Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

Moms' wish for their day: invisible kids


Moms' wish for their day: invisible kids

Britain's mothers have revealed what they really want for Mother's Day — a day without seeing their children. It tied for first in a survey that asked 500 mothers what they most wanted for a Mother's Day treat. It was the choice of 22 percent of those polled — although just as many said they would most like a bunch of flowers. Other choices were a card (chosen by 19 percent), chocolate (14 percent) and perfume (12 percent). Just 11 percent said they wanted to spend more time with the kids. Cultural anthropologist Jean Smith says the getaway moms made a good call: "I'm so pleased that mothers are finally saying it's not all about the kids. If they can reclaim one day for themselves every year, then they're going to be much better mothers for the other 364 days." The survey was carried out by Cupcake, a London club for mothers and their families.


To sleep, to eat, to be French

Already known for their devotion to food, the French can add a new love to the mix: sleep. They excel at the two leisure activities, spending more time at the table and in bed than many other nations, according to a survey released Monday. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris looked at the use of leisure time among 18 of its 30 member countries, using 2006 data. The French spend on average nearly nine hours a day in bed and two hours a day eating and drinking. Americans like their sleep, too, spending 8.5 hours a day doing just that. They spend about an hour and a quarter eating and drinking. The least leisure-minded country is Mexico, where just 16 percent of the time is spent having fun.


Taking from city and giving to self

When a New York City high school janitor needed items like soap, he just dipped into a city fund. Gerard O'Brien did not place the items — thousands of dollars worth — in the school but in his home. The city's Conflicts of Interest Board did not find that behavior in the job description and fined him $20,000 on Monday. Now he'll have to use his own money to pay for the laundry detergent, tissues, hand soap, paint, light bulbs and weed killer.


Trying to park that horse was mistake

Brian Drone was in the mood for fun, so naturally he put on his cowboy hat, saddled up and headed out on the streets of Arvada, Colo., a Denver suburb. But before he could say "Hi-yo, Cricket, away!" and leave a strip mall parking lot, police asked him to accept their $25 citation for riding an animal under the influence. Drone told KUSA-TV that he was just out for a "joyride" with his horse, Cricket. Police did not have a problem with Cricket, which along with Drone was given a ride home by a stable owner.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

Moms' wish for their day: invisible kids 05/04/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 12:37am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pope Francis presents Trump with a 'politically loaded gift': His encyclical on climate change

    Global Warming

    VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to make his point with a gift.

    Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Wednesday.  [Evan Vucci/Pool via The New York Times]
  2. Tampa police say 41-year-old man shot and killed by ex-boss, investigation ongoing


    TAMPA — A 41-year-old man was shot and killed by his former boss Wednesday morning outside the West Tampa auto body shop where they once worked together, according to Tampa police.

  3. Father and brother of alleged bomber detained in Libya


    The father and younger brother of the man who British police say bombed an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester have been detained in Libya, where anti-terror authorities said the brother confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot.

    Hashim Ramadan Abedi appears inside the Tripoli-based Special Deterrent anti-terrorism force unit after his arrest on Tuesday for alleged links to the Islamic State extremist group. Abedi is the brother of Salman Abedi, who has been identified as the man behind the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. [Ahmed Bin Salman, Special Deterrent Force via AP]
  4. Marijuana extract Epidiolex helps some kids with epilepsy, study shows


    A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.

    An employee checks a plant at LeafLine Labs, a medical marijuana production facility in Cottage Grove, Minn. [Associated Press (2015)]
  5. CBO analysis: 23 million would lose health coverage under House-passed bill


    WASHINGTON — The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    President Donald Trump held a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House with members of the GOP on May 4 after the House passed legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act. [Cheriss May | Sipa USA via TNS]