This month's postings, June 2008

Sad daddy?

New fathers, take note: If you’re feeling blue, ask for help. There is new evidence that dads of 9-month-olds are twice as likely as other men to be clinically depressed — and that depression can be bad for their kids. Depressed fathers read less to their children; by the age of 2, babies of depressed dads have smaller vocabularies, according to the study. Another study finds that the kids of sad dads are more likely to be defiant, disobedient and hostile. Get help at; read our story in BabyMap.

Sex and the gritty

You know the old cliché: Men are only after one thing? No surprise: A new study proves it’s just not that simple. The Kinsey Institute asked men between the ages of 18 and 70 what turns them on. Many said feeling good about themselves got them in the mood, and so did a self-confident partner. And looks aren’t everything; many men said intelligence is “a big turn-on.” The biggest surprise? An overwhelming majority said that just spending time outdoors boosted their arousal. Pack that picnic basket, ladies, it’s almost Father’s Day!

Sex trade?

File this under random jaw-droppers: An extensive survey of British men found that half of them would give up sex for six months in return for a 50-inch plasma TV. The survey — carried out by a TV manufacturer, of course — asked women the same question; only a third of them said they’d make the trade. Somewhat less disturbing: A quarter of 2,000 men surveyed said they’d give up chocolate for that TV. Wonder what that survey would turn up in the United States?

Breast friends

Breastfeeding’s on the rise in our country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the U.S. breastfeeding rate is the highest it’s been in at least 20 years — which is when the CDC started keeping track. About 77 percent of new moms breastfeed, at least for a while, says the CDC.

Teen dreamin’

Also apparently on the rise: teenage optimism! A Junior Achievement survey finds that more than half of all teens surveyed believe they are “extremely likely” or “very likely” to get their ideal job one day. How do they plan to get ready? More than half said “classroom education”; on-the-job training was a distant second.

Are you Komen?

Come in second … come in 202nd … who cares? It’s fun for a great cause! Pry your family away from that plasma screen (!) and rally your Reeboks for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday, June 21. It’s a family event; besides the 5k, there is a one-mile fun walk and a kids’ race. Register at

— Kristen Dobson


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