In May, female inmates at the Harris County Jail spent four hours a day, five days a week learning how to use programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the basics of web design. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia partnered with The Mexican Institute of Greater Houston to offer inmates ... More >>
Let's get this out of the way at the front. The study -- the one I'm about to delineate -- does not mean that there is a causal relationship between Republican presidents and infant mortality. It means that after the authors controlled for certain relevant variables -- e.g., education attainment, ... More >>
There is perpetual talk of parenting and its effect on children, and, of course, society as a whole. Conservatives talk of family values, liberals talk of funding more social programs. Well, three researchers have some tough words for both sides. Here is the heart of their argument: Conservatives ... More >>
My daughter has been going to the same daycare since she was just six weeks old, and her teacher is as much a part of my family as many extended members are. The Kid With One F loves going there, and I usually overshare ample pictoral evidence online of how much I appreciate the service rendered to ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I ALLOW MY 8-YEAR OLD TO DRINK ALCOHOL I hosted dinner at my house to celebrate my 8-year ol ... More >>
Figuring that the pen is mightier than the, uh, firearm, the National Rifle Association's legislative director has sent an open letter to the U.S. Senate, stating the association's stance against a Senate bill that would regulate private gun transfers and expand background checks. Senate Bill 649, ... More >>
As we noted yesterday, State Rep Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) smacked open a hornet's nest of angry breastfeeding moms when she posted on Facebook her reasons for opposing a bill increasing breastfeeders rights. Riddle said the bill would make it easier to sue business owners who interrupted women bre ... More >>
You don't mess with moms. Especially if it's about breastfeeding. The Texas legislature is once again taking up the ticklish subject of whether moms should be able to breastfeed in public. Representatives like Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) are backing a bill that would allow business owners to be sued ... More >>
As new mothers know, infants are not the most patient people when it comes to getting fed. If they get hungry, and you're a breastfeeding mom who hasn't brought along a bottle of your best, then it's time to whip out a breast. In Texas, if you happen to do that in the establishment of someone who ... More >>
If you're a mom looking for a novel way to lose custody of your kids, Casey Olford of Lufkin has allegedly come up with your solution: Smear your menstrual blood on your child's chin, then smear some more on a knife, hold that knife to your child's throat, text the pic to your baby-daddy, and, prest ... More >>
One of the strangest custody cases in memory has been resolved in favor of a biological mother of twins, whose father had argued that the woman was simply a surrogate and had no parental rights. Marvin McMurrey III had argued that his gal-pal Cindy Close was not genetically related to the twins sh ... More >>
When Cindy Close gave birth to twins last July, she thought she had finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a mother. The 47-year-old had gone about it in an unconventional way, she says, by using a friend's sperm and anonymous donor's eggs, with the ultimate goal of co-parenting the kid(s) wit ... More >>
DID YOU HEAR?!?!?!? KPRC anchorwoman Dominique Sachse got married!!!!!! OMG!!!!! In case you missed the Channel 2 ads, Sachse was one of -- if not the -- hardest-working single moms out there. That's a remark which, if we were churlish, we would find incredibly insulting to all the single moms in ... More >>
Not connected to pregnancy.U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes is likely about to become the butt of Internet merriment with the news of a recent decision. He'll also be pissing off breast-feeding moms, and that is one group you do not want to cross, as many companies and entities have discovere ... More >>
Texas is a breeding ground.Houston's Children at Risk has published a new study of teen pregnancy that highlights two findings: California does a much better job at preventing it than abstinence-crazy Texas, and 80 percent of Harris County parents support sex education that starts by middle ... More >>
And they may just live in Houston.The Atlantic's blog has crunched some numbers from a recent gay survey and census data, and it's found that when it comes to raising kids, Houston's same-sex couples are near the tops in the nation. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had the seventh-highest ... More >>
Jolanda Jones says never talk to HPD
Texas A&MJoan Wolf asks if the breast is bestEver since First Lady Michelle Obama talked about removing barriers for breastfeeding mothers last week, we've been thinking more than usual about boobs. Maybe that's why we were interested to read about a Texas A&M researcher's new book, Is Breas ... More >>
You're kid won't turn out like this.The list of the top 100 baby names of 2010 is out and it is filled with many names you would expect. There are Biblical names like John and Luke and James. There are pop culture names like Bella and Zachary. There are even names that help you to rhyme your ... More >>
At least someone appreciates a leaky boobWe think Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said it best: "NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A LEAKY BOOB!!!!" Facebook has learned that harsh lesson. Houston blogger/tweeter/Facebooker Jessica Martin-Weber, the founder of the Web site theleakyboob.com, ap ... More >>
Poodles not relevant to new booster-seat lawThe Great Booster Seat Crackdown 2010 is in full swing, as the state law requiring boosters for any kid up to the age of 8 under 4-foot-9 to be boosterized, front seat or back, went into effect yesterday.Getting a third-grader to sit in a booster seat i ... More >>
Get a Head Start, even if you're keeping a poor kid outThe problem with the Head Start program is that it's always been an exclusive, good-ole-boy club where only poor and disenfranchised kids can matriculate. The doors are flung wide open to ragamuffins, only to be slammed shut in the faces of e ... More >>
Teaching kids the beauty of dry pasta and Elmers
For the second time in a week, Houston's Continental Airlines has admitted they sent an unaccompanied minor passenger to the wrong destination.One 10-year-old girl who was trying to get from Boston to Cleveland ended up in Newark. (The only time ending up in Newark is "not so bad" is when you were i ... More >>
Spending time with your kids might be priceless, but the book costs $14.95
Christopher Durangs dark and funny play makes a splash
A 29-year-old woman who lived at the FLDS ranch at the time of the CPS raid spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Houston earlier today. The woman spoke briefly and wouldn't reveal her name, but her attorney said she wanted the crowd to understand that the FLDS mothers were quite normal. "I chose ... More >>
Introduce your kids to a new holiday tradition
Did you know J. Lo is pregnant? Because she totally is! Because in case you were wondering, will J. Lo ever get pregnant? You can totally stop wondering. Because she is! I know what you’re thinking. `Cuz it’s what I’m thinking. I’m thinking: Thank you, Jesus, for making J. Lo pregnant ... More >>
Or do you like green eggs and ham with a string section?
A kids' throwback hobby thrives
Why does it bother people when toddlers still breast-feed? Could it be about sex?
She gave up her infant son to two strangers who became her friends. Now, more than two years later, she's still in his life, visiting regularly. In an open adoption, they're all doing their best for Ryan.
Beware of Dog (So So Def/Columbia)
Joe's Crab Shack
To Penny Warner, home is where the work and children are
Angela took a hit. And CPS took her babies away.
Another day care plans to close in the Texas Medical Center
How Hermann Hospital and the Texas Medical Center left employees' kids high and dry
With the "No Future" generation deciding to breed, are we headed for anarchy in the pre-K?