Top Parenting News and Scandals of June, 2011Bethany Hardy
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June 3, 2011: Boy sells kidney ... for an iPad 2
Theres a ... kidney for that. A teenage boy in China sells his kidney — literally — in order to afford Apples latest gadget. The boy traveled miles from home to undergo the operation, made $3,400, and came back with an iPad 2 and an iPhone. Suspicious, his mom got him to fess up and then reported the incident to the authorities. The hospital denied culpability, and the kidney-selling agent who oversaw the procedure was — surprise! — nowhere to be found.
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June 5, 2011: Mom and kids do meth at a family reunion, daughter dies
The family that does illicit drugs together ... A 34-year-old Wisconsin mother is behind bars for the meth-related death of her 15-year-old daughter. At a family reunion, Doris Sherrane Rigby smoked meth with her boyfriend, her son, and her daughter Linda, who subsequently died of an overdose. Whats more, the girl lay in the back seat of a car unconscious for hours, and her mother failed to go for help. Rigby, who was initially charged with first-degree murder, now faces 10 years in prison and a 10-year suspended sentence.
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June 7, 2011: Big Bird: Pinko Commie?
Are Big Bird, Elmo, and the rest of the gang sending your kids subliminal political messages? Yes, say conservatives who claim the beloved PBS childrens program promotes liberal ideology. Ben Shapiro, author of Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, takes the shows crimes further to call Sesame Street racist because it caters to black and Hispanic youths who did not have reading literature in the house. Then again, in his book Shapiro also considers the shows gender-neutral language a bad thing, leading Strollerderbys Danielle Sullivan to call the argument so ridiculous its laughable.
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June 10, 2011: Genetically modified cows making human breast milk. Icky or inspiring?
Mooooove over, human moms! Chinese scientists have genetically modified cows to produce the equivalent of human breast milk. The product is claimed to be identical to breast milk in nutrients, antibacterial potency, and benefits to the immune system. Although some pooh-pooh all the hype, Strollerderbys Sienna asks, if its true, whats the downside? Once we get past that ick factor this could be a huge breakthrough. Imagine if every baby had access to breast milk as easily as we get access to cows milk, just by [the parent] popping over to the corner store.
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June 11, 2011: Russell Crowe, denizen of civility, calls circumcision barbaric
Hollywood bad boy Russell Crowe shows his ugly side once again in a Twitter rant about the practice of circumcision. When asked whether his newborn son would undergo the procedure, Crowe denounced it as barbaric and stupid and tweeted: I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies. if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow ... I'll take attentive parenting over barbarism." No pun intended, but ouch!
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June 17, 2011: British Airways refuses to issue ticket to girl with Down syndrome
The skies dont seem so friendly at British Airways, where a ticket agent denies a ticket to a child with Down syndrome because of problems in the past. Strollerderbys Meredith Carroll reports: Alice Saunders was supposed to fly from London to Scotland to visit her aunt, so her mom called the airline to book a ticket as an unaccompanied minor. She also mentioned that Alice has Down syndrome. The customer agents response? We dont take children with Down syndrome. The airline has since apologized, given Alice free tickets, and announced a company-wide disability awareness program.
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June 20, 2011: Mom threatens Little League coach for cutting son from team
In a modern take on the wacky cheerleader mom, a Long Island mother has been arrested after threatening the baseball coach who cut her son from the team. In addition to writing local Little League officials, urging them to fire the coach, Janet Chiauzzi sent letters threatening violence against the coach, his wife, and their 14-year-old daughter [and] even sent a letter to the principal of the coachs daughters school accusing him of molesting his kids. (Needless to say, the allegations were proven false.) Strollerderbys Meredith Carroll notes, She kind of makes those parents who yell insults at other peoples kids on the sidelines look pretty good.
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June 21, 2011: Study: Almost half of 3- to 6-year-old girls think theyre too fat
In light of a Good Morning America interview with a six-year-old Houston girl obsessed with her weight, Strollerderby reports on a 2009 University of Central Florida study in which nearly half of 3- to 6-year-olds report themselves overweight. In addition, the National Eating Disorder Association said that the number of kids under 12 who were hospitalized for eating disorders more than doubled from 2000 to 2006, reports Meredith Carroll. Sure, there are plenty of kids who are actually and seriously overweight, Carroll writes, but she stresses the danger in the pressure to be rail thin like the women we see plastered on billboards and in commercials.
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June 25, 2011: Good news for kids with two mommies (or daddies): New York passes marriage equality law
The Empire State Building lights up in rainbow-hued glory after the New York State Senate passes legislation legalizing gay marriage. While a few other states have passed similar laws, the New York news is seen as a real turning point in the battle for marriage equality. The bill passed in a Republican-led body, notes Strollerderbys Carolyn Castiglia, and lawmakers said it was all of the phone calls and emails they received from constituents that made the difference. Castiglia quotes a friend who underscored the laws biggest impact: So grateful the gay marriage bill passed in time for it to be a normal part of life as our children grow up.
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June 30, 2011: Pass the Pez? Study shows candy may prevent kids from getting fat
Candy is good for kids? Not exactly, notes Strollerderbys Meredith Carroll, but sugary goodies may be linked to avoiding obesity. A study conducted at Louisiana State University found that children who ate candy were 22 percent less likely to be overweight or obese, and adolescents with a sweet tooth were 26 percent less likely to be fat than their non-candy-eating peers. (As if your kids needed another rationalization for diving into those M&Ms!)
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June 30, 2011: Pageant mom bleaches her 5-year-olds teeth
Toddlers, tiaras, and ... teeth whitening? On the heels of last months Botox Mom scandal, stage mom Lori of the TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras admits to bleaching her 5- and 8-year-olds teeth at least once a week, whether we have a pageant or not. As Strollerderbys Sunny Chanel reports, Lori wont let her children wear flippers, a.k.a. fake teeth, because she considers it altering what God gave them. And bleaching their teeth isnt unnatural at all ...
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