More middle-aged moving back in with parents

middle-aged moving in with parents

Older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts.

Debbie Rohr, her husband, and twin teenage sons live in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It’s a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life.

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54% of parents will buy tech gifts this year, big opportunity for tablet and app creators

There are more tablets available with kid-protections and controls.

Tech is topping the Christmas lists this year as parents are prepared to indulge. A PBS Kids survey shows that 54 percent of parents plan to pick up a techie gift this year, more specifically tablets. Kids want bigger screens to play games and watch movies on. Kids want tablets more than they want game consoles, according to the survey.

 

 

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Why first-born children are smarter

First-borns around the world, it turns out, have higher IQ’s.

According to a new study “those born earlier perform better in school” and, it’s because of the parents. Parents simply go easy on their later-born kids, according to data analyzed by economists V. Joseph Hotz and Juan Pantano, and as a result, first-born children tend to receive both the best parenting and the best grades.

 

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Parents need to let their children fail: Study

Study shows it’s okay to let children fail.

When Jessica Lahey was a fairly new teacher thirteen years ago she had to call a students’ mother to let her know that she would be initiating disciplinary measures against her daughter for plagiarism and that her daughter would receive a zero for the plagiarism.

 

 

 

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Most parents oppose collecting children’s information on the internet

Nine out of 10 adults said they believed advertisers should get a parent’s permission before collecting data on their children.

Overwhelmingly, parents object to personal information being collected on their children over the internet.  This is according to a new poll just released before federal officials are set to vote on a controversial proposal to strengthen child privacy laws.

 

 

 

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Babysitting goes digital with credit card payments and online bookings

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Growing startups in the digital babysitting space allow parents to book, review, and often pay babysitters online.

There are few areas of life that haven’t been changed by the mobile and Internet revolutions for the young, urban smartphone owner. We can book restaurant reservations through OpenTable, take a cab without swiping a credit card on Uber, or crash at someone’s house in a foreign city through AirBnB. Life has moved online, and commerce is moving with it.

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Study: Parents today are happier than their childless counterparts

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Looks like having kids may not make you miserable after all.

Based on early research, the conventional wisdom that’s developed over the past few decades has been that parents are less happy, more depressed and have less-satisfying marriages than their childless counterparts.

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Kids too dependent on parents say scientists

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Why do American children depend on their parents to do things for them that they are capable of doing for themselves?

Elinor Ochs, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles and her colleagues, have studied family life as far away as Samoa and the Peruvian Amazon region, but for the last decade they have focused on a society closer to home: the American middle class.

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