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Laura Ling, Swimming Lessons for Babies, and More

The AAP just released a statement saying that swimming lessons are safe for kids under four. If you’re thinking of taking your tot, Parents Ask has some comprehensive advice on swimming lessons for babies and toddlers from Elizabeth Pantley.

And the winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is …. eight grader Anamika Veeramani of Ohio, who correctly spelled the word stromuhr. Veeramani took home the first place trophy, as well as $40,000 in cash and prizes. — Jezebel

Women often put off pregnancy to focus on their career, but if they wait too long they can run into fertility problems. Should companies, then, offer fertility treatment or adoption assistance? — LilSugar

The decision to place a child with special needs in residential care has to be an excruciating one. At Motherlode, an anonymous guest post by cms8741 describes how much harder that decision can be when one parent thinks it’s the right choice and the other one doesn’t. Can a marriage survive a disagreement like that one?

Laura Ling welcomed a daughter last week and named her Li Jefferson, Li for her sister Lisa and Jefferson for Bill (Jefferson) Clinton. Former President Clinton traveled to North Korea to speak with Kim Jong II, ultimately negotiating the release of Ling and her sister. — The Stir

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