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Will Your Kids Be Better Off Than You? Polls Shows African-Americans Particulary Optimistic

A new poll shows African-American parents are optimistic their children will be better off than they are. Credit: Getty Your grandparents were poor, but they worked hard so their children and their children's children could have...African-Americans upbeat about the future, but why all the long faces among conservatives?

My Family Is Broke, but Not Broken

Fairy Godmother, where are you? Illustration by Dori Hartley My daughters and I make our way down the Walmart frozen food and cereal aisle. I cast furtive glances around me, hoping not to see anyone we know from the girls' school. I...This mom might not have much money, but that doesn't mean she isn't rich in family.

African-American Children Face Bleak Reality but They Remain Optimistic, Report Says

A new report from the Children's Defense Fund finds African-American children pay a price because of their skin color. Credit: Corbis People see the first African-American president in the Oval Office and talk of a "post-racial...Higher crime rates and debilitating economic conditions paint a bleak picture for African-American young people.

Hard Times Can Make Kids Sick

Food insecurity can cause long-term health problems. Credit: Spencer Platt, Getty Images Squeezed by salary cutbacks, job loss and the belt tightening of the recession, parents now can add a new stressor to keep them tossing and...Being poor for even a short period of time can have lasting health implications for children, according to a new study.

Real-Life Baby Mamas Poor, Unwed, but Not Going It Alone, Study Says

In the movie "Baby Mama," Tina Fey plays a single woman who drafts a South Philly working girl, played by Amy Poehler, to be a surrogate. Real-life baby mamas don't have it so easy. Credit: Karunpillai/Universal
Baby mamas, you've come a long...
One-fourth of new moms in the United States live in poverty. But, among unmarried moms, one-third are living with someone else and not raising their children alone, according to the most recent Census figures.

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Compassion

Craig Kielburger became famous when, at only twelve years old, he founded a charitable organization to fight child exploitation called Free the Children. Since its humble beginnings in the Kielburger family home in 1995, Free the Children has...

New Study Finds Rich Moms Have Boys, Poor Moms Have Girls

Poverty may play a role in a baby's gender. Image: Richard Dunstan, sxc.hu
Ever feel like a baby's gender is just a matter of the universe flipping a giant coin? Think again: Various studies have found that gender might be dictated by...

How To Raise Your Kid's I.Q.

In the early 1900's, when French psychologist Alfred Binet created the first test to measure intelligence in children, he warned that the resulting I.Q. scores shouldn't be considered the definitive marker of a child's potential. He insisted that...

Poor Parents Get Cash for Library Cards, Medical Check-ups

A New York City program that pays parents for getting their kids a library card, taking them to school or to a medical check-up has paid out more than $7.6 billion so far. The program has been in place since September 2007, and is completely...

Educated parents have smarter kids

A new study of 15,000 British families indicates that delaying parenthood to pursue higher education and a career may decrease the chances of having children with health and learning issues, while the offspring of young, poverty-stricken moms are...

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As a parent, you are your child's first teacher. You teach them about love, compassion, and trust. You offer them experiences that open up their world. You help them learn to walk, model how to talk, and give them a strong base for their future...

Politician suggests sterilization for poor women

Louisiana State Representative John LaBruzzo is concerned about the future. He's worried for the poor of his state who cannot afford the children they apparently keep having and about the quality of future generations made up of the children of the...

Hanson babies just keep coming

Just last month, eldest Hanson brother Isaac and his wife Nikki had their second child, a son named James Monroe. That brought the total number Hanson babies to six, but not for long. Middle Hanson Taylor, 25, and his wife Natalie, 24, have announced...

Principal asks teachers to dumb down classes

Does economic background influence ability? That is, are poor kids able to accomplish less than their more well-to-do peers? A quick comparison of Einstein and President Bush would seem to indicate not, but one principal in New York has been accused...

Parents prefer teachers who make their children happy

If you could choose your child's school teacher, what would you consider more important - the ability to make your child happy or the ability to help your child achieve more academically? According to a new study by the University of Michigan, the...

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