepless nights might be just the beginning of resulting hardships, thanks to folks who think that breastfeeding belongs hidden behind closed doors. That’s the hard lesson new mom Danielle Gendron learned when a judicial marshal ushered her out of a Connecticut courtroom while she was discreetly nursing her 3-month-old son.Read More »from Court Apologizes After Tossing Out Breastfeeding Mom
- Ward Miles Miller is a happy, pudgy 16-month-old Ohio boy who likes chasing the family dog and slurping green smoothies. But when he was born, 15 weeks prematurely, he weighed not quite a pound and a half, and required a host of machines to keep him alive during his 107-day stay in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit. Parents Benjamin and Lyndsey didn’t know if he would survive. Now a short video of Ward’s first year, created by his photographer dad as a birthday gift for his mom, is serving as a testament to the boy’s fighting spirit and captivating viewers worldwide.
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The 7-minute video, which he uploaded to Vimeo two weeks ago, has been viewed 169,000 times. And it’s growing in popularity during what happens to be Read More »from Dad Films Premature Son's Miraculous First Year
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, 26 Nov, 2013 4:33 PM EST
Faith Christian Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Shine. And VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent, could not be reached for comment.
Update: School officials said Tuesday they would require VanDyke to style her hair differently, but not necessarily to cut or straighten it.
A 12-year-old girl will be expelled from a Florida school unless she gets her hair under control, school officials have told her. Vanessa VanDyke, an honors student and violinist at the Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, tells WKMG that administrators have given her one week to decide whether to cut and shape her hair or leave the school, which she has attended since the third grade.
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But WKMG reports that the school’s handbook includes a section on hair that says it “must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” stating examples that include mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails. However, notes Kent, “A distraction to oneRead More »from Change Natural Hairstyle or Get Expelled, School Tells 12-Year-Old Girl
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, 21 Nov, 2013 5:19 PM EST
National Retail Federation’s holiday survey of more than 6,200 consumers, released Thursday. But don’t go doing a STEM jig or anything, because otherwise, the report is business as usual when it comes to toys and the stubborn gender divide.Girls want something slightly surprising for Christmas this year: iPads and tablets, which tie with Disney Princesses for the No. 4 spot on wish lists, according to the Read More »from Christmas 2013: What Little Girls and Boys Want is Really Depressing
“Usually, it’s appearance-related kit and caboodle for girls, like Barbie and her entourage, then domestic and nurturing-related, so baby dolls. For boys it’s violence-related, vehicles, an exciting-adventure category and then the whole building-and-science,” Judith Elaine Blakemore, children’s gender development expert and psychology professor at Indiana University tells Yahoo Shine. “So if you look and see only those things, except for the iPad, you’re not seeing anything different.”
Bummer. Because the No.1 toy for girls? Barbie. For boys? LEGO.
“Plus, you can get Disney princess
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, 20 Nov, 2013 3:09 PM EST
homeless individuals. He slept in shelters, panhandled on street corners and asked restaurants for free food, learning life-changing lessons — and helping a family of five get off the streets — along the way.Understanding homelessness is an important part of the job for Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, in Madison, Wisconsin. So he set out to get schooled — by going undercover as just another one of the city’s 3,500 Read More »from How Going Undercover as Homeless Changed These Men
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“As a nonprofit leader I thought it was important that I understood the issue, so I can know how to tackle it,” Johnson tells Yahoo Shine about his two-night, three-day social experiment, which ended Nov. 15. Local market owner and philanthropist Tim Metcalfe, as well as Salvation Army Community Center director Will Green, joined him.
Their aim, in addition to raising awareness and learning about what homeless people truly experience, was to provide aid to an
switched at birth, then, after three years, forced by a judge's decision to stay with the families that had been raising them. Today those famous babies, Callie Johnson and Rebecca Chittum, are 18-year-old young women, and each says she is happy to have remained with the caregivers she knew.It was a story that captivated the nation in 1995 — two babies accidentally Read More »from Girls Switched at Birth Are Happy Where They Are
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“I would not go back and change it,” Chittum, living in Virginia, tells the Daily Mail. “I am very happy I was switched at birth because I love the family I am with and if that didn’t happen then I wouldn’t know them.”
Similarly, Johnson tells WTVR in Virginia (where she also lives) in a recent interview that she adores the mom who raised her. “She’s my best friend. She always has been,” she says. “And I can honestly say that.”
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It’s not all that surprising, according to psychologists familiar
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McDonald's? Yep, a 4-year-old New York City boy, but his dad David Schorr said nope. Now Schorr, embroiled in a child custody case, is suing a court-appointed psychiatrist for defamation for deeming him "wholly incapable of taking care of his son" after he refused to let his kid eat dinner at McDonald’s.Did somebody say Read More »from How Saying No to McDonald's Might Lead to Dad Losing Custody
"You’d think it was sexual molestation," Schorr, an attorney-turned-consultant, tells the New York Post. "I am just floored by it."
The trouble began last week, the Post explained Thursday, when Schorr was scheduled to take his son to their usual neighborhood restaurant for their weekly Tuesday-night visit. But that night the child dug in his heels about wanting to go to McDonald's instead. Schorr, who felt the boy had been eating too much junk food lately, refused, saying he could eat anywhere else but the fast-food joint — or have no dinner at all.
"The child, stubborn as a mule, chose the 'no dinner' option," Schorr says in the suit, according to the Post. "It was
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, 5 Nov, 2013 3:17 PM EST
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How do families move on from unspeakably tragic losses? For some, including the Oregon parents of two young girls killed in an October hit-and-run, the answer may be surprising: forgiveness.
“I can't change what happened to my girls. I've said many times I just want to wake up, reverse the clocks, but I can't change it,” Susan Dieter-Robinson, the mother of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and stepmom of Abigail Robinson, 11, tells KGW in an interview Monday. But she and husband Tom Robinson say, amazingly, that they’ve already forgiven the 18-year-old who accidentally ran over their girls as they played in a pile of curbside leaves on Oct. 20.
“It's one of those freaky things that happen, the timing of it all, totally freak accident and they understand and realize that,” the couple’s friend, Pastor Eric Schmitt of the Sonrise Church in Forest Grove, tells KGW. He admits that their big-hearted reaction is rare, but adds, “By their actions, by their behavior, and by their character, that's who