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Opinion: Don't Let Picture Books Die!

Dear parents: Illustrations don't make your kids dumb. Illustration by Christopher Healy
Apparently kids aren't reading picture books anymore. That's what's happening, according to an article recently published in The New York Times. Boo...
Dear parents: Illustrations don't make your kids dumb.

Opinion: Banning 'D' Grades Puts Undue Pressure on Students

Isn't high school stressful enough? Credit: Getty Images
In the Mount Olive, N.J. school district, "D" is defunct -- banned on report cards. Now, students who receive less than a grade of C automatically fail. Mount Olive school district sup...

Texting - Is it Bad for Teens?

Has texting become hazardous for teens? Photo courtesy ydhso on Flickr.
The beginning of a recent "New York Times" piece on teens and texting reads like a Dr. Seuss book:
They do it late at night when their parents are asleep. They do it in r...

Slow Parenting - The New, Old Way of Doing Things

Does life feel like it's flying by too fast? Do you find yourself constantly telling your kids to hurry, hurry, hurry? Has it been days since you just sat and talked to your partner or children? What you might need is "slow parenting." It's a new ter...

Teen Girls Say Rihanna Is to Blame for Assault

Think your daughter knows her boyfriend shouldn't hit her? Think again -- teen girls are rushing to defend Chris Brown, and are placing the blame for her beating squarely on Rihanna. Last week, Oprah Winfrey devoted an entire show to talking about...

Playing Outside Makes Kids Smarter

Schools are cutting recess -- that's a shame -- but parents also need to make an effort to get kids out of the house and into the yard. In the race to help kids get ahead academically, American schools seem to take a spaghetti at the wall approac...

Why A Good Cry May Not Be So Good For You

Crying is a big part of being a parent -- oh I don't mean to imply that parents cry a lot (although let's face it, nothing will bring you to tears faster than seeing your child hurt or in pain). I mean that as parents, we deal with crying on a daily ...

Genetic Test Tells You What Sports Your Kid Should Play

It's basketball season at my house, which means lots of playing H-O-R-S-E in the driveway with my sons. I have one child who is a natural athlete, at least at the sports he has tried so far, and one who loves the social aspects of playing on a team b...

When is a Birthmark Cause for Concern?

My new daughter has a tiny little red dot under her nose, right between her nostrils. She's had it since she was born (she is now six weeks old). I'm assuming that, if it doesn't go away, it will be a birthmark. This mark is small and I am not ove...

More New York Moms Choosing to Birth at Home

Wow. Here's a loaded topic! Want to have your baby at home? Home birth is a process that has been eschewed--well, OK, to use the word from a recent New York Times article on the subject, "condemned"--by the American College of Obstetricians and Gyne...

Will obesity in a pregnant woman sway her kid's vote?

I gotta tell ya, after reading this article, it's doubtful. Possible, sure--anything is--but doubtful. I love Olivia Judson, the biologist and oft-contributor to the New York Times. She brings out the science nerd buried not so far within me. Her ...

Embracing the goth in you (and your teen)

Blame it on The Cure. Blame it on Edward Gory. Whatever you do, though, you can't deny the Goth. The culture, the fashion, hey, the eyeliner. It's alive and well now as it always seems to have been--at least since the late seventies/early eighties...

Top food "mistakes" parents make

Getting your child to eat healthfully can be harder than a 48-hour labor. Much of the time, where picky eaters come from is unknown, although it seems able to start at an early age and set in for the duration of childhood if we're not careful. For m...

Do money smarts make for a better marriage?

There's that age-old saying that you should marry for love, not for money. I am not sure whether there is any truth to that, but I can say one thing about the subject. Based on my experience, whether you have a lot or a little of it, money does play...

Breast milk lacks vitamin D

Is there a downside to breastfeeding? A new report from the New York Times might have you thinking so. In a recent article, several studies monitoring a lack of vitamin D in infants might support that breastmilk is not enough to prevent things like ...

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