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Eight parenting techniques that are setting you back

When my second daughter was born, parenting was physically grueling but not much of a mental game. As long as everyone was fed, dry, and well-rested, our days ran pretty smoothly. But now that they're older, I'm finding myself having to actually pare...

PD*Poll: Mom fights church that banned autistic boy

Right on the heels of the recent story about a boy with Asperger's syndrome being voted out of his classroom comes a story out of Minnesota about a 13-year-old autistic boy who's been banned from church. According to church officials, the boy, Adam, ...

Kids behaving badly because they think they're entitled to?

A recent article in the Daily Mail suggests that a new generation of children are so spoiled they do not know how to behave in the classroom. Amanda Haehner, the incoming president of the teachers' union NASUWT, said that these children struggle to c...

Why your toddler does what she does

The other night -- roughly 2 A.M., I heard my three-year-old come out of her room. I met her in the hallway to take her back to bed, and in my stupor I couldn't wrap my mind around what I was seeing. She was dressed in her sister's pants and a Christ...

Avoiding tweener sarcasm

Sarcasm and pre-teens. The two seem to go together like Mills and McCartney. More and more often these days I hear about some mouthy kid telling off his or her mom or dad...and the child isn't even thirteen years old. I remember when I was a kid--...

Do you have a strong mommy network?

Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with a group of mothers at Ellie's dance class. We were talking about our children's friends and how difficult it is to talk to another mother when their child has misbehaved while in our homes. The upshot...

Are you raising a serial killer?

Do you remember the Pearl Jam video for the song "Jeremy?" The video and the song were both about an angry little boy who, to be blunt, takes a gun in to class and blows himself up. I was reminded of that video when I'd just brought my newborn baby...

Boy stomps show snake at festival

I am not a fan of snakes or other slithery things. It not so much that I hate them, it's more like I am afraid of them. Had I been at the St. Bernadette fair when Scott Braunstein was putting on his reptile show, I would have just kept on walking. Bu...

Tossed sausage lands boy in court

Occasionally kids do silly things -- like tossing sausages at the elderly. Not exactly model behavior, but is it really a legal matter? It is for one British 12-year-old. His mom describes the charges against him as "a joke," but the 74-year-old "vi...

Hooligans for lunch

"They're being kids, lady. Take a chill pill." That's what the man said after Rachel asked him to ask his kids to sit down. We were on our way to Calistoga for a few days rest and relaxation with Rachel's kin and had stopped to get some lunch. We end...

Teenagers really not all that rebellious

There's an interesting article in today's Washington Times about how teenagers aren't, in fact, very rebellious at all. This seems almost absurd -- especially because most of us remember being teenagers, and know that wasn't true. In fact, there's ev...

The perils of bribing

Nolan was wandering around in concentric circles, applying pressure to the vacuum button with great concentration and sense of purpose, doing everything but listening to me as I called feebly: "Nolan! I need to put on your diaper. Now." I used the fi...

Teen exhibiting strange behaviors in my kitchen

I am the kind of mother who likes to sleep in. And I know that my children don't necessarily like this fact. But during our winter breaks, I let them stay up later, and I happen to require more sleep than they do. I would set an alarm, but I have to ...

Taking my kids to their first funeral

Not even two weeks ago, our own Blogging Baby writer Heather Craven lost her father. I knew her father because in addition to being a dear friend and colleague, Heather is also my sister-in-law. I was visiting my parents in Utah when I found out. Hea...

Something wicked (*cough* terrible twos *cough*) this way comes

My daughter is generally an easy-going kid.  I'd love to take credit for the fact that she's generally happy, nothing particularly ruffles her feathers, she's loving and generous, but the truth is, she arrived in our lives that way.  She's ...

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