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U.S. Schools Are Just Average, International Study Says

U.S. students still lag behind kids in other nations, but American girls still rock when it comes to reading. Credit: Getty
Want your child to get a better-than-average education? It might be time to consider moving to Korea or Finland. In...
American students earn a C average in international testing scores.

American Parents Are Chicken

What we consider "normal" parenting here in America is pretty much considered wackadoo in most of the rest of the world, especially when it comes to what we consider dangerous. In Japan, for instance, the kids walk to school -- or take those...What we consider "normal" parenting here in America is pretty much considered wackadoo in most of the rest of the world, especially when it comes to what we consider dangerous.

Florida Boy Takes 13 Million Steps Across America to Combat Homelessness

Zach Bonner strides the final mile in Atlanta in 2008, on one of his walks to bring awareness to the plight of homeless youth. Credit: Laurie Bonner
Have you ever walked a mile in someone else's shoes? OK, how about 2,478 miles? Zach Bonner, 12,...

With Liberty and Justice for Baby Names

If your due date falls around Independence Day, the idea has probably crossed your mind: "Born on the 4th of July." Should you mark the occasion with a name, at least a middle name? A generation ago, a founding father name like Madison or...

Obama's kids "earn" their White House puppy

Yay! We have a new president elect. And you know what that means, right? I'm sure you're focused, as I was, on all the talk of the economy, healthcare and the war. But there was one more little thing Obama addressed in his acceptance speech that I...

Julia Hudson speaks about son via MySpace

As we all know too well by now, actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were taken from her and her sister, Julia, in what is sure to be one of the biggest tragedies in Hollywood and America. Even more alarming than the...

Denis Leary makes asinine comments about autistic children

When this newsbite from our colleagues at CeleBitchy made its way into the ParentDish inbox, I swear it seemed familiar. I thought for sure we'd recently written about Denis Leary making ridiculous comments that children with autism were actually...

The economics of love

Actor, comedian and some-time eyedrop commercial maker Ben Stein, who once offered America the chance to win his money, has written a funny and telling article over at the New York Times. Most of us know by now the man who is most famous for asking...

Films for the fourth

With some cities canceling their fireworks celebrations due to budget problems, watching a good old patriotic film might just be the alternative you're looking for. But what to watch? There are so many to choose from? Well, here's a list of a few of...

A Little More: Red, white and blue

"You look like a flag," my husband Tom tells me and I smile, because I know what he means. We go through this every summer in the days leading up to the 4th of July. It's a bit ridiculous, I know: cheesy and sentimental and a little over-the-top....

Sex and the American Dad

Be they conservative or liberal, atheist or devout, young or old, there's one thing almost all dads can agree on: We like sex. To find out a little more about what the average American dad thinks about the subject, AOL and Cookie magazine are running...

Split families and the holidays

With whom do you spend your holidays? Do you rotate them between your and your spouse's families? Do you hot one set for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas/Hanukkah? What about when divorce is involved? With our families, the holidays become a...

Have baby: Will travel...rocking and strolling

Yesterday morning after only a few minor catastrophes we managed to get out of the hotel and back on the road. Until the very last minute, no one peed on anything inappropriate (not even Don). Then while Don was getting the car loaded and after I...

Five best American cities to have a baby

So, you're at home, thinking about having a baby and moving. (Might I just add that having a baby while moving really isn't fun? I've done it and I definitely ask for you to think twice about packing up the U-Haul and driving 2,000 miles.) You're set...

Blogging Baby Sleepover Post: Wednesday, November 8

One of the best things about my other job is that periodically I get to travel North to the great beyond of Canada. Normally, I love to travel. There is an excitement and adventure to waiting in foreign terminals and arriving in beautiful places....

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