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Girl Let Off a Wrong Bus Stop NOT Molested and Left For Dead

It happens every so often at the beginning of the school year and this September was no exception. The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reports that, sadly, a 7-year-old was let off at the wrong bus stop the other day, even after she told the bus driver i...It happens every once in a while at the beginning of the school year and this September was no exception. The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reports that, sadly, a 7-year-old was let off at the wrong bus stop the other day, even after she told the bus driver it was not where she was supposed to get off. It was, instead, four blocks from her house.

Want to Win Custody? Become a Helicopter Parent

What do you call a dad who texts his kid 30 times a day and photographs each message? Quite possibly "the winner" -- in divorce court. Increasingly, courts are defining "good parenting" as "helicopter parenting," says Gaia Bernstein, a Seton ...

Want Your Kid to Get Ahead? Learn From the Gorillas

Well, I'll be a monkey's ... playmate, I guess. Turns out a common primate pastime is for one gorilla to sneak up, hit another gorilla, then run and hide. Which sounds extremely familiar. Yes, scientists have come to the conclusion that goril...

Yes, You Can Leave Your Kids in the Car for a Few Minutes

Children dying in hot cars: Terrible. Passersby calling the cops every time they see a kid waiting in a car: Also very bad. Why? Why shouldn't we all be screaming at the moms and dads who leave their kids in the car while they pick up a pizza...

Let Adults Hang Out at the Playground (Even if They Don't Have Kids)

What would you do if you saw a man hanging around the playground and he didn't have any kids there? Well, soon that question may be moot. Miami Beach is just the latest locality considering legislation that would make 19 playgrounds "children's ...

What's So Dirty About Kiddie Pictures?

The new school picture? Credit: Anna Brooks / Samantha Harvey
When art students Anna Brooks and Samantha Harvey asked if they could take some children's photos at a local school, they were told by the principal, fine. They could photograph one ch...

Do We Really Need a Breast-Feeding Cookie?

MilkMakers, Milkin' Cookies -- these are two new-ish cookies created for breast-feeding moms. They're made from, among other things, oatmeal, yeast and flax seed, all long held to help boost milk production, and anecdotal evidence (well, people pos...

'I See You Have a Family Decal on Your Car. Now I Will Kidnap Your Kids!'

OK, folks: Quiz time! What are the glaring problems with this letter to Annie's Mailbox -- and Annie's response? "Dear Annie" (wrote a lady): Years ago people put little placards in their kids' windows so that firefighters could find them in ...

'Don't Talk to Strangers' is Dangerous Advice

Want to keep your children safe? Teach them to talk to strangers. Oh, sure, that's easy for me to say -- Ms. Free-Range Kids. But it's not just me. "We have been trying to debunk the myth of stranger danger," says Ernie Allen. He's the head of t...

Camp Counselors Should Be Allowed to Hug Kids

Bend down! That's the new rule at my kids' camp this summer: If a counselor feels like hugging a camper, the counselor must bend down to the child's level, so the child's face does not end up buried in his or her "groin." Apparently, word of ...

Tree Branch Kills 6-Month-Old: Who Is to Blame?

On a sunny Saturday about a week ago, a healthy, leafy branch fell from a tree in Central Park and the unthinkable happened: It killed a 6-month-old girl who was in her mom's arms, just as the dad was about to take their picture. The mom was gravel...

The Real Reason Your In-Laws Don't Want You (and Your Baby) to Visit

Got a mule handy? Great! Because here's what one of the parenting magazines suggests you take along if you're traveling to, say, your brother-in-law's house for a long weekend with your baby:
A portable crib
A baby monitor Stair gates C...

Friendship Coaches? For Kids? For Real?

No more best friends! Get them out of your kid's life now! Hurry! That's what a new cadre of crazy, creepy child psychologists is recommending for our children's emotional health. So, at summer camps, they're separating the kids who finally f...

Do School Guards Really Protect Anyone?

It's the night of the dance school recital. The performances are over, a few kids are still on stage, receiving awards. The mom picks up her daughters and is about to head out when the school guard stops them: No parents are allowed to take thei...

Does a Teacher Really Need to Remind Kids, "Hydrate!"

A teacher wrote to me worried that either she's going crazy -- or her students' parents are. They've started giving their kids bottled water to keep at their desks, and begging her to remind them, throughout the day, to drink. "Have I lost it co...

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