In Brief: Sep. 18, 2000

GRIMM REALITY A Princeton University study found that children reared by stepmothers get less medical care, education and food than kids reared by their biological moms. The stepmothers may love the kids, but in an effort to ease tensions, they trust the father to take the initiative in these matters. That trust may be unwarranted. When there is a woman in the home, dads tend to assume she will do the parenting.

PASSPORT WOES New regulations to prevent child abductions are taking vacationing families by surprise. Single parents traveling with underage children have been prevented from boarding planes and from entering...

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