The Dark Side of the Modern ‘Super Parent’

Rachel Hillestad hasn’t perfected the art of French braiding her daughters’ hair. She doesn’t serve organic, free-range chicken for dinner. And for her four kids’ first day of school, she didn’t photograph them posing with cute chalkboards listing their ages and heights, as she saw some of her friends doing.

The Kansas City mom feels guilty about all of it — her perceived shortcomings as a parent. And because she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, that guilt translates into torturing herself with the same self-critical thoughts over and over: “You’re not a good mom,” and “Your kids don’t know you love them.”

Read more on Today.com.

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Inside the Ebola Swag Market

Infectious disease experts have assured the U.S. public that despite the Ebola outbreak raging abroad, Americans’ chances of contracting the illness at home are virtually nil. Anyone, however, can have Ebola adorning their walls, their necks or even their children’s playrooms, for a price.

A handful of North American-based businesses sell Ebola-themed products ranging from jewelry to home decor…Read more on NBCNews.com.

NASA Selects Woman to Be First Breastfeeding Mother in Space

aliceastronaut-200x200I am proud and humbled to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected me to be the first breastfeeding mother in space. I am excited for this opportunity to serve my country with both my mind and my mammary glands.

This June, I will join a crew of three highly trained and decorated astronauts on the inaugural flight of the Orion spacecraft on a three-week mission to the International Space Station (ISS.) Although I lack the academic and military credentials of my space-bound peers, NASA officials have assured me that my fifth-grade field trip to the Kennedy Space Center and my repeated viewings of the film Gravity have more than prepared me for the challenges of low-Earth orbit…   Read more on Babble.com.

Chocolate Lovers Pained by Candy Changes

Cybele May, the founder of the candy review Web site Candy Blog, said that in recent years rising cocoa prices have led candy companies like Hershey’s — the maker of Take 5 and the top chocolate-seller in the U.S. — to replace cocoa butter with cheaper vegetable oils. The ingredients list for Take 5, for instance, now includes “palm, shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil.”

“They just ruined that,” May said of the Take 5 bar…Read more on ABCNews.com.

Top Colleges Mum on Legacy Admissions

The most selective universities in the country this year posted record-low admission rates that dipped into the single digits — a result, many officials say, of sky-high application totals. As colleges such as Harvard and Princeton released their rates, they also touted the diverse backgrounds of successful applicants, who include students of color and international candidates.

But there’s at least one admissions statistic that many top colleges don’t trumpet…Read more on ABCNews.com.