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Screen-free parenting coaches are cropping up around the country

by Amy Scott, Andie Corban, and Sean McHenry Jul 16, 2019
Can't figure out a way to occupy your child that isn't device-based? There's a consultant for that.
Children's screen use often worries parents.
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Is the startup world OK with motherhood yet?

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 15, 2019
Journalist Eliza Boyd says the “needle is moving” when it comes to pregnancy and venture capital.
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Young, white, affluent — and learning about race

by Phoebe Unterman and Kai Ryssdal Sep 12, 2018
A new book looks at the "conundrum of privilege" in a Midwest suburb.
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

New novel imagines tech industry "solving" childbirth

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Jun 4, 2018
Are there some things that just shouldn't be made easier?
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How voice-activated speakers are lending a virtual hand to parents

by Carrie Barber Jul 20, 2017
Digital assistants are finding a new purpose as entertainment for children and pets.
Alexa, read me a story.
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It's back-to-school season all year

by Adriene Hill Jul 17, 2017
The shopping ritual, like Christmas in summer for retailers of the past, is now an ongoing affair.
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My Economy

My Economy: What it’s like to be the parent of a disabled child

by Robert Garrova and Bridget Bodnar Jan 9, 2017
Margaret Enos of Pennsylvania says it’s a full-time job.
Margaret Enos (L) and family.
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The cost of raising a child prodigy

by Dina Gachman Nov 20, 2015
Training your kid to become the next Mozart could cost you a pretty penny.
My Biggest Financial Lesson

Kai Ryssdal on passing along the financial genes

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 25, 2015
Kai Ryssdal doesn't like to think about money. So his wife handles it.

Will work – if they can find child care

by Annie Baxter Jan 15, 2015
Americans who work nontraditional hours struggle to find round-the-clock day care.