Home & Leisure

Billy Schuerman/The Virginian-Pilot/TNS

For Black women in Hampton Roads, barriers to reproductive health care are nothing new

Parents / Mom's Advice /

NORFOLK, Va. — Barbara Harris’ mother was 35 when she was sterilized by the state of Virginia in the 1960s.

“She could have a desire to get married, and have a family with her new husband. But she was not able to do that,” said Harris, a longtime nurse who now is executive treasurer for for Virginia Organizing, an advocacy group. “...Read more

Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Recent exhibit ‘Exploring Black Girlhood: Through the Artist’s Eyes’ shows off the artistry of Black girls — and the progress of a Chicago nonprofit

Parents / Mom's Advice /

CHICAGO -- Savannah Flowers’ imagery of herself shows the myriad emotions and growth that she’s made during her three years in A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute. A black and white photo captures her working on the edges of her hair. Another colorful piece shows Flowers in a green dress crouched down amid green grass, at ...Read more

Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Pakistani Muslim photographer killed in murder-suicide amplifies dialogue about divorce and stigma in the South Asian community

Parents / Mom's Advice /

CHICAGO -- After a 29-year-old Pakistani Muslim woman was shot and killed last month, in an apparent murder-suicide by her soon-to-be ex-husband, her death sparked countless conversations and reflection within the South Asian and Muslim communities about how cultural stigma, particularly surrounding divorce, can unfairly burden women.

Sania ...Read more

JESSICA GRIFFIN/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

A widow lost nearly everything in a fire. Her new community is helping her start over

Parents / Mom's Advice /

Everything Ashley May and her three kids own can fit into a wheelbarrow. Charred and waterlogged, the remnants of their lives were pulled from the ruins of the Colonial-era barn on a farmstead that the family rents in Kimberton, a small, rural town near Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

May, her two sons, and her daughter moved into the property two ...Read more


Would your dad make a good president?

Parents / Mom's Advice /

We don't often talk politics in front of the grands because it's just all too terribly depressing. For us. We're not that concerned about them. They're young and may live long enough to see the nation rally.

But somehow, in a FaceTime call with our son, five grands crowding around the phone's camera and his wife in the background fixing dinner ...Read more


Feeling burned out? This survey for working parents might help

Parents / Mom's Advice /

Working from home while making sure your kids are in their virtual classroom while getting groceries delivered while keeping everyone safe from coronavirus is enough to burn anyone out. Two years of going through this has apparently been too much for many people.

"When COVID-19 came into our lives, we were hopeful that the impact of the ...Read more

Mindy Schauer/Bay Area News Group/Mindy Schauer

Amid formula shortage, California mothers find unlikely source of relief: Breast milk donors

Parents / Mom's Advice /

SAN JOSE, Calif. — By week 20 of her pregnancy, Joy Pileggi knew that her second daughter, Allison, had little chance of surviving past birth.

She had developed Trisomy 18, also known as Edward’s Syndrome, a rare condition with a near-zero long-term survival rate. But knowing what was coming didn’t make Allison’s death any less ...Read more


Melatonin is a popular sleep aid for adults that's on the rise among kids. But is it safe?

Parents / Mom's Advice /

PHILADELPHIA —Rachael Gibbons-Newcome had tried everything to defuse her 5-year-old son's angry outbursts: prizes for good behavior, sticker charts, and calming evening routines.

Out of other options, the family's pediatrician recommended trying melatonin, a dietary supplement that can aid in sleep. Benjamyn — or "Jammers," as his family ...Read more

Lauren Witte/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

From bail bonds to beauty salon, St. Pete woman lifts up community

Parents / Mom's Advice /

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s late afternoon on a Friday and Kenyatta Rucker is sitting on a bench on 21st Street S, talking to a man who’s calling from jail.

She’s three blocks from the house where she grew up. Behind her is a single-story building. It’s painted black, with four lime green doors.

The door to her right leads to a salon...Read more

Lori Borgman: Oh baby, this could be hairy

Parents / Mom's Advice /

Just when you think the headlines can't get any more eye-popping, along comes a story about underarm hair for women making a comeback as a potential tool of empowerment.

There was a brief period when some women in the Flower Child movement grew underarm hair. But that was long ago and today those women are probably more concerned about thinning...Read more

Sarah A. Miller/Idaho Statesman/TNS

Some ‘proactively’ seek options — vasectomies included — as abortion rights fade

Parents / Mom's Advice /

BOISE, Idaho -- Tim Guill, a joint lecturer at Boise State, underwent his first vasectomy at age 33. He was a single father to a young son and said he was confident he did not want more children.

At 36, though, he had his vasectomy reversed.

Now, at 42, he is undergoing the procedure one more time.

“Seeing the writing on the wall with ...Read more


How NYC sets up kids with emotional disabilities for failure: ‘I had more kids in the correctional system than I had graduates’

Parents / Mom's Advice /

NEW YORK -- Emmanuel Otuonye graduated as valedictorian from his Brooklyn high school for students with disabilities but is so disgusted with his education that he couldn’t bring himself to attend the ceremony.

The best student at Sunset Park’s Lillian Rashkis High School reads at what his mom estimates is a fifth-grade level and still ...Read more

Victor Hilitski/Chicago Tribune/TNS

District has restricted parents’ access to their kids’ schools. But there’s no policy and no formal way to appeal

Parents / Mom's Advice /

CHICAGO -- Chicago student Jordan Garcia had an especially tough school year, his mother said.

Jennifer Baez said Jordan had been slapped, pushed and taunted by a classmate since the first week of fifth grade. Baez said her husband frequently spoke with school staff members, but the student continued to target her son. So when her husband told ...Read more

Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Andrew Appel beat cancer. Now the orthodontist wants to help young cancer survivors get their smiles back

Parents / Mom's Advice /

PHILADELPHIA — Jason Stock is only 13, but he's no pushover.

Diagnosed with leukemia at age 7, he amazed his family with his spirit and strength going through grueling treatment. When his cancer went into remission about three years ago, Jason grabbed onto life. He sang for the crowds at Phillies games. He did public speaking about being a ...Read more


Give peas a chance

Parents / Mom's Advice /

The vegetable garden yield this season is less than we hoped, but the corresponding weight loss has been a pleasant surprise.

Yesterday's count on peas was 44. That was actual peas, not peapods.

The grandkids, taking great interest in the garden, were the ones who picked and shelled the most recent round. When we sat down to lunch, there were ...Read more


California judges able to renew domestic violence protection orders under new law

Parents / Mom's Advice /

In November 2021, a California judge determined the woman before him had demonstrated a reasonable case of fear of continued physical abuse and threats to her life with a firearm. However, the judge wasn’t sure if state law actually gave him the authority to renew her domestic violence restraining order.

California’s Domestic Violence ...Read more

Shafkat Anowar/The Dallas Morning News/TNS

Texas’ abortion law doesn’t target IVF. Women are still changing their fertility plans

Parents / Mom's Advice /

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Erica Young has been trying to get pregnant for six years. In a few weeks, the Fort Worth couple will start the physically and mentally strenuous process of in vitro fertilization for the third time.

Hopefully the treatment, which involves the creation of embryos outside of the womb, will lead to a baby. But the Youngs are ...Read more

Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Spanish-speaking families struggled to sign up for Parks and Rec summer camps. They organized to demand change

Parents / Mom's Advice /

PHILADELPHIA -- It’s a perennial problem for working parents: how to keep kids entertained during the summer months.

Eréndira Zamacona, a mom of 8- and 10-year-old children, was delighted to learn that Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation hosts summer camps that feature sports, arts and crafts, and other educational activities...Read more

Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS

After surviving cancer, Chicago doctor joins her surgeon to study racial disparities in breast reconstruction

Parents / Mom's Advice /

CHICAGO -- Dr. Tokoya Williams wanted to be a cardiac surgeon when she began medical school.

But when she was diagnosed with breast cancer during her last year of medical school — leading to chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction — she was forced to put that plan on hold.

From that experience, however, a new idea for ...Read more


Lori Borgman: The news break that can lower your blood pressure

Parents / Mom's Advice /

I ran into a friend recently who asked if I knew she had "quit" a year ago. She said she simply knew it was time and went "cold turkey."

"Congratulations," I said. "That's amazing. Any withdrawal issues?"

"The FOMO (fear of missing out) was terrible," she said. "I was restless and on edge, second-guessing my decision. Then came eating my way ...Read more



Mike Luckovich Randy Enos Mike Shelton Jerry King Cartoons Dog Eat Doug Doonesbury