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When Children Die First: A Meditation on the Unthinkable

My first reaction to the big news stories last weekend, first the shootings in Norway and then the death of Amy Winehouse, was to feel more sympathy...If the universe granted me a single wish, it would be that when I die old, my daughter will yet live.

Opinion: Where Do You Draw the Curtain in the Man Cave?

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I put my hand on my teenage son's shoulder at the grocery store the other day.
"Stop that!" he yelled. "People...
A single dad of a teenage son grapples with matters of propriety.

The Gay Genealogist: Creating a Modern Family Tree

As hobbies go, genealogical research is not exactly on par with snowboarding -- it ranks right up there with stamp collecting in its total lack of...I can trace my family's trademark ski nose back three generations but I can't tell my daughter where she got her cute little button nose.
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My 14 Year Old is Awful to Her Younger Sister!

Dear AdviceMama, My 14-year-old is always angry with her 11-year-old sister. She is also rude with me. She is very caring to others,...
It's painful to watch anyone treat our child unkindly, but it's doubly difficult when one of our own children is inflicting the damage.

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie: Papa and the Small Bikini

When did I become such a prude? This was the question when Diva and I opened the box of summer clothes sent by a relative -- and I saw the teenie...Too many bikinis don't just say "big girl" -- they say "adult woman."
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Mom's Spanking Fuels Toddler's Aggression

Dear AdviceMama, I take care of twin 18-month-olds, a boy and girl. The mom has started "disciplining" them with spanks and timeouts. As a...
True discipline isn't about punishment; it's about teaching children right from wrong with patience and understanding.

Picture Daze: How Too Much Comes to Mean Nothing

I think it was the dance recital portrait offer that put me over the edge. For a mere $70, a photographer would take a picture of my 5-year-old in her...The more you have of everything, the less you value anything.

Opinion: Supreme Court Wrong (and Right) About Violent Video Games

Credit: Corbis Social conservatives rail against "activist judges," those supposedly liberal sorcerers in black robes who create rights...Violent video games sickening, but at least Supreme Court admits kids have rights.

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