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A Baby Girl Was Born in the Back of an Uber Car in New York City

The mother was on her way to the hospital from New Jersey

(NEW YORK) — Officials say a baby girl was successfully delivered in the backseat of an Uber car parked at the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel, says the birthing process began around 5:15 p.m. Monday while the baby’s 32-year-old mother was riding in the ride-hailing company’s car.

The driver flagged down two Port Authority officers, telling them he had woman in labor who “couldn’t wait.”

The Port Authority says an employee delivered a healthy baby in just minutes. It was the second baby senior agent Greg Nimmo has delivered while working for the authority.

The mother, who had been traveling to the hospital from Hoboken, New Jersey, was transported to a hospital along with her new daughter.

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Police Shut Down Jerry Seinfeld’s Family Lemonade Stand

"Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor"


Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld say they have a real-life grouchy neighbor who got their kid’s charity lemonade stand shut down in the Hamptons.

Jessica, 43, posted an Instagram last week of her son Julian, 12, and comedian husband posing with their hands behind their heads in front of their sale, which donated profits to her Baby Buggy nonprofit.

“Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled. Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers!” she captioned the photo.

Police confirmed to The East Hampton Press that they received a complaint Aug. 18 about illegally parked vehicles near the stand and had to put a stop to it because the Seinfelds were violating a village code that prohibits “peddling.”

Somewhere out there, Seinfeld‘s Wayne Knight is cackling:


This article originally appeared on People.com

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10 Character Traits I Want to Teach My Children

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A list to remind me of what I'm really doing as a parent

To be independent. I want each of my children to have the ability and confidence to live an independent life, making their own choices based on their own values, and not feeling limited by their own fears or insecurities. I have to remind myself of this when it would be easier for me to “fix” one of their problems, than to let them figure it out themselves.

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To reasonably assess risk. Risk management is a huge part of everyday adult life. So whether it be climbing trees or jumping off of the playground, I fight my helicopter-parent instincts every day in the hopes that by allowing my children to self-monitor their own risk-taking (age appropriately, of course) I’m teaching them skills that will last a lifetime. My hope is that these skills will inform them in the future when it comes to making decisions regarding buying insurance, starting a business, investing in property, etc.

To actively practice self-discipline. I intentionally use the word “practice” here instead of just teaching my kids to “be” self-disciplined. I believe that self-discipline is not a static character trait that does or does not exist in someone, but a daily choice regarding our actions that is ever-so-difficult to be consistent about.

To know how to lead, and also how to follow. Being a leader is not just being bossy. I want my kids to really know how to lead well. But we’ve also all been on a team with too many leaders and no followers. I believe it’s vitally important to know when to lead and when to follow. I hope I can teach my children to know the difference, and to do both well.

To deal with discouragement and disappointment and failure. Oh, how I wish I did better with this in my own life. Defensiveness and shutting down are my main reactions to failure. It takes hugely intentional, difficult work for me to persevere in the face of not succeeding at something. I hope I can teach my kids to embrace failure as a learning opportunity by providing a safe, encouraging place for them to fail.

To love reading. Reading teaches empathy by letting us live a world of experiences we never would have had the chance to see otherwise. I want my children to love reading so that they will continually have their eyes and hearts opened to new people, ideas, and places, even if they are limited by finances, location, or occupation.

To seek to continue learning. A new vocabulary word per week; random trivia facts that will probably never come in handy; the capitals of all the countries Central America: whatever it is, I hope that my children will grow up to be adults who love to learn, and never see their education as a task that they have completed or a box to be checked.

To be kind and generous to others. Enough said. We all know that this is an integral facet of a life well-lived.

To work hard. If it’s easy, do better, try harder, and excel. If it’s difficult, persevere, see it through, and buckle down. I want my children to know the value of hard work, to disincline themselves to work hard, and to appreciate the hard work of others.

To know what it means to live their own beliefs. My children may not grow up to hold the same values and beliefs as I do. At the very least, I can teach them what it means to try to live out a set of beliefs and principles, so that they can model that in their own lives as well.

This article originally appeared on Avelist

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4 Easy Ways to Organize Your Vacation Photos

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Put your memories in one place

From the first day of camp to the Fourth of July parade, you’ve snapped quite a few pictures this summer. We’ve found four apps that will help you organize and share those images with speed and efficiency. So you can put the summer of 2015 in the books — so to speak.

Google Photos

What it is: The latest iteration of photo storage from Google replaces Google+.

How it works: The new app offers real time photo backup of what you shoot on your phone plus unlimited storage of high quality photos and videos. Once uploaded, you can search your photos by facial recognition or keywords with uncanny accuracy. It recognized our 8-year old from birth to her most recent birthday and never confused her face with that of her look-alike little sister. And rest assured, even though Google is in the search business, your photos are secure and private.

Favorite feature: “The Assistant” automatically groups shots based on date and creates gifs, photo albums, and collages.

Cost: Unlimited storage of compressed images; 15 Gb for full-sized images. 100 GB is $2/month; 1TB is $10/month.


What it is: Recently acquired by Canon, Lifecake is a private platform for storing, organizing, and sharing your family memories in the cloud. Think interactive timeline meets journal. Fear not: the founders (vets of Skype and Yahoo) promise the camera giant won’t change their commitment to your privacy or limit the devices you can use to capture photos. Keep clicking away on your phone.

How it works: After initializing the app and entering basic info for your kids (name and birthday), LifeCake lets you organize all of your digital photos and videos into a shareable timeline. You can add stories or captions to each image, create slideshows set to music from your device, and invite friends and family members to privately share in the fun.

Favorite feature: Make a hardcover photo book from the website for $50.

Cost: Download 10 GB for free; unlimited storage is $4.99/month or $35.99/year.


What it is: If you document your family life via social media, but have grandparents or loved ones who still can’t figure out how to use a VCR, this is the app for you.

How it works: After signing up, sync Kidpost to your social accounts. Next, on the Kidspot website add the email addresses of the people you want to share your memories with. Every day Kidpost will scan the images you post to Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or Twitter, and if you have added #kidpost to the post your friends and family will receive an email digest of the images.

Favorite feature: Want to be less obvious about using Kidpost? Customize your hashtag. #Goodtimes. #Summerof2015. Whatever works for you.

Cost: Free for the first month. After that $3/month or $30/year.


What it is: DropBox’s answer to photo storage and sharing. If you use DropBox for other documents you will feel right at home.

How it works: Carousel syncs with your DropBox account and your phone, automatically backing up all of your photos you shoot on the cloud. Photos and videos are organized chronologically, but you can decide what to hide from your homepage. Create albums to share or post on your social accounts.

Favorite feature: Take a trip down memory lane with Flashback. It organizes and presents images from that very week in years past.

Cost: 3 GB of storage, free.

This article originally appeared on Cozi

This article was written by Lindsey Gladstone for Cozi, a Time Inc. company. Cozi is the leading family organizing app that makes it simple to keep track of everyone’s schedules, shopping lists and to dos. Information is updated in real time and shared with each member of the family, so everyone is always on the same page. Get the Cozi app (it’s free!) at cozi.com or search for Cozi in your favorite app store.

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11 Fun Activities to Do on a Rainy Day

Organize your own film festival

Gloomy weather can ruin even the cheeriest moods. Ward off boredom (for both you and your kids) with this list of family activities and relaxing ideas.


  • Have an Indoor Treasure Hunt

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    Children in the house? Keep their day lively with a treasure hunt. Make one set of clues for every player (try rhyming the clues for fun), each clue leading to the next one and, finally, to the treasure. Seal them in envelopes marked with a clue number (i.e., 2/7, or “two of seven”); this will help the treasure hunters keep track. Whoever solves the clues first and finds the treasure—a small toy, an IOU for a movie, maybe a cache of coins (regular or chocolate)—is the winner. Or have your kids play as a team to solve the clues—and uncover the treasure—together.

  • Make Your Own Bubble Bath

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    Slip into a soothing bath laced with your own moisturizing soap blend. In a clean container, mix together ½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap, 1 tablespoon sugar or honey, and 1 egg white. Pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, which will attract and retain moisture in your skin. The egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles, for a nice, fluffy bath. For extra-dry skin, consider adding a tablespoon of light oil, such as almond or light sesame. (Another surprising bath booster? Vinegar.)

  • Create a Family Recipe Book

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    What You Need

    • Unlined journal
    • recipe cards (the more sauce-splattered, the better)
    • wine or Champagne labels
    • photos from family meals
    • adhesive
    • photo corners
    • ruler
    • shimmery alphabet stickers (available at crafts stores)
    • ribbon

    What to Do

    1. Color-copy all recipe cards, photos, and labels if you want to preserve the originals or make more than one gift book.
    2. Compile the memorabilia by time period, holiday, or any other theme that inspires you.
    3. Affix the items horizontally in the journal. Use photo corners for pictures and recipe cards and adhesive for labels and clippings.
    4. Stick a title on the front of the journal with alphabet stickers (using a ruler helps), and finish off with a ribbon.
  • Camp in the Great Indoors

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    Who says tents have to stay outside? If you have a pop-up or small dome tent, it’s easy to set up camp for your kids indoors. If not, you can create tents by draping sheets over the couch. Make them comfy with airbeds, pillows, and sleeping bags, then follow through with an indoor picnic to be eaten “under canvas.”

  • Invent a (No-Batteries) Game

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    Anne Libera, artistic associate at the Second City Training Center, recommends the following play-anywhere, no-props-needed activities.

    One-word story: Starting with “Once upon a time,” go around the room and have each person add a single word to the story. Tip: Decide on a genre in advance―fairy tale, ghost story, etc.―and go from there.

    Improvised poetry: One person says a line of poetry, and the next must say a line that rhymes with it, and so on. Let kids say the first line; it’s up to you to find the rhyme.

    Yes, and…monster! Invent an imaginary monster, with each person adding a new characteristic to the first person’s monster description. Every new idea has to start with an enthusiastic, “Yes, and…” and build on what has already been described.

  • Deep-Condition Your Hair

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    You’ve been wanting to give your hair a deep treatment but just haven’t been able to get to the drugstore or salon. Walk over to the fridge to find your solution: mayonnaise. Starting at the scalp, coat strands with ½ cup mayo. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. (For more at-home how-tos, see DIY Beauty Treatments and Fashion Fixes.)

  • Bake Up Some Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Nothing cures rainy day blues like a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies. Dunk them in milk or eat ’em (practically) right out of the oven—a surefire way to happily weather the storm. Now, if you and your family fancy other varieties, that’s no problem: We have 19 additional classic cookie recipes to choose from.

  • Organize Your Own Film Festival

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    Queue up some classics, old (Singin’ in the Rain) and new (Toy Story 3), let the kids add a few favorites—even mix in last week’sAmerican Idol on DVR for variety—and have a marathon screening. Keep a cozy throw on hand to snuggle under, a big bowl of popcorn to dip into, and settle in to enjoy the show(s).

  • Hold a Mini-Marshmallow Popping Contest

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    What You Need

    • scissors
    • utility knife
    • markers
    • ruler
    • rubber bands
    • glue
    • tape (transparent, duct, masking, or colored)
    • gift wrap or decorative paper
    • kraft paper
    • balloon, uninflated (1 per popper)
    • paper cup, bottom cut off (1 per popper)
    • mini marshmallows

    What to Do

    1. Knot the end of the balloon, then snip off ½ inch from the top.
    2. Stretch the balloon over the cutoff end of the cup so that the knot is in the center. (You’ll need to hold the balloon in place when you “pop,” or secure it with a rubber band for little hands.)
    3. Place a mini marshmallow into the cup so it fits snugly in the knotted center of the balloon. While aiming the cup away from you (and others), pull the knot back, release, and send the marshmallow soaring. See who can pop marshmallows the farthest or get the most into a bowl that’s a few feet away.
  • Host a Tea Party

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    Dress up in fancy duds, set the table with the good china, and put on your most formal manners (remember, extend your pinkie and sip politely). On the menu: tea (for you), juice or cocoa (for your children), and easy egg or chicken salad tea sandwiches in fun shapes, courtesy of cookie cutters. Let your kids decide the guest list—and which of their favorite dolls or furry friends are on it.

  • Pamper Yourself With a Skin-Softening Salve

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    Do a little spa therapy with a homemade scrub (this one comes courtesy of New York City makeup artist Gucci Westman): Grind about two cups of oatmeal, a natural skin soother; add a few handfuls each of coffee grinds and brown sugar. Then stir in three or four spoonfuls of skin-nourishing honey, ginger, and noni extract (find it at health-food stores). Before storing the batch in the refrigerator, Westman scoops out enough for a week into a jar, which she keeps in her shower, using it daily. “It smells lovely, and it’s gentle,” she says. “When my skin feels really dry, I add olive oil, too.”

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How to Spend the End of Summer With Your Kids

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Play flashlight tag

A fun end-of-summer party idea is a campout!

This theme works especially well with children between the ages of 8 and 12. A fun overnight slumber party in late August is a perfect way to end summer before heading back to school.

Here are some fun activities to pass the time:

  • Enjoy a proper cookout, and end the evening with s’mores.
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Tell scary ghost stories before going to bed. Have the storyteller hold a flashlight.
  • Play flashlight tag.
  • Pitch tents together.
  • Use a telescope and gaze at the stars. Teach a fun astronomy lesson while you do this.
  • Make tie-dyed T-shirts—a great take-home campout party favor.
  • Blow bubbles and shine your flashlights on them. This produces cool effects everyone is sure to love.
  • Make luminary bags with your guests to light the path to their tents.
  • Take a long hike/walk through your neighborhood, or, even better, in a nearby wooded area or park.
  • Have a sing-along around the campfire. Does anyone play guitar?
  • Provide bug jars and catch fireflies.

Favors for this party can include flashlights, tie-dyed T-shirts, or little knapsacks filled with camping stuff (bug spray, glow-in-the-dark stickers, water guns, glow bracelets, little plastic animals that you would find in the woods, etc.). The ideas are endless.

As you can see, overnight camping parties are great fun. Kids love them, and you will too, given the variety of activities that can easily fill the night.

One cautionary note, and this is true of any sleepover: Make sure to get contact information from parents when they drop their kids off. Some kids are ready to spend the night away from home and others are not. In case someone wants to go home or gets sick, make sure to have the parents’ contact details on hand to make that important call.

Happy camping trails to you!

This article originally appeared on Cozi

This article was written by Lisa Kothari for Cozi, a Time Inc. company. Cozi is the leading family organizing app that makes it simple to keep track of everyone’s schedules, shopping lists and to dos. Information is updated in real time and shared with each member of the family, so everyone is always on the same page. Get the Cozi app (it’s free!) at cozi.com or search for Cozi in your favorite app store.

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Don’t Call Me a ‘Mompreneur’

Haven’t we earned the right by now to just be called entrepreneurs?

I was aimlessly wandering through Costco last weekend (it’s as close to a hobby as I’ll get), when I ran into an old friend. Not having seen each other in years, we exchanged the usual questions to catch up between shoving a year’s worth of taquitos into our carts. “Are you married? How many kids? What part of town do you live in?” Then she asked the one question that always makes me cringe, “Do you work outside the home?”

It’s a question that’s loaded with assumptions. For starters, it insinuates that people who choose to abandon a career to take care of their families are resided to the simplicities of their home. We know that’s not true. These parents are as much working outside the home — as drivers, coaches, educators, activity managers, and caretakers — as they are inside the home.

Second, the question presumes that because I’m a mom I have a choice. Third, it presumes that I want that choice.

When I got home I asked my husband, “Have you ever been asked if you work outside the home?”

“No,” he said, “of course not.”

I asked if he’s ever been called a dadpreneur, as he has his own law practice, and is by definition a dad. He rolled his eyes at me and proceeded to help me unload 400 pounds of rice and frozen lasagna.

For the same reason why my long lost friend asked me if I work outside the home, I’ve been labeled a “mompreneur,” more times than I can count. I’m the founder and CEO of a software company. I’m also the mother of two.

There’s a deep-rooted assumption in our society that women entrepreneurs with children will always regard themselves as mom first and foremost, and entrepreneur second. They can never exist on the same plane, and this is hurting us all.

Perception is everything

The term mompreneur conjures up images of a smart looking woman wearing a suit, holding a baby in one arm and a briefcase in the other. As I write this, in Entrepreneur’s Mompreneur section of their website, there are 14 articles on the home page. Eight of them have images of a woman entrepreneur with her kids. Seven of them have headlines about work-life balance. Two have headlines on how to involve your kids in your business.

There isn’t a single headline on just how to improve your business. Nothing on growing sales, raising capital, mastering culture, or recruiting the best talent. Apparently the only thing women entrepreneurs are supposed to care about is how to balance their godforsaken careers with having a family.

Creating a special category of content for entrepreneurs who happen to also be moms creates a perception that these women don’t run their businesses the same way other entrepreneurs do. And this is completely false. Every entrepreneur I know — mom, dad, and the kidless ones — want the same things. They want to grow. They want to keep costs down and quality up. They want to recruit and retain the best talent. And they all want to create something awesome that fits their definition of success.

The deluge of this type of content, expertly marketed to millions of women just like me, sends the message that when it comes to running our businesses, our biggest concern should be how we balance our ventures with our family obligations.

Men entrepreneurs aren’t targeted with articles about balancing work with family, and it sends a very different message.

This disparity feeds into the fact that women who work still take on more of the housework (three more hours per week) and spend twice as much time on childcare than their male partners.

The message permeates outside the family as well. Women entrepreneurs already face an uphill battle in funding their companies, with fewer than 5% of venture-backed companies run by a woman CEO. Investors prefer a venture pitch by a man to an identical pitch by a woman at a rate of 68% to 32%. The perception that women are less capable entrepreneurs than men is deeply engrained in our culture. Add “mom” to the woman entrepreneur’s CV and investors jump to the same assumption everyone else does: Is she really interested in working outside the home?

Learning is Limited

If I were to read every article on the top three pages of the search term “mompreneur,” I’d learn a lot about how to balance my life, but nothing about how to grow my business.

The average executive spends an estimated two hours per day reading. This includes email, so let’s be conservative and say that the average entrepreneur spends 30 minutes a day reading content specifically for the purpose of helping them grow and/or manage their business. If I’m spending that 30 minutes on how to cut down on childcare costs (real headline in a mompreneur blog), and my counterpart who’s a dad is spending 30 minutes reading up on how to increase sales by 20% this quarter, who’s going to get ahead faster?

The sad part is, what we read isn’t necessarily our choice.

Today’s publishing platforms have pretty much guaranteed that consumers are served up a steady stream of content, including on mobile and social platforms, which aligns with their perceived attributes. Some companies and the platforms they use are brilliant, and can derive really precise data on you just by your browsing history and online profiles. Others create personas based on shallow data and hit the send button with abandon. Woman + business owner + mother is the reason why I open my inbox everyday to find newsletters from spa resorts and kids clothing trunk shows. But if I want to find articles that can help me scale my software company, I have to do my own digging. Carrying the label “mompreneur” on social media profiles, blog posts, websites, or even just searching the term on Google can quite literally mean getting bucketed into a specific persona and targeted by an onslaught of content that’s geared more towards the mom and less towards the ‘preneur.

Not that this content is bad. Most every parent can benefit from cutting childcare costs and finding more time to spend with family. The problem is only half of the world’s parents are receiving the message on a near constant basis. The other half is being spoon fed real business advice.

The Imbalanced Dialogue on Work-Life Balance

Women have been launching and running their own businesses since the 1700s. Today, almost a third of businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, and they employ nearly 8 million people. About 70% of mothers in the U.S. work.

Haven’t we earned the right by now to just be called entrepreneurs? Why the special designation? Back to those nasty assumptions…

Visit the Wikipedia page on Mompreneurs and you’ll see that most of the links in the “See Also” section are about work life balance. There is a strongly held assumption that women entrepreneurs struggle with work life issues above all other challenges. A similar search of “Dadpreneur” on Wikipedia didn’t return the same results. Do we really believe men don’t struggle with this too?

Further, can we admit it’s possible that entrepreneurs who happen to also be moms might NOT struggle with work life balance as much as we assume? Can we change our mindset to believe that many entrepreneurs who are also moms wake up in the morning thinking about how they’re going to take on the world with their start up? That many of them enjoy spending eight to 10 hours a day focused on disrupting an industry, and don’t give a second thought to the audacity of ordering pizza three nights a week? That many, many entrepreneurs who also call themselves mom spend as much time visualizing how to get to a B round or a billion dollar valuation as they do visualizing a great life for their kids? Yes, these things can be of equal importance to women.

Motherhood doesn’t define us in our careers or predict the success of our ventures. Our vision and tenacity does. If you really want to label me, call me what I am. I’m an entrepreneur.

Aly Saxe is founder and CEO of Iris PR Software.

This article originally appeared on Medium

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Your Child Might Not Need Those Costly Braces

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It is amazing the extent to which straight teeth have become a requirement

Modern parenting can be costly. It’s not just the necessities—diapers, clothing, shoes, food and more food (they never stop eating!), and medical costs—it’s all those unexpected items. What about summer camp and after-school activity fees, sports equipment (do we really need that helmet?), and the birthday presents for their friends? Don’t even talk to me about saving for college.

There’s another cost that many parents take on—the price to provide a child with a perfect smile. For many middle class families, orthodontics has become a right of passage—albeit a painful and ridiculously expensive one.

In the decades that have passed since I was a child with braces, the technology has advanced considerably. Today, parents can choose the traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or even braces that are placed on the back of the teeth. There is even a clear, custom made mouth guard available for slight corrections. As the choices have expanded, so have the costs. These days, orthodontists charge anywhere from around $5,000 to a shocking $13,000 for more extensive correction.

Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole endeavor. In a surprisingly fascinating piece for The Atlantic, Michael Thomsen suggests writes:

Today’s orthodontic practices rely on equal parts individual diagnosis and mass-produced tool, often in pursuit of an appearance that’s medically unnecessary [emphasis mine]. Basic advances in brushing, flossing, and microbiology have largely defeated the problem of widespread tooth decay—yet the perceived problem of oral asymmetry has remained and, in many ways, intensified.

Orthodontics is not so different from other medical specialties. Plastic surgeons provide services to those maimed in accidents and to those born with disfigurements. But they also perform elective cosmetic surgeries on paying clientele.

Yet, orthodontists primarily serve children. And we don’t generally provide “unnecessary” medical services to children. As Thomsen points out, the American Association of Orthodontics actually markets itself as being able to provide a better future for your children. The organization’s website suggests that “A great smile helps you feel better and more confident . . .” and “can literally change how people see you—at work and in your personal life.”

Many parents can’t afford that “great smile,” though, which is why a thriving cottage industry of homemade orthodontic remedies has surfaced to provide the perfect smile to those who can’t afford licensed orthodontic work.

It is amazing the extent to which straight teeth have become a requirement for professional life. Even kids who did have braces often find that their teeth have moved back — they then start the whole process over as adults.

The decision to get braces is also fraught with intense social pressures for parents. What does it say about you if you decide to skip all that expensive orthodontic work for your kids? At the very least, people would consider it a total parental failure that you haven’t done everything to give your child every possible advantage.

While there is a legitimate need for orthodontics to correct truly disabling problems, parents should be aware that much of what is offered is cosmetic. Just as reasonable parents wouldn’t dream of providing their young children with lip fillers, nose jobs, tummy tucks, boob jobs, and other Kardashian-like treatments, parents might want to reconsider the need for pricey cosmetic orthodontic work.

This article originally appeared on Acculturated

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This Is How Much It Costs To Raise A Ballerina

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Nearly 50% more than the average cost of raising a child.

As any parent knows, raising children is expensive. According to the U.S.D.A., the cost of getting a kid born in 2013 to age 18 is around $250k.

But raising graceful little toe-touching, leotard-clad ballerina children—now, that’s a big ticket item.

According to a new analysis by FiveThirtyEight, raising a top-trained ballerina who begins to dance at age 3 could put you out more than $100,000 by the time he or she turns 18. This estimate takes into account 15 years of tuition and fees at a top-tier ballet school ($55,000); six summer intensives programs ($32,000); new pointe shoes every three months or so beginning in sixth grade ($29,000); and 15 years of tights and leotards ($2,000). And the author calls the final figure “conservative”—after all, your aspiring Misty Copeland won’t make it to lessons if the car’s out of gas.

FiveThirtyEight points out that the exorbitant cost of a quality ballet education is one of the major barriers to greater diversity and accessibility for lower-income families in the ballet world—causes that the actual Misty Copeland, the first black woman to become a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, has been vocal about during her ascent as a ballerina.

But at nearly $120,000 a head, this estimate suggests top-tier ballet may be out of the hands of more than just minorities and low-earning Americans.



Cop Delivers Couple’s Baby After Stopping Them for Speeding

Watch the dashcam video

A routine traffic stop in the middle of the night ended with a Seattle cop helping to deliver the passenger’s baby — a birth captured on dashcam video.

Officer Anthony Reynolds noticed a car running red lights and speeding at about 3:45 a.m. local time (6:45 a.m. ET) Sunday, police said.

When he ordered the vehicle to stop, the driver jumped out and shouted that his wife was in labor.

Although Reynolds called for an ambulance, the couple’s baby arrived before medics and can be heard screaming in the video.

“After first giving a full-throated cry as she burst into the world, the…

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