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The percentage of dads who stay home with the kids is higher than ever, a new study finds.

By Kristin Wong Sep 18, 2013 3:47PM

More dads than ever are staying at home full time with their children, a new study from the University of Illinois has revealed.

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Your airline experience is about to get a sky-high makeover.

By TheBump.com Sep 17, 2013 5:26PM

By Kylie McConville

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is now offering “Flying Nannies” to passengers on-board.

The nannies are specifically trained to entertain children on long-haul flights. Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways’ vice president of guest services, said, “The Flying Nanny will liaise with parents and use their experience and knowledge to make the travel experience easier. This includes helping serve children’s meals early in the flight and offering activities and challenges to help entertain and occupy younger guests.’


More from The Bump: How is your nanny using social media?


After decades of searching, Anthony Leonard finally met his biological family.

By Kristin Wong Sep 17, 2013 4:48PM

An adoptee, Anthony Leonard had been searching for his long-lost siblings for years. After nearly seven decades, Leonard recently met his sister, Heather Nelson, and brother, Kim, at the Portland airport.

Siblings are reunited after 67 years in Oregon (Courtesy of KATU.com)


All this 8-year-old wants for Christmas is to keep his sister from being bullied.

By Kristin Wong Sep 16, 2013 9:09PM

Karen Suffern recently asked her 8-year-old twins to write letters to Santa, as she wanted to start budgeting early for the holidays. Her son, Ryan, originally asked for a remote control car and helicopter. But Ryan then changed his mind, instead asking Santa to stop his sister from being teased at school.

Courtesy of Tony Posnanski, http://theantijared.com


One dad tries to teach his Daisy Duke-wearing teen daughter a fashion lesson and becomes a Tumblr celebrity.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Sep 12, 2013 11:36PM

Cue the teen eye-rolling.

One Utah dad decided to play modesty police when his teen daughter, Myley, wouldn’t change out of her “slutty” shorts for a family outing, reports the Deseret News.

When the teen insisted upon wearing inappropriate cutoffs, Scott Mackintosh cut his own jeans into a similarly skimpy fashion. Myley snapped a photo of her short short-wearing father and posted it to Tumblr. The father of seven has since become an Internet sensation and poster papa for dress code-enforcing parents everywhere.

Scott Mackintosh in his Daisy Dukes (m-yley via tumblr, aka.ms/m-yley)


The retailer plans to promote the top 20 toys with dedicated shelf space proclaiming the toys 'Chosen by Kids.'

By Associated_Press Sep 12, 2013 8:31PM

MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Lots of retailers come out with "hot toy" lists every holiday season, but this year Wal-Mart decided to try something different: let kids rate their favorite toys.

​File photo off Barbie merchandise at a Wal-Mart store (Gene J. Puskar/AP)In a first, about 1,000 boys and girls aged 18 months to 10 years spent a three-day weekend in August in Dallas playing with 50 toys and choosing their favorites. The result is a top 20 list of kid-approved toys, out Thursday, that includes a new robotic pet Furby, a hugging Elmo and a Barbie dream house.


Majority of moms say it's a challenge to return from maternity leave.

By Kristin Wong Sep 12, 2013 7:13PM

It’s understandable that new moms might take some time to readjust to work--creating life can be exhausting. According to a new poll, new moms take 3.8 months to regain the confidence to return to work after maternity leave.

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Plus, tips on how to choose the right nanny for your child.

By TheBump.com Sep 12, 2013 4:13PM
Photo: Kate, Will and George // Getty Images
Prince William and Kate Middleton have called in a seasoned set of royal hands to help them look after their growing royal baby!

The doting new parents have hired Jessie Webb (William’s former nanny!) to help them look after Prince George. The 71-year-old nanny is most famously known for taking care of William when he was a baby. She was hired by the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles to look after William and Prince Harry. She was also a source of comfort to the two growing boys during their parents' divorce. Ingrid Seward, author of "A Century of Royal Children," says, “She’ll be like a safe pair of hands. She knows the ropes and knows what happens. That’s preferred rather than someone new to it all, someone who’d be terrified of it all.” Webb has already been spotted in photos with Kate, stopping here and there for little errands while they’re living in Anglesey, Wales.
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