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American Girl Dolls: The Conservative Mom's Dilemma

In a culture where wholesome, age-appropriate toys and media are hard to come by, conservative moms face an additional dilemma. Conservative values are ridiculed and misrepresented too often in "kid culture," while progressive and more liberal...

In Defense of Chores

There used to be a time when paper routes and babysitting were as a part of the teen experience as pep rallies and Clearasil. In Arizona, where I grew up and where my parents still live, my mom tells me that the middle class teenagers in her...

Parents Hate Parenting Because They're Doing it Wrong

Jennifer Senior's recent and much commented on New York Magazine article, "All Joy and No Fun", about why parents hate parenting, caught my attention -- especially since I wrote a book on how to be a happy parent. According to Senior, the...

This Summer, Give Your Kids the Gift of Boredom

During the last few weeks of school my kids brought home piles of flyers for summer camps and activities. The pressure on parents to fill those once-lazy-summer-days with organized and expensive activities is tremendous. After all, they all sound...

My First Child is Off to Summer Camp (and I Never Got to Go)

I never went to summer camp. In fifth grade, Girl Scout camp presented me with my first opportunity, but my Spanish-born mom who was unfamiliar with and somewhat suspicious of this all-American summer tradition, surmised it was an unnecessary...

Plenty of Lessons in Congressman Bob Etheridge's YouTube Moment

PRODUCTION PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE. The video of Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge grabbing a young student who approached him on the street for an on-the-fly interview has gone viral and will likely mar the North Carolina...

Have We Become Too Casual? Why I Dress My Kids Up for Church

A quick glance around your church or synagogue and you'll notice that the majority of kids are sporting t-shirts, shorts and Crocs more fitting of a day at the park than an hour in God's house. It's not at all unusual to see kids looking like...

Who Says There's Nothing Good on TV?

I often write about the sad state of television these days, but recently my mom told me about a story she saw on 60 Minutes that was uplifting, inspirational, educational, and entertaining for the whole family. I went to the show's Web site to see...

Vengeful Dad Baptizes Jewish Daughter

When Joseph Reyes baptized his three-year old daughter Catholic, his soon to be ex-wife , Rebecca, dragged him before a judge. You see, Reyes converted to Judaism and their daughter was being raised and schooled in the Jewish faith. The judge...

Parents: Don't Give Up on Abstinence Education

Let's face it. Polls and studies can be easily manipulated. In Amy Hatch's recent column, "Abstinence Education to Blame for Rise in Teen Pregnancy Rates," she cited a study by the Guttmacher Institute that concluded that pregnancy rates rose as a...

Wisconsin High School Bans Suggestive Dancing

If you grew up in the '80s, movies like Footloose and Dirty Dancing were both an indelible part of your coming of age memories and the soundtrack of your life. Who can forget what fun it was to watch Johnny teach Baby all the sexy dance moves she...

Surrogacy vs. Adoption

Forty-five year old British legal secretary, Jill Hawkins, doesn't have kids, but she's been a surrogate mom eight times. "I love being pregnant," she says, "It's a compulsion I suppose and I really miss it when I'm not pregnant." Hawkins claims...

Levi vs. Bristol: Who's Looking Out For Tripp?

After a string of spiteful, monosyllable caveman interviews that culminated in an even more cringe-inducing Playgirl spread, Levi Johnston is fighting to allow the press to be part of his child's custody battle. Last month, an Alaska judge granted...

From My Family to Yours...

Happy New Year, everyone! Sometimes things don't work out as planned, and that's what makes life fun and interesting. The video clip shows what happened when the Duffy family went to cut down their Christmas tree and my husband, Sean --...

Feminists Silent On Call For Global One-Child Policy

In a recent op-ed in the Canadian National Post, editor-at-large Diane Francis calls on world leaders, especially those attending the UN's Copenhagen Conference, to consider the environmental virtues of China's one-child policy. According to...

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