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Birthday gifts for boys under $20

The other day, Bethany Sanders offered up some suggestions for inexpensive gifts for girls. Being a guy, I thought I'd chime in with some thoughts on some cool gifts for boys, just in case you're not quite sure what it is that little boys like these ...

Mean boys just as common as mean girls

Mean girls... they've earned quite a reputation. They're everywhere, first of all. You can't catch a TV show or movie aimed at tweens or teens without at least one mean girl in the bunch. While we expect boys to act out physically, it doesn't surpris...

Toys and gender - Is it nature, nurture, or both?

Before I was a mom, there were a lot of things I was never going to do as a parent. I was never going to let my kids watch TV, I was only going to feed them homemade, organic food. I was never going to let them play with plastic toys adorned with lic...

Preparing for a daughter

As many of you may know, I have a sixteen-month-old-son. When I first became pregnant I never thought whether I wanted a boy or a girl. I was simply thrilled to be having a child at all, and wanted only a happy, healthy child--the sex of the baby wa...

Breakfast may put boys in a good mood

The research has made it pretty clear -- breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. The name alone explains why; breakfast "breaks" the "fast" of the long night sleeping. Your body didn't need fuel while it was sleeping, but now that you...

Are girls easier to potty train than boys?

When friends of toddlers ask me for advice on potty training, I usually just shrug my shoulders. I don't really remember the "training" part of teaching my daughters to use the toilet; it just sort of happened. In fact, when my younger daughter was s...

Radar gun toting boy aims to stop speeders

Lots of little boys dream of careers in law enforcement. In preparation, they spend hours playing cop, arresting their little friends and writing tickets. But this sort of pretend police work is just child's play for Landon Wilburn of Louisville, Ken...

Bananas make baby boys?

According to a new study out of Britain's Oxford and Exeter Universities, a woman wishing to conceive a boy child would do well to stock up on bananas. Hold the penis jokes, this isn't about the phallic shape of the fruit, but the potassium in the fr...

Gender identification in kids

We're sitting next to a steamy window in the local coffee shop, my son about to unwrap a pumpkin loaf as I examine the lid of my coffee to ensure it doesn't slide off as I go to take my first sip. A woman in her forties squeezes in to the table next ...

What do you call it?

I was picking up around the house this morning when I came across Eddie, our resident stuffed gorilla. As I was about to toss him up the stairs, Ellie asked me why I was holding him by his "unpleasant spot." Huh? I looked down and saw that I was hold...

Playing with guns could help little boys learn

The British Department for Children, Schools and Families says that parents and caregivers should suppress any "natural instinct" they possess to stop little boys from playing with toy guns. According to the organization, role-playing helps to foster...

Every man wants a son, including Usher

Jennifer Jordan recently asked Parent Dish readers if they would admit, out loud and to the world, that they had a preference regarding the sex of their unborn child. Based on the comments to that post, it seems that just about everybody has preferen...

China's crude birth contol slogans banned

China's family planning policy limits most couples to just one child, sometimes two if the first is a girl. In rural areas, authorities have a rather ugly way of reminding parents of the limit - they erect signs with crude slogans such as 'One more b...

Disney's new fragrance...for preteen boys

If you asked me to name the demographic least likely to be interested in wearing a fragrance, I'd say preteen boys -- hands down -- as, chances are, a 10-year-old could care less how he smells. But not so -- at least, not according to Disney. Deidre...

The real difference between boys and girls

Today, Ellie asked me to explain to her the difference between boys and girls. Clearly, regardless of my own opinions on the matter, it is not about the hair. Realizing that perhaps I do have some of my own ingrained gender-based stereotypes, I wante...

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