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July 18th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

How to be maternal without having children

According to the 2010 U.S. Census Report, "Fertility of American Women," almost 46% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 do not have children, up from 35 percent in 1976.

Melanie Notkin, founder and author of "Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids," joins Kiran Chetry on American Morning today to explain the reasons for this trend and to talk about her recent Huffington Post article "The Truth About Childless Women."

Notkin discusses the ways that many women are dealing with being childless in a positive way, explaining that there are ways for women to be maternal without having kids.


Filed under: Parenting
July 18th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile turns 75 today and joins American Morning on the circle

It's original mission in 1936 was to spread miles of smiles, letting everyone know about Oscar Mayer hot dogs.

Today, the iconic red and yellow "Wienermobile" is turning 75 years old – and Oscar Mayer is celebrating the birthday in style.

This morning on American Morning, the Wienermobile stops by Columbus Circle to celebrate! Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi speak with Ed Roland, mobile marketing manager with Kraft Foods and Dylan Hackbarth and Kylie Hodges, two "hotdoggers" who drive the Wienermobile to talk about this milestone.


Filed under: AM Fun • Food
July 18th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Study: Bedsharing neither harmful nor helpful for kids over one

While experts have been divided over whether letting your toddler sleep with you is damaging to their development, a new study finds that it may not be harmful as long as the child is at least one year old.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's not advised for parents to ever sleep with infants before the age of 6 months. That's the time when babies are most at risk for sudden infant death syndrome.   But the study authors and the AAP agree that once a child is 12 months old , co-sleeping or bed-sharing with parents is really up to the preference of the family.

On American Morning today, Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, gives details on which parents are most likely to bedshare with their children and where the negative associations with the practice originated.


Filed under: Health
July 18th, 2011
08:24 AM ET

How to protect your personal finances from a possible debt default

With just two weeks to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling before the August 2nd deadline, President Obama will continue to negotiate a possible deficit reduction deal this week with congressional leaders in an attempt to clear the way for congressional Republicans to back an increase.

How could the debt ceiling debate impact your money and your investments?

Donna Rosato, senior writer for Money magazine, joins American Morning today to talk about how to protect your personal finances if Congress can't come to an agreement.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Deficit • Personal Finance
July 18th, 2011
03:56 AM ET

Question of the Day: Would not raising the debt ceiling teach America a good lesson about spending?

(CNN)- President Barack Obama and congressional leaders will continue to negotiate a possible deficit reduction deal this week to clear the way for congressional Republicans to back an increase in the federal debt ceiling.

While discussions continued over the weekend after the last full negotiating session Thursday, no significant progress has occurred and the chances for a comprehensive deficit deal sought by Obama in coming weeks appear remote.

American Morning wants to know: Would not raising the debt ceiling teach America a good lesson about spending?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


Filed under: AM Asks