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Children See -- Parents as role models

We've all seen it -- a child says something wildly inappropriate and shocks the adults around her. Her parents shake their heads, "We don't know where she gets this stuff." It's happened to me, and because my kids spend nearly all day, every day with...

Child's sunburn lands dad in hot water

When Bobby Jones played outside with his two-year-old son recently, a neighbor said that she thought he was very "attentive." Not attentive enough, apparently. Jones neglected to protect his toddler from the sun, and the boy developed second and...

Child welfare group says aid workers abusing children

The recent headlines coming out of Myanmar and China are hard to read -- devastation, disease, lives lost. It's a helpless feeling, being unable to send little more than donations to aid organization and fervent wishes for hope and recovery. We leave...

Julie Andrews' messed up childhood

Actress Julie Andrews has written a book about her life and the story she tells is not a pretty one. In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Andrews shares her memories of growing up in England with her mother, Barbara, and her stepfather, Ted Wells....

Salma Hayek admits she wanted a son

Next month's issue of Glamour magazine has an interview with actress Salma Hayek, mom to 5-month-old daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault. In it, she talks about her work with V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. She...

Study shows college students abusing prescription drugs

A study recently published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine reports that as many as one fifth of college students are abusing painkillers and prescription drugs to get high. Also according to the report, students who take such...

The side effects of spanking

Spanking. It's definitely old-school, but in many parenting circles, it's still around. Parents who use it claim that it's the only way to demand respect, to get kids to pay attention and listen, especially in today's modern culture. Critics call it...

Regret and the absentee father

A friend of mine recently confided that she's in an emotional quandary about how to deal with the man she refers to as her "sperm donor." This man is her biological father but she has not seen him since the age of five. Her mother divorced him after...

Caged twins doing well

Two nine-year-old boys who, in August 2003, were found living in cockroach-infested, makeshift cages, unable even to speak, are now doing much better, thanks to the kindness of a very special couple. At the time they were discovered, they were...

Halle Berry's violent childhood

Actress and soon-to-be-mom Halle Berry has opened up for the first time about her childhood trauma with an abusive father. She tells James Lipton on The Actor's Studio that while her father Jerome physically abused her mother and sister, he never...

Child forced to be real life 'Artful Dodger'

I got teary-eyed watching this video. It's from a surveillance camera located in Lucky Leo's, an arcade in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. In it, you see two small children accompanied by an adult hanging out in the arcade. Nothing exceptional there,...

Chef Gordon Ramsey helps abused women

Chef Gordon Ramsey, star of the show Hell's Kitchen, was on Larry King last night talking about his life. He also has written a piece for CNN.com where he tells about his childhood, growing up in fear as his mother was violently abused at the hands...

Parents sue daycare over thumbtack punishment

Throughout Christy's childhood, she attended a number of different daycare centers. Some where small, independent operations and others were national chains. For reasons that don't make sense even to me, I always felt more comfortable when she was in...

Are we teaching kids to fear men?

A while back, I wrote about men in the UK shying away from volunteer work with children for fear of being labeled as pedophiles. Based on the comments I received, this isn't an uncommon fear. Are we, as parents, teaching our children to fear men?...

Chinese 8-year-old runs 2,200 miles

While I do my best to stay fit, I'm lucky if I can make it 2 miles without sucking wind and getting dizzy. What makes that all the more embarrassing is that this 8-year-old can outrun me -- by about 2,198 miles. Only July 3, Zhang Huimin started...

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