parenting

Tech Minded
12:26 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

If you've noticed that kids seem to be better at figuring out these things, you're not alone.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they "totally get" apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems.

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Life In Cartoons
2:18 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Her Baby Is At Risk: Lauren's Story

Courtesy of Lauren R. Weinstein/Nautilus

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:55 pm

They're odds. That's all they are. Not fate, just probabilities. Lauren Weinstein, cartoonist, is having a baby, and she's told — out of the blue — that she and her husband are both carriers of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis. They are sent to a genetic counselor. What happens next — told in five beautifully drawn, emotionally eloquent cartoons — tells what it's like to walk the edge for a few weeks. She's so many things (sad, funny, scared, puzzled), and then there's the ender. Take a look.

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Health
3:18 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Fatal Birth Defects Surge In South Central Washington, And No One Knows Why

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington State Department of Health's Dr. Kathy Lofy about the work the state is doing to figure out why south central Washington is experiencing a surge of fatal birth defects.

Family Care
3:05 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Depression Not The Only Risk After Giving Birth

Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. Leslie Butterfield about the challenges new parents face and how to spot the signs of postpartum depression and anxiety.

One in five new moms and one in ten new dads have some form of postpartum depression. Postpartum Support International and Postpartum Support International of Washington State are resources for information about postpartum depression, as well as local support groups and counselors. You can also call the toll-free line anytime to talk to a volunteer: 1.888.404.7763.

Childbirth
6:03 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Fewer Women Are Having Labor Induced Early

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:43 am

There has been a major effort in the past several years to reduce the rate of early elective deliveries. Those are births that for no medical reason are hastened by inducing labor or performing a cesarean section before the pregnancy has reached 39 weeks of gestation.

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Parenting
7:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four-and-a-half years Butler fostered her.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 1:43 pm

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.

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Working Dads
4:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

How Paternity Leave Affects Equality In Parenting

Dad's favorite hands-free device.
Credit Flickr Photo/jonathan donavan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with Professor Brad Harrington, executive director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family, about the importance of paternity leave for working fathers and their families.

Family
11:28 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Program Seeks To Help Men Be Good Fathers

Alphonso Pettis (left) instructs a fatherhood program at the Milwaukee group, Next Door. Darnell Reid (right) is one of the participants. (Erin Toner)

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:56 am

Sunday is Father’s Day, and there are many men who are now fathers who did not have a dad when they were growing up — someone who might be a role model, and teach them right from wrong.

In Milwaukee, one organization is working to help dads strengthen their relationships with their kids, even after the family has broken apart.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Erin Toner of WUWM reports.

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Do Fathers Matter?
12:59 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Science Of Being A Dad

A father and his son. A new book suggests not enough research has been done to show the importance of fathers in childhood development. (Creative Commons / Lies Thru a Lens)

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:34 am

The science of fatherhood. How dads shape their children from the DNA up – how they speak, the way they move, more.

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Adoption
12:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rep. Orwall Talks Expanded Birth Record Access For Washington Adoptees

Des Moines Representative Tina Orwall helped craft the new law that allows all Washington State adoptees access to their original birth records.

Knowing your medical history and where your parents are from are things you might take for granted – unless you are adopted.

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Breastfeeding
7:36 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slideshow: Lactation Rooms Around Seattle (And Beyond)

The designated room for pumping at KUOW. Click through the slideshow to see other photos of lactation rooms submitted to us by listeners. Some are pretty luxurious (Amazon and Gates Foundation!), several are not.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Bill Radke follows up with online editor Isolde Raftery about the response to her slideshow of lactation rooms.
Bill Radke discusses lactation rooms with online editor Isolde Raftery about her project to create a slideshow of lactation rooms around Seattle.

When I returned from maternity leave earlier this month, my boss Jenna showed me to the lactation room.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

RadioActive Interviews Women Of Influence In Every Day Life

Sensei Joni Sharrah teaches at USA Karate in Shoreline.
Courtesy of Joni Sharrah

We all know influential females. In this month's podcast, we highlight two such women who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. The first is a new mom who gave birth to her son at the age of 19. The other is a sensei who teaches karate in Shoreline.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

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Gender Wage Gap
2:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Seattle Women Earn Less Than Men. The City Wants To Change That

Seattle Councilwoman Jean Godden said she was shocked to learn that the city does not provide its employees with paid time off to care for a new child.
Credit Jean Godden's Facebook page

City of Seattle employees who are women earn on average 9.5 percent less than men.

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Original Birth Certificate
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Washington State Expects Rush When Adoption Records Open

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:45 pm

Washington's state Department of Health is expecting a rush when an adoption law change takes effect on July 1.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Idea Of A Better Future Keeps Teen Mom Going

Gabby Saechao gave birth to her son Aiden when she was 19.
Courtesy of Gabby Saechao

Gabby Saechao was in her first year of college when she heard those two dreaded words: “You’re pregnant.”

At first she was in denial, but there was no hiding it. "My mom knew straight away; she was really suspicious," Saechao said.

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