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Parenting at the Crossroads

Low-Fat Milk = High-Fat Kid

Walk into a school cafeteria and you will find boxes upon boxes of low-fat milk (hopefully without strawberry and chocolate flavoring). Peruse a child’s menu at any restaurant in the U.S. and you will…

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Is Virtual Violence an Acceptable Parenting Technique?

A story circulated last week about a father in China and his 23-year-old son who were at loggerheads over the son’s perpetual unemployment and his seeming addiction to video games. The son, as reporte…

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Schoolhouse Rock Turns 40

If you grew up in the 1970s, or even the 80s, and had a TV within your reach, you no doubt learned a thing or two from some of your Saturday morning viewings. That is, at least, if you were lucky enou…

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Confronting Childhood Fears

All children have anxieties and fears – some more than others. Some of these fears have roots in real threats, like getting stung by a bee or getting sick and throwing up, whereas others live largely …

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Are Legos Now Too Commercial?

Man, I loved Lego as a kid. Those little toy plastic bricks from Denmark were the building blocks of my childhood. I had a huge wooden chest with an assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes that served…

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More Guns in Our Schools…Really?

Last week, the nation (strike that, the world) was left heartbroken after the senseless massacre that happened in Newtown, Connecticut – an act that left 28 people dead; most of them children. Within …

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Two Glasses of Milk Per Day, Like it or Not

My kid doesn’t really go for milk. Sure he will humor me from time to time with a few sips from a glass, but all in all, he shows very little interest. This would normally be fine, but since milk is t…

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Are We All Powerless? Dealing with Tragedy

What is so upsetting about some 20 children being brutally and senselessly murdered in their classroom in Newtown, CT last week? Why is this shocking? After similar, albeit lesser, massacres that have…

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Do You Miss Toys from the Past?

My sister had an Easy Bake Oven. You remember that miniature play oven the size of a shoebox that baked whatever you put in its incandescent belly, all with the help of one light bulb? Well, when my s…

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How to Feed A Family with No Electricity

As is evidenced by the less than kind weather we have been having lately with Hurricane Sandy, and Hurricane Irene and Lee before that, living with weather related catastrophe is becoming the new norm…

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