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August 1st, 2011
10:56 AM ET

A father-son bonding experience: Duo visits ever MLB park and NBA arena over 10 years

It started out as a fun, father-son road trip. Fast forward to today - Jeff and Spence Siegel have just completed their mission to visit every Major League Baseball stadium and NBA arena together!

It took them 10 years to visit more than 60 venues.

Jeff and Spence talk with the AM team this morning about their unique bonding experience.

Filed under: AM Fun • Parenting
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
June 21st, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Could obsessing over your kids' happiness doom them to an unhappy adulthood?

Parents these days seem obsessed with keeping their kids happy, constantly feeling the need to prevent them from experiencing disappointment. What effect does this have on kids?

During her training to become a therapist, writer Lori Gottlieb noticed that many young adults were seeking therapy despite having "perfectly happy" childhoods. This led her to conclude that by keeping our children from feeling doubt and defeat when they're young, we're preventing them from being able to find their own way as adults.

Gottlieb joins Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss this phenomenon, detailed in her new article in The Atlantic, "How to Land Your Kid in Therapy."

Filed under: Parenting
June 9th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

What's eating your child? The link between food and childhood ailments

Parents are consistently faced with an array of issues when dealing with the health of their children, yet most fail to consider how their child's diet plays a role in virtually every childhood problem.

Kelly Dorfman, nutritionist and author of "What's Eating Your Child," talks with Kiran Chetry this morning about the connections between food and childhood ailments like ear infections, learning disabilities, anxiety, insomnia and more.

May 10th, 2011
06:06 AM ET

Should schools ban chocolate milk?

Child obesity rates are rising and schools across the country are combating the problem by providing healthier school lunches. The latest target on the lunch menu is chocolate milk.

The superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school district in Los Angeles says he is looking to remove both chocolate and strawberry milk from schools. And, other states like Florida have considered statewide bans.

Many nutritionists are divided on the issue. Some say the calcium, vitamin D and protein benefits of flavored milk outweigh the harm of the sugar content. Others argue sugar or not, it's the only milk kids get.

AM asks you, should chocolate milk be banned from school lunches?

Filed under: AM Asks • Health • Parenting
April 13th, 2011
04:34 AM ET

Shocking Pink?: Mom paints boy's toenails in J.Crew ad

Would you paint your young son’s nails?

A J.Crew advertisement gaining lots of blog buzz this week shows a mom painting her son’s toenails pink with the caption “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink.”

Bloggers are asking if it crosses the gender line, and many parents are responding and saying, what’s the big deal?

What do you think? Let us know here. Kiran and Christine will read your responses on air.

Filed under: Parenting
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