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In this issue:
Alcohol and Pregnancy - New Information
Top 5 States to Raise Children
What rights do Grandparents have?
The Best Time to Potty Train!
Cost of Raising a Child
Scheduled Chats

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Alcohol and Pregnancy - New Information
A new study published in the Journal of Science suggests that a single drinking "binge" by a pregnant woman can cause permanent brain damage to her unborn child. Previously, a 1996 study by the Institute of Medicine revealed that about 20 percent of women who drink do not stop during pregnancy. About one in every 1,000 babies born in the United States suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a disorder caused by exposure to alcohol in the womb. The disorder can cause stunted growth, along with memory and learning problems. Now researchers are finding that one binge (one round of intoxication of about 4 hours) may cause irreparable damage to brain cells leading to brain damage and learning disabilities. So, how much is too much? Apparently, a single glass of wine during dinner is unlikely to cause the damage, but scientists cannot say that any added intake would be safe. The best decision for an unborn baby is not to drink at all during pregnancy. For additional information on this study see: For more information on Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking during pregnancy see:

The Top 5 States to Raise Children were determined and made public back in July of 1999. Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire ranked one through five. Use our new interactive tool to determine where your state ranks.

What rights do Grandparents have? It is just that question that the Supreme Court of the United States is deciding this very minute. With the changing rolls of grand parenting today due to the high divorce rates, it has become necessary to create clear-cut guidelines to shed light where there is gray. The Supreme Court will decide whether a state can give visitation rights to grandparents, even when the parents say no. Most states had enacted grandparent-visitation laws by the early 1990s. In 1992, the justices rejected challenges to such laws in Kentucky and Wisconsin. But in 1995, the court let stand a state court's ruling that struck down a Georgia law allowing grandparents to win access to their grandchildren over parents' objections. See the full article:

Robyn's Nest encourages parents and grandparents to get involved. Some day these laws may directly effect you and your children if they don't already. Join our online communities. Visit our new grand-parenting links page!

We have found, from your questions, research, and experience that the best time to potty train is 18-30 months. After 30 months, potty training becomes much more difficult and problematic. This is not to say that after 30 months is impossible, obviously, but we miss that window of opportunity if we wait beyond that point. Signs of Readiness usually occur sometime around 18 months of age. However, we do not feel that parents are being too harsh on a two year old by beginning training whether they shows signs of readiness or not. More on this article:

The Cost of Raising a Child in is very high, as you may suspect. But how much will you actually spend by the time your children are 18 years of age? Did you know that if your family has only one child, you could expect to pay 26% more on that child? That's $339,394 for a middle-income family! Get out your calculators and take a look at what we found:

Scheduled Chats - March 2000
Thursday, March 2nd - 9:00pm TOPIC: Weight Loss After Pregnancy
Tuesday, March 14th - 8:00pm TOPIC: Balancing Work and Family
Monday, March 27th - 8:00pm TOPIC: Potty Training Problems and Solutions

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