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55 thoughtful and useful gifts that teens will actually use

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.It's never easy to shop for a teenager, especially since their tastes tend to change frequently. We rounded up 55 gifts for teens to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory. Browse all of Insider Reviews gift guides for more great ideas. Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder. They are often-times picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it's a thoughtful gift to acknowledge how hard they are working and to show them you see them.To make ...
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2 social scientists explain how childcare insecurity is hurting caregivers across the US

Childcare insecurity, or limited or uncertain access to adequate care, is a public health issue. The pandemic caused a spike in need that impacted the well-being and mental health of caregivers. Biden has proposed policies to address the issue, but economic constraints aren't the only cause. See more stories on Insider's business page. Childcare insecurity is a term we've come up with to describe limited or uncertain access to adequate childcare.It factors into many Americans' decisions whether to even have a child. Parents — mothers especially — often weigh the cost of childcare in their decision to return to work. And when a kid ...
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I know firsthand that having kids while young is penalized at work. If we’re worried about declining birth rates, workplaces need to start supporting young motherhood.

The US birth rate is declining partly because women are delaying childbirth. Workplace culture that discriminates against mothers plays a big part in deterring women from having children earlier in life. Now is the time to address the part our workplaces play in families' reproductive options. Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is a writer living in New York City. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Economic uncertainty and expanding opportunities for women have lowered the US birth rate — and it could lead to future labor shortages

From 1950 to 2021, we saw a 50% decline in US birth rates, from 25 births per 1,000 people to 12. Sociologist Ann Oberhauser says the decline is tied to progress in areas like reproductive medicine and access to education. Lower fertility rates could translate to possible future labor shortages in many sectors of the economy. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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7 sleepaway camp packing list essentials you can get on Amazon

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.It's summer camp season. If your kid is heading off to camp this summer, you'll want to make sure they're prepared with all the essentials. We rounded up a packing list of products, some essential and some just plain fun, that you can get on Amazon in time for the first day. Summer camp is right around the corner. If you or your child has put off packing until the last minute, you're not alone. Camp is loads of fun. Packing, not so much. But, you can't get to the summer camp fun without making sure your kid has everything they need for a great summer. Related ...
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43 thoughtful and useful baby shower gifts under $50

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.Baby showers celebrate new life and prepare parents for what's to come with useful gifts. We rounded up gifts that will be a big help when the baby arrives as well as fun keepsakes. Below are 43 baby shower gifts under $50 that new parents will love. Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Reviews' gift guides here. The world of baby products — especially for non-parents — can be daunting and confusing. What's needed? What works? What do new parents want or love?If you're attending a baby shower, this makes choosing the perfect gift a bit difficult. You want to ...
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The 6 best playpens and play yards in 2021 for indoors, outdoors, and travel

Safe sleep No matter which type of playpen you choose, considering safe sleep is a must. Last year, inclined sleepers like the Rock'n Play Sleeper were recalled after infant deaths, a reminder that some products on store shelves do not follow the safe sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to those guidelines, infants should sleep on their backs on a flat, firm surface without any loose bedding or other objects. The playpen you choose should also meet the safety standards of the Consumer...