Americans Find Parenting More Exhausting than Their Jobs

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  • In Missouri you could get arrested for breastfeeding in court:  Many states exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty, but not the state of Missouri. Recently, a young mother brought her 7-month-old son to jury duty so she could breastfeed him and is now facing a fine of up to $500 and could also be arrested for her “misconduct”. Is this acceptable?
  • American parents find caring for their children more exhausting than their jobs: A Pew Research Center recently published results of a study reporting that American parents find caring for their children far more exhausting than their paid jobs. The report said that 12 percent of participating parents with children under age 18 rated childcare activities as “very tiring”, while only 5 percent of them rated work-related activities on the same level. However, about 62 percent of parents said child-care experiences were “very meaningful” to them, compared with 36 percent of parents who valued job-related activities equally as parenting.
  • Using peanut butter to measure risk of Alzheimer’s disease: Recent research from the University of Florida suggests that peanut butter and a ruler might be the two most effective tools for an early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Peanut butter smells good and our sense of smell reveals a lot about our brain functioning. According to the researchers:  “the ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first things affected in cognitive decline. And because peanut butter is a ‘pure odorant,’ it’s only detected by the olfactory nerve and is easy to access.”
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