Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

In how-screwed-up-is-this news: a northern Georgia town is trying to mandate gun ownership. From the Huffington Post:

Council members in Nelson, a city of about 1,300 residents that’s located 50 miles north of Atlanta, voted unanimously to approve the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.”

This all reminds me of the popular Facebook image following the Newtown shootings that read (paraphrased): “If your first instinct was to cry ‘gun rights’ following the shooting deaths of 20 children, then your priorities as a human being suck.” Amen.

In related news: an Idaho biology teacher is being investigated for saying the word “vagina” in his class. Oy vey.

In other health news: meat and poultry account for nearly a quarter of all foodborne illnesses, however, beef is only a sliver of that, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And whoa: More than 18 percent of babies born to teenaged mothers are baby No. 2 or 3, according to a story in NBC News.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

Teen pregnancy rates are highest in New Mexico and lowest in New Hampshire, according to a study reported in LiveScience.

In case you missed it, online news threads have been abuzz with the announcement that Yahoo would no longer allow its employees to telecommute. What’s especially disappointing is that the CEO, Marissa Mayer, is a new mom with a built-in nursery at work. With friends like these…If you are interested, here’s the MomsRising statement on it.

Finally, I am headed to New York this Friday for a food event MomsRising is hosting. The event, which is free and includes a documentary and lunch, is open to the public. I will be meeting our Sue in Queens. Can’t wait!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Trendy Teen Store Starts to Carry Maternity Clothes; What Message Does that Send?

This story was originally onAdvocates for Youth’s Birds and Bees Blog.  

A few weeks ago a friend posted an update on Facebook about how horrified she was to find that Forever 21, a chain of stores that carries inexpensive, trendy clothing aimed at teens and tweens was now carrying maternity clothes. I laughed. I have never actually shopped at Forever 21, I don’t think I’m young or trendy enough to wear their clothes and in all honesty, I don’t think I’m thin enough to look good in them. So it struck me as funny that right now—in my third trimester of pregnancy, at my very largest—might be the best time for me start dressing like those half my age. On a very practical level, it’s hard to find maternity clothes that look halfway decent and don’t cost a fortune and I’ve already tapped out Target and Old Navy, so one more shopping option sounded good to me.

Then I started thinking about it a little more. A trendy store making clothing for pregnant women (as Target, Old Navy, and H&M have already done) sends a message that you don’t have to give up fashion for 10 months of your life. My sister (who, though older, is far hipper than me and does shop at Forever 21) has said that she’s jealous of the options I have now; 13 years ago when she was pregnant with my nephew, there were no stylish maternity clothes. Today, she could keep wearing her favorite Seven for All Mankind jeans. But neither I nor my sister are Forever 21’s target audience. In fact her daughter (at 11) and even mine (at four) are closer to its demographic than we are. One can imagine that when the marketing person pitched the new line to the higher ups, the discussion had more to do with an untapped market of pregnant teens than it did with 30-somethings who wanted to look fashionable even while huge. (In a posting on’s  broadsheet, Sara Libby points out that the line is premiering in five states, three of which also have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.)

So, should a store that is marketing to teens and tweens really be selling maternity clothes?   Does it fill a legitimate need or does it send the message that “it’s okay for you, our young shopper, to be pregnant?”  And is that, in and of itself, a problem.  There are some tricky issues here for both educators and parents.

When Forever 21 and stores like Old Navy, Torrid, and H&M started plus-size lines that were appropriate for teenagers, I applauded. People come in all shapes and sizes and it was unfair that the latest fashion and nicest styles seemed reserved for the size-four set.  While we want to make sure that all young people are healthy, we need to acknowledge that some of them will wear a 14 or above, and I was pleased that those teens, who often face criticism because of their size, had appealing clothing options.  I never once worried that the availability of plus-sized clothing would in any way lead to obesity or accused these stores of encouraging unhealthy eating or discouraging  physical fitness.  They were simply acknowledging the reality of teens’ bodies.  

The same argument could be made for Forever 21’s new line of maternity clothes.  There are upwards of 400,000 teens who give birth each year; these young people will need things to wear for the better part of a year.  Maybe making the clothes and marketing to them is just filling a need and as such makes good business and social sense.  We have come a long way from the days of scarlet letters and sending pregnant teens to their “aunt’s house in the country” as soon as they started to show, and I think most would agree that this is a good thing.  

As an educator, I know that one of the challenges of preventing teen pregnancy is to be able to do so without stigmatizing those teens who do become parents.  I have often criticized strict abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula for suggesting that by getting pregnant these women (because most messages of purity are aimed at women) have clearly done something wrong and lack the morals and integrity of their peers who have remained chaste.   The same challenge goes for me in talking to my own kids.  I’m sure they will meet the children of teen parents and may very well have friends who become parents at a young age, and I don’t want them to judge these people for it.  It is possible that a line of trendy clothes can help alleviate the stigma and judgment that surrounds teen childbearing.

That said, as both an educator and a parent, I want my children to know that teen parenting is extremely difficult. Teen parents are less likely to finish school and they and their children are more likely to live in poverty.  Moreover, the children of teen parents are more likely to have health issues, education issues, and behavioral issues.   The unfortunate truth is that statistic after statistic shows that teen parents have a much harder road ahead of them than those that waited until they were older (which often also means better educated and more financially secure).  

These truths, however, have to compete with the seemingly glamorous pregnancies of Bristol Palin, Jamie Lynn Spears, and other young women in the spotlight.  These young women got a great deal of (often positive) attention for accidentally becoming pregnant and even more for how they are handling being mothers.  Bristol Palin – who none of us would likely remember had she not been scandalously pregnant while her mother ran for Vice President –  is making a career out of discussing her teen parenthood to the tune of $30,000 per speaking engagement and a possible reality television show.  

We can’t blame Forever 21 for causing teen pregnancy any more than we can blame Bristol or Jamie Lynn, however, it does seem possible that together they are giving off the wrong messages.  The National Survey of Family Growth, recently found that 14% of females and 18% of males ages 15–19  would be “a little pleased” or “very pleased” if they got (a partner) pregnant.  That scares me. And it suggests to me that as parents, we have a lot of work to do on this subject.  

We have to tell our kids (nicely, so as not to offend them of course) how difficult it really is to be a parent.  There is no room to be selfish once you become a parent (and though I’m sure I will regret saying this in 12 years, 16 year olds should still be able to be a little selfish sometimes).  When I tell my daughter this, I might point to this very Monday when I was looking forward to taking a sick day, lying in bed by myself, sleeping, and watching HGTV in an effort to get rid of this horrid summer cold that she so nicely passed on to me. That sick day plan, however, was shattered at 2 am, when she came into my room crying because of a fever and what turned out to be a double ear infection. My upcoming day was no longer about taking care of a myself, it was about the pediatrician, the pharmacy, and making sure she felt better.  And when I tell my other daughter about this (the one who has not been born yet), I may find it necessary to point out just how many days I have spent nauseated and exhausted in the last 32 weeks (basically all of them).  I will do this in much the same way my mother continues to point out the 6 weeks she spent on bed rest entertaining my then 2 ½ year old sister, all in the effort to keep me in until I was more fully cooked.  I don’t want apologies from either of them; I became their parent willingly and I love it.  I just want them to know what they are getting into and plan it carefully and realistically (because once you are a parent whether you are 19 or 39, you are a parent for the rest of your life).  

So like everything else (sorry to be a broken record), I suggest we use this new line of clothing as an  opportunity to find out what our kids are hearing on a subject, help them think through issues critically, and ultimately pass on our own values.  In a few years, when my four year old becomes a tween (she’s already started rolling her eyes and calling me mom in such a way that it has more than one syllable) and discovers a cute maternity dress at her favorite store, I will start a conversation about who the dress was made for and what she thinks about marketing clothes to pregnant teens.  I am already curious to see what she’ll think.  And after that, I will tell her what I think about the whole issue, remind her how hard parenting is even when you are established in your career, your finances, and your relationship,  and then gently (or not so gently) suggest that, if you ask me, she shouldn’t become a parent until she’s at least 30.  


Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

New Hampshire was ranked the healthiest state for children, although the ranking did not include an increase in poverty rates due to the recession, according to a report covered by the Associated Press. Minnesota and Vermont ranked No. 2 and No. 3 respectively on the list.

On the other end of the spectrum, the same foundation that issued the report, found that Texas has the third-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The New York office of the commissioner of investigation for city schools has recommended that high school history teacher Nathan Turner be banned from teaching in the public schools for taking students to Cuba in 2007, according to the New York Daily News. The students were detained in the Bahamas for the unauthorized trip, although their parents allowed them to go.

Struggling cities in the United States are offering free land to encourage people to settle there and pay taxes, according to MSN Money.

The Chicago Tribune ran an article on how technology is cutting into teenagers’ precious sleep.

PBS Kids will air a science special that features the Cat in the Hat on Labor Day, September 6. The show will air at 8 a.m. You can view a clip at Facebook.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Saturday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

This upcoming week is our last week of school. My friend Amy and I got together and planned our boys’ summers together. For the most part, they will be with our nanny and Eli going to the park and hanging out at home. But they will also go a few weeks to Berkeley day camp and a science camp for another week. At the end of the summer, my kids and I will go see my folks in New Hampshire. What do you have planned this summer?

Momologie ran a timely story on what to give teachers as going away presents.

McDonald’s recalled about 12 million Shrek drinking glasses because federal regulators found that they contained the toxic metal cadmium, according to the Chicago Breaking News Center.

The Associated Press had a worrisome story on how more teenagers are using the rhythm method for birth control than in 2002, and about three-quarters of teens think it is okay for unmarried girls to have babies.

The Wall Street Journal wrote about the nightmare that is tackling the “system,” er the insurance companies, when you have cancer.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced a program in which its workers can receive college credit for their in-store training and get a tuition discount toward a college degree at American Public University, an online school, according to the Associated Press.

Hybrid Mom ran good food for thought in “Working Moms Share 25 Hard-Earned Lessons.”

The National Spelling Bee competition is underway, according to USA Today.

As I mentioned last week, we have fish, and I feel like I am reading fish stories everywhere I turn. The most recent one? As it turns out, less attractive male fish have better sperm quality, according to a study covered by BBC News.

The New York Times ran a trend story about people refusing to pay their mortgages, and the banks are unable to kick them out due to lawsuits and a backlog of foreclosures.

Men with average bodies are just as appealing to women as men with six-packs, according to an Australian study covered by The Times of India.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Lifetime’s “The Pregnancy Pact”: Some Misses But a Win Overall

This article was originally published on Advocates for Youth’s Birds and Bees Blog.  

Lifetime movies have always held a special place in my heart.  I remember watching Blood Vows: Story of a Mafia Wife starring a post-Little House Melissa Gilbert and a really cute Joe Penny with my sister when we were in high school, and it remains one of my favorite (admittedly bad ) movies to this day.  In fact, the concept of the Lifetime movie made it into my wedding vows when my husband promised to watch them without making fun in exchange for me reading his favorite comic books.   Still, I am always a little wary when Lifetime tackles subjects of sexuality; for one thing it takes the movie out of the realm of silly fantasy and makes it part of my job, and for another, television rarely handles these sensitive subjects well.

So I was both excited and a little nervous this weekend when I sat down to watch The Pregnancy Pact, a fictionalized account of events that took place two years ago in Gloucester, Massachusetts where a spike in teen pregnancy was attributed to a pact between girls to get pregnant and raise their children together. National media swarmed the story, and, while much attention was to the pact, it was never proven or disproven.

The movie follows the story of six high school girls.  Rose becomes pregnant first, possibly accidentally, and then suggests that her friends join her in this experience and one by one they do.  Each girl has a different home life; Rose lives with her gruff, chain-smoking grandmother; Carissa’s mother, a teen mom herself who is having trouble making ends meet is horrified at the concept of becoming a grandmother at 31; Iris’s mom is never seen but described as an absentee alcoholic; and Sarah’s parents, the most stable and loving of the bunch, are an out-of-work fisherman and his wife who runs a fish restaurant and is the president of the local Family Values Coalition.   Another major character is Sydney Bloom, a twenty-something reporter for a teen website who returns to her former hometown to try to understand the spike in teen pregnancy and ends up befriended and guiding the teens.  Throughout the movie, Sydney often serves as the voice of reason.

Despite my fears, the movie actually handled its subject matter in a relatively delicate and even-handed way, and it did touch on many of the issues surrounding teen pregnancy in this country.   Early in the movie, the school nurse, having handed out over 150 pregnancy tests and counted 18 positive results, approaches the principal and the school board asking for permission to distribute condoms and other contraceptives to students.  She is met with opposition from Sarah’s mother who argues that the school must promote an abstinence-until-marriage message and handing out condoms is like telling students not to drink but providing beer on the weekends.  The nurse counters by saying that, clearly, if there are 18 girls who are pregnant and 150 who think they might be, teens are not practicing abstinence and adults must be realistic. Still, the board denies her request.

Condoms come up again when, before a party, a young friend of the pregnant girls admits she’s  too embarrassed to buy them.  Sydney takes her into the convenience store and helps her make the purchase with the lesson that a few moments of embarrassment is certainly better than a pregnancy.  Still, condoms and other forms of birth control are ultimately not the most important issue in this movie because these girls did not get pregnant by accident.  These pregnancies were planned.

The movie goes out of its way to point out that these girls have no real idea what it is like to raise a child.  They dream mostly of someone who will love them unconditionally.  In one scene the girls discuss how their kids are going to be best friends too.  Iris explains in  a tone of obvious naiveté:  “We’re going to dress them up in matching  outfits, we’ll take them to the park together, I’m going to cook them dinner every night, and we’ll never yell at them.“  Rose compares herself to Jaime Lynn Spears, the teen television star who got pregnant at 16.  Jaime Lynn Spears of course has money and help whereas at the end of the movie we see Rose in a deep post-partum depression having no luck calming a screaming infant while her grandmother and boyfriend recline on the couch and drink beer.

What made me most pleased about the movie was that it addressed the issue that no one seemed to want to talk about when the real events happened.  Whether or not the girls made a pact is far less important than why any of these young women thought that getting pregnant at 15 was a good idea.  Sarah’s story portrays this point well.  She is happily in love with the star baseball player who talks of marrying her after he goes off to play college ball. Sarah, however, wants nothing more than to stay in Gloucester, work at her parents’ restaurant, marry Jesse, and raise a family.   And, clearly, she fears that if she waits until he goes off to college she may lose her shot at that dream.  

Though her motives are slightly more complicated—she is essentially trying to trap her boyfriend into staying with her—the movie does poke around the edges of her lack of ambition.  Both Sydney and her own mother question why Sarah envisions nothing more for herself and has no intentions of going to college or a starting a career.  Research has shown that ambition and  hope for the future are motivators that help young people prevent both pregnancy and STDs, including HIV.   By the end of the movie, a reluctant school administrator has realized that he needs to do more for his students and suggests not just sexuality education but a class in life skills and job training.

So, in the end, I think Lifetime came through this time.  Don’t get me wrong, this was neither a feet of cinematic greatness nor was it exactly educational but it was timely (new data this week show teen pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates are all heading up after over a decade of decline) and it touched on important issues, albeit in broad strokes.  Even so it could be helpful to parents, whether you use the movie itself as a discussion starter or you just use the issues it brings up.  

Obviously, you should talk to your kids about abstinence and birth control; let them know what your family values are when it comes to sex and also give them or help them find information about how to protect themselves if they do become sexually active.  But beyond that it is also important to talk to them about their hopes and dreams for the future and what you see and wish for them.   And, of course—without making them feel too guilty— it is important to let them know how all-consuming parenthood really is.

On a closing note, there is one scene in the movie that touched me (in exactly the way the writers had hoped it would I presume).  After losing her boyfriend and drinking herself into a coma despite the fact that she is pregnant, Sarah and her mom have a bedside chat. Sarah says that there were times she wanted to talk to her  mom about her relationship with Jesse but she knew how important abstinence was to her mom and didn’t want to be a disappointment.  Her mom admits that she and Sarah’s father didn’t actually wait until marriage to have sex (they “slipped“ a few times). The admission is somewhat out of character and not at all necessary to the scene.   What’s important is that Sarah wanted to talk to her mother but felt her mom was unapproachable.  Now, I realize this is fiction and such a blunt admission from a 15 year old is rare, but I think the sentiment is common.  A lot of kid do want to talk to parents but fear judgment and even punishment.  The most important thing we can be as parents is approachable.  If we are someone that our kids can talk to whether it’s about their friends, their school work, or their love life, we are far more likely to have an impact.


Prime Time Show Tackles Tough Issues and Raises Questions for Parents

This article was originally published on Advocates for Youth’s Birds and Bees Blog.  

A few weeks ago the television show Private Practice,  a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy that is so heavy on the soap opera aspect and light on the medicine that it can barely be called a medical drama, began a story line where the teenage daughter of two of the main characters started getting into trouble.   In one episode her mother comes home early to find Maya fooling around on the couch with a boy, even though they were both supposed to be in school at that moment.  Her mother exploded at her for the kissing part, told her she was going to kill her, and shipped her off to live with her father.   I was distressed that teen sex was the enemy,  when clearly the real problem in that moment was that they were cutting school.

So, two weeks later when it was revealed that Maya was pregnant, I was quite concerned about how the show’s writers were going to handle this plotline.  As I mentioned in my Pregnancy Pact blog, television doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to sexuality issues.  

I was almost pleasantly surprised by the outcome. The writers made the bold decision to focus the episode on abortion and whether this 15-year-old should terminate her pregnancy.  The show has actually discussed abortion before;  regular viewers know that Maya’s mother, Naomi, who is a fertility doctor, is opposed to abortion for religious reasons and that two other main characters, Addison and Violet, have had abortions.

As the drama unfolds, Naomi throws her own convictions away, decides her daughter should have an abortion, and essentially makes the decision for her.  Though she agrees to have the abortion, Maya is clearly not sure what she really wants and there is a nice scene between her and Addison, who is both her mother’s best friend and the gynecologist performing the procedure, in which they discuss some of the finer points of the debate.   Maya says that she has been taught by her mother that life begins at conception and that abortion is wrong and asks what Addison thinks.  Addison explains that many people agree with Naomi but that others like her believe that life does not begin until the baby can live outside of its mother’s body.  She goes on to say that the most important thing is that this is a choice and that many women have fought long and hard to make sure that it’s Maya’s choice and nobody else’s.  The scene is cut short, but we learn later that Maya decided not to have the procedure.

While many TV shows and movies have touched on teen pregnancy of late, few of them have been brave enough to tackle this very polarizing issue.  And even fewer let their main characters have strong opinions.

In truth, though, this episode was as much about parenting as it was about abortion.  The real main character of the episode was Naomi who,  I think all viewers will agree, dealt poorly with the news of her daughter’s pregnancy.  Upon hearing it,  she announced that she couldn’t handle this and marched out the room.  She later returned to order her daughter to have the abortion despite her belief that she will be going to Hell for having done so.   While it was interesting to watch her struggle with her own moral dilemma, it was sad to watch her be so harsh and unsupportive of her daughter who seemed in desperate need of her mommy.  She literally turns her back on her child in scene after scene.  After Maya decided not to have the abortion, Naomi pulled her into one quick and curt hug and then walked away yet again.

As the mother of a daughter, the episode forced me to think about what I would do if, despite my best efforts,  my own child came home pregnant at 15, 16, 17, or even 20.  I know, based on my  values and what I would have done in a similar situation,  what I would want for her.  Still, even at 15 she will be her own person with rights to her body.  

Obviously, as parents our first priority is helping to keep our kids safe and that includes helping them prevent unintended pregnancy.  We have to talk to them about our values when it comes to sex as teens. And, we have to arm them with the information they need about birth control for when they do become sexually active.   It would have been good, for example, if Naomi had taken the couch incident  as a teachable moment in which she acknowledged that fooling around with a boy is a perfectly normal thing to want to do and discussed the positives and negatives of sexual behavior for teens and the importance of protection  (before punishing her for the obvious transgression of cutting school, of course).

Still, as parents we do have to prepare for the what ifs.  And, it can be helpful to think about these ahead of time, before being faced with that moment in which anger, disappointment, and fear might very well eclipse rationality.  What would you want for your daughter?  How would you explain it to her?  What would you do if she disagreed?  We can’t ever really be prepared for something with this much potential to be life-changing, but, thinking about it ahead of time certainly can’t hurt.  

Last night, my daughter (who by the way is only 3 ½) told me that mommies were for three things:  when things are ouchy, to give you candy, and when things are scary.  An unintended pregnancy is certainly scary and I would hope that in that moment above all I could still be the mommy she needed.  


Wednesday Open Thread

What’s up?

President Obama’s State of the Union Address is slated to air tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Feel free to use this open thread for the occasion.

The Washington Post had some disturbing health news. One is that girls are three to eight times as likely as boys to tear their knee joints’ anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs). The other is that one in five U.S. teenagers has a cholesterol level that increases the risk of heart disease.

In spite of a push for abstinence-only education and more Christian values, abortions and teen pregnancies were up in 2006 under President George W. Bush, according to USA Today. This represented a reversal from the 1990s when both teen pregnancy and abortions declined under President Bill Clinton.

Okay, I am going to see Avatar. My husband cannot stop raving about it and now I am reading in Variety magazine that it is the highest grossing movie of all time. Did you see it? What did you think?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Attention Bay Area moms: RachelD, Swiss Clogs and I are planning a MotherTalkers meetup in San Francisco’s Castro district for either Monday (12/14), Tuesday (12/15) or Wednesday (12/16). This would be in the evening for dinner. Please let me know either here or via e-mail — elisa at mothertalkers dot com — whether you can make it and what date works best for you. Thanks!

Also, one more question: Do any of you plan to come to the San Francisco Kossacks holiday party? It is this Sunday at a farm in Sebastopol. There will be a bouncy house for the kids.

Jezebel ran a fascinating story — and discussion — on a Texas teenager who was forced off the volleyball team because she is pregnant. The video clip on the site is worth watching!

An Italian court is expected to rule on the case of 22-year-old Amanda Knox, an American accused of murdering her British roommate in college, according to Newsweek. The ruling is expected as early as today.

Wal-Mart has cut prices to popular video games by 15 and 20 percent, which caused shares of the video game chain GameStop to tank, according to MSN Money. Also in MSN Money: AMC Theaters officially banned outside food and drinks.

Thank God Twitter wasn’t around when I got married. A groom in New York actually tweeted from the altar, according to the New York Daily News.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Weekly Parenting News Roundup

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

Good morning fellow moms, dads and caregivers!

I hope you are well this morning. I am enjoying my new car — a red Mazda 5. Thank you to those of you who suggested it! It offers more space than our previous car, a Suburu WRX sportswagon, but it is still small enough to parallel-park in the city. It doesn’t have enough power for my husband, but in terms of its size and practical use, it is the perfect vehicle for me and the kiddos. In other news from MotherTalkers:

Our Gloria wrote a funny rant about the hypocrisy that is Carrie Prejean. Speaking of, did anyone catch her walking out on Larry King?

This Associated Press story was eye-opening. It is about outrage in France over a father who plans to record and broadcast over the Internet the daily life of his adult daughter who has severe cerebral palsy.

Salon had a story on some of the creepy aspects of child beauty pageants. I did not know this, but beauty queens as young as 6 and 7 will wear fake teeth to mask their baby teeth. Also, the girl in the article looked just like Barbie. What do you all think of children in beauty pageants?

The Washington Post had a depressing article on how three-quarters of our adolescents are too fat or poorly educated to serve in the U.S. military.

We had a long and thoughtful discussion on the terms “childless” and “child-free.” Both these terms are often floated around the blogosphere to refer — more like pit — parents against non-parents. I have no need for that, but wondered how I should refer to people without kids. I don’t like either term because I feel like they are antiquated or loaded or both. What do you think?

Our Katie, who is a lesbian mom living in New Hampshire, wrote a beautiful letter to the people of her native Maine who recently voted against a gay marriage law.

Teen Vogue recently received an earful from parents for featuring a pregnant 19-year-old model on its cover and not discussing teen pregnancy, in general, in its article, according to the Associated Press.

In case you missed it, Maclaren has recalled a million umbrella strollers because 12 children’s fingers were amputated in the hinges.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?