Gimme 5: News Stories That Parents Need to Know (and Probably Missed)

We realize you have a million things going on, so here’s a quick roundup of the latest news stories that all parents should know about. This week, the right to vote prevents kids from going to school, doctors set new screen time rules for kids, and bed sharing trends shift among new moms. Scroll down to get the gist!

More New Mothers Are Sharing Beds with Their Newborns


Several studies have found that bed sharing in the U.S. is becoming more popular. Bed sharing has been an area of controversy because some parents insist, contrary to the evidence, that it’s safer than having an infant sleeping on a separate surface. Other parents feel they simply cannot get sleep without bed sharing. (NPR)

US Schools Cancel Classes on Election Day

With a known history of violence associated with events in the current presidential race, it’s no surprise that schools are concerned about politically active adults visiting schools to put in their votes. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day.. causing a lot of inconvenience for working parents. (SFGate)

Doctors Set New Screen Time Rules for Kids

Today, in a world surrounded by digital media 24/7, defining screen time is difficult. Pediatrics now recommend that for children 2 to 5 years of age, screen time should be limited to one hour per day. For kids ages 6 and older, parents can determine the restrictions for time spent using screen, as well as monitor the types of digital media their children use. Infants aged 18 months and younger should not be exposed to any digital media. (CNN)

NYC Pays Exiled Teachers to Snooze in ‘Rubber Rooms’

nypostSeveral teachers on the NYC payroll facing various accusations have been benched for up to five years due to a slow-moving bureaucratic system. While the city promised to keep removed educators busy, some exiles say they only occasionally oblige requests to do menial tasks like stuffing folders or making copies. Others refuse to do such work, calling it “demeaning.” (NYPost, image courtesy of NYPost)

The Movement for Kids to Have the Right to Vote

Because so many of the policies on the ballot impact children, some believe that children as old as 13 should have the right to vote. Most adult Americans might laugh at the idea of a 13-year-old walking into a polling booth. But many Americans laughed at the idea of women voting before women’s suffrage. Young people might just vote the way their parents tell them to — but traditionally, the party of your parents has always been the strongest indicator of your voting habits. “Giving young people the vote isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also the best way to ensure our democratic future is strong.” (Washington Post)


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