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Too Much Sugar - How Bad?

Well, okay, maybe just one... Photo courtesy of Stockexpert.com.
I used to think of our home as a "low sugar" household. Then recently, we had visitors -- dear friends from the other coast who apparently truly do have a low sugar household. I...

Empty Threats - How Bad?

Ah, empty threats. They're like chocolate ice cream in the morning. We know we shouldn't, but then it just... happens. The following How Bad? question is from a dad who says he has a "friend" with an empty threat problem... While *I* am perfect, I...

Skipping Kids Birthday Parties - How Bad?

We are planning our childrens' combined birthday party right now. Since their birthday is in about five minutes, we thought this was a good time to start. Our kids are not twins, but their birthdays are two weeks apart, so we have a party for both of...

Cyber-Spying on Your Teen - How Bad?

This column explores the parenting crimes most parents commit now and again, and asks the question: How Bad?
There's been much in the news about teen "sexting" and tween Twittering lately, which reminds me of when I was visiting with some...

Crazy Screaming at a Child - How Bad?

My friend, R. called me this morning, upset, with a classic "how bad" question. Here's what happened: Out in the yard, her 3-year-old threw a stick. At her face. And it connected...with her nose. "Ow!" she said, tears coming to her eyes (nose pain,...

Way Stricter With One Child - How Bad?

In this column each week, an important question is asked, and answered: "Is this 'Bad Parent Behavior'? If so, ah, How Bad?" At the park with a friend last weekend, my son asked if he can have cotton candy. "No," I say. "It's 10am." My son says,...

Telling Your Kid to "Hit the Bully Back" - How Bad?

Sometimes we all have those cringe-worthy parenting moments that make us wonder: Does this make me a Bad Parent? There is no handbook for this kind of thing, so all we can do is ask: How Bad? The other night I had a dinner party, and the talk was...

Same Lunch Every Day - How Bad?

Ever had a cringe-worthy parenting moment that made you wonder: What kind of a parent does this? If no, check back in a bit for celebrity news! If yes, read on... I was picking up my little girl at preschool, when one of her little friends lifted...

Kids Watching TV All Day - How Bad?

Had any bad-parent moments lately, where you end up looking around for your Worst Parent Award while wondering just how much you've damaged your child? If your answer is no, check out Links We Love for some amazing Mommy Blog links! If you're saying...

Staying Mad at a Child - How Bad?

Ever have one of those bad-parent moments where you instantly regret your actions or words? And then you spend the next few days wondering: Did I just damage my child? If the answer is no, please click on the Daily Cutie photo above for some adorable...

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