Advice to a child from notorious convicts and esteemed Americans

If a little boy sent an earnest letter to famous (and infamous) Americans, seeking their advice on whether he should continue with his education, what...

Parenting Blogs, standards, and traditional media

I've been having some trouble blogging recently, mostly because I am struggling with this article. The Globe and Mail is Canada's most popular nation...

The cross off list

I've written here before about my vast and undying love for lists: writing goals, crossing them off. I believe in the power of the written word to mot...

Potty training newsletters? Yes.

I have not changed a nuclear toddler-plus diaper in over a week and a half, and I think I am more giddy with excitement, pride and relief than I was o...

When is it OK to take children away from their parents?

I've been following the story of the removal of 416 children from an extremist religious compound in Texas with a mixture of shock, horror, and sympat...

Oldest person in the world turns 115

Edna Parker has five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. She has outlived both of her sons, and is one of 75 human...

How to halt bedtime delay tactics

I think it's easy to underestimate the manipulation tactics of a two-and-a-half year old. After all, most of them can't properly form their words, the...

A dissection of insane commenters on a YouTube video

What could possibly be more innocent than a laughing baby? According to YouTube commenters, apparently, an awful lot. Slate has a fairly awesome artic...

Playing tag is no longer a benign sport

There have been frequent reports in the media of schools banning the game of "tag" at recess, and now there's yet another elementary school who has bl...

Twitter alerted world to student's arrest

Do you know Twitter? I didn't, either, really until a few weeks ago. I'd heard rumblings about it, of course -- anecdotal evidence of its totally add...

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