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Elder-care challenges prompt tech executives to create startups, apps

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For years, Google Inc's commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet searchShow More Summary

Thousands expected for funeral for slain New York policeman

For years, Rafael Ramos ushered people to their seats in his Queens church, be they parents steering bulky baby carriages, new congregants, or elderly people who needed help navigating the aisles.

Philly cops reunite with baby they delivered on train

Transit cops who helped deliver a Christmas baby on a subway train reunited with the newborn boy and his parents Friday.

RIE Parenting: Can This Trend Help You Raise a Happier Baby??

Post by Judy Dutton.   Move over, attachment parents and helicopter parents -- the latest rage on raising kids has arrived, and it's called RIE parenting. Celebs like Penelope Cruz, Helen Hunt, and Tobey Maguire are all fans of the RIE (pronounced "rye"). Show More Summary

Overweight teens lose weight for the right reasons, study shows

A new study looked at formerly obese or overweight teens who had lost weight and kept it off. Their motives were more intrinisic, such as being healthy and feeling good. Parents can help by being supportive during major life transitions, the researchers say.

Do You Agree With These Parents' Decision to 'Cancel' Christmas?

When John and Lisa Henderson grew weary of the poor behavior of their three boys, ages 5, 8, and 11, the couple decided upon a radical remedy. They decided to "cancel" Christmas. After months of working with their boys to help them curb...Show More Summary

Gun control PSA urges kids to steal parents' guns and give them to teachers

A new gun control PSA produced by Sleeper 13 Productions has a rather unsettling suggestion for how kids can help end gun violence: Steal your parents' guns and take them to school. Then give them to your understandably terrified teacher...Show More Summary

Tsunami Orphans: The Heartwarming Story Of Two Brothers Who Lost Their Parents

A decade after being orphaned in the 2004 tsunami, British brothers Rob and Paul Forkan are successful entrepreneurs giving back to the people who helped them by building their first orphanage in Sri Lanka. The brothers were just 17Show More Summary

Samsung Releases Look At Me, An App For Autistic Kids

Over the past few years, technology has given educators and the parents of autistic children tools they could never have imagined before. Mobile apps and games help kids learn communication skills, while virtual reality can potentially teach them how to cope in different social situations. Show More Summary

Want to teach kids English? Then teach their parents.

To the editor: The Los Angeles Unified School District is trying to fix something it broke. ("California schools step up efforts to help 'long-term English learners,'" Dec. 17)

Drug helps Huntington’s disease-afflicted mice, and their offspring

Famine, drug abuse and even stress can “silence” certain genes, causing health problems in generations to come. Now scientists are wondering—could therapies that change gene expression in parents help their children?

TSRI Scientists Find Drug That Helps Huntington's Disease-Afflicted Mice--and Their Offspring

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute suggests therapies that change gene expression in parents could help their children. Research showed offspring of mice treated with a drug also had delayed onset and reduced symptoms of Huntington's disease.

Schools should help the children of immigrants become truly bilingual

Many students in Los Angeles, from kindergarten through college, speak a language other than English because they grew up hearing it. They are “heritage speakers,” the children of immigrants who communicate at home in their parents' native language. Yet many of these students have...

Why We Don’t Do the Naughty List

I understand why the naughty list helps some parents. But for my anxious daughter, it's the opposite of Christmas magic. Bless the mall Santa who understood that.

Helping parents understand infant sleep patterns

Most parents are not surprised by the irregularity of a newborn infant's sleep patterns, but by six months or so many parents wonder if something is wrong with their baby or their sleeping arrangements if the baby is not sleeping through the night. Show More Summary

Smartphone Cameras Could Help Diagnose Ear Infections Right at Home

Ear infections, the number one reason parents take kids to the doctor, are an exceedingly common and exceedingly annoying fact of life. But a new smartphone app and accessory could help ease the irritation (of going to to the doctor's on a false alarm) by promising to diagnose ear infections right from home. Read more...

California schools step up efforts to help 'long-term English learners'

After more than 11 years in Los Angeles public schools, Dasha Cifuentes still isn't speaking or writing English at grade level. The U.S. native, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, was raised in a Spanish-speaking household and she acknowledges that the two languages get confused in her mind.

Top 5 Tips for Balancing Business and Family

Being a parent and an entrepreneur is amazing. It gives you the ability to work while raising a family. However, challenges of juggling all the roles can at times get daunting. Adding a busy holiday season doesn't help. However, I have found ways to make this juggling act a lot easier. 1. Show More Summary

The Best Camera for Every Parent

If you have kids, the impulse to document every instant of their waking lives is nearly as powerful as the impulse to feed and shelter them. I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments. Read more...

Op-ed: Homeless for the Holidays

Some parents kick their kids out into the December cold for being gay. Here's your chance to help them. read more

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