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Do You Search Your Child's Bedroom?

Are you wondering what to look for when you search your child's bedroom? New York State Senator Eric Adams wants to show you. Literally show you. On YouTube. Here's the video: Who says government officials aren't looking out for us? Adams, ...A New York politician says that children have no legal right to privacy while they live in your home.

What Would You Do if Your Child Was Suspended for Not Being Potty Trained?

Start working on potty training if you don't want your kid to get suspended. Credit: Getty Images A recent article in the Washington Post tells the tale of 3-year-old Zoe, who was -- no joke -- suspended from Arlington Public Schools' ...A recent article in the Washington Post tells the tale of 3-year-old Zoe, who was suspended from Arlington Public Schools' Montessori preschool for not being potty trained.

Should Doctors Be Banned From Asking Parents if They Own Guns?

One Florida lawmaker says whether or not parents have guns at home is none of their doctor's business. Credit: Getty Images A Florida politician has introduced a bill that would ban doctors from asking parents if they own guns. ABC New...A Florida politician has introduced a bill that would ban doctors from asking parents if they own guns.

Who Decides a Child's Religion in a Divorce?

After you and your spouse split, who gets to make the religious decisions? Credit: Getty Images The Chicago Sun-Times has a story that proves the old adage about truth being stranger than fiction. Here's the basics: exotic dancer marri...One couple had so much trouble figuring it out that they ended up in court. What would you do?

Did You Like What President Obama Said About Education?

Credit: Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images We've been talking a lot about education on the Chatterbox recently. Perhaps President Obama is a fan, since he talked quite a bit about education in last night's State of the Union Address. ...
He emphasized the importance of parents in the educational process, saying that "It's family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done."

Should High School Students Be Searched for Guns?

Backpack contents: Homework, lunch and ... gun? Credit: Getty Images Two students were shot at Gardena High School in Los Angeles. But this wasn't another Columbine. The shooting was an accident -- a fellow classmate had a gun in his b...Should students have to pass through metal detectors or undergo some kind of weapons check before entering school?

Why Are Toys More Regulated Than Guns?

Toys are regulated more strictly than guns. Does that make you feel safe? Credit: Corbis A recent column in The New York Times has a provocative headline: Why Not Regulate Guns as Seriously as Toys? Actually, it's a good question. ...I can't even buy certain cold medicines without a prescription. But I could buy a handgun.

Are Jared Loughner's Parents to Blame for His Actions?

A note from a 10-year-old boy lies in the memorial for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside her Tucson, Arizona, office. Credit: Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times/MCT A columnist in the Philadelphia Daily News asks the following: "At t...Shouldn't Loughner's parents have had some idea of what he was capable of?

Should Texas Cops Be Giving Tickets to 6-Year-Olds?

Watch it, kindergartner. Credit: Corbis This may sound like a ridiculous question, but according to a report on Yahoo! News, Texas cops are indeed giving tickets to 6-year-olds. What crimes are being committed in kindergarten? Dis...According to Yahoo! News, "1,000 tickets to elementary school children in 10 school districts" over a period of six years.

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Pretend Play Time?

Not all toys have to plug in. Credit: Getty Images Back in the day, "play time" didn't mean "screen time," because there weren't that many screens available. Now, of course, children have so many electronic entertainment options that...Children have so many electronic entertainment options that they may not be getting enough good old fashioned pretend play.

Do You Go Tanning With Your Kids?

If you go tanning with your kid, are you setting them up for a future of health problems and, perhaps worse, a starring role on "Jersey Shore?" Credit: AP Photo/MTV When teens go to the tanning salon, they typically get thei...

Can You Control What Your Children Eat?

Just try and stop him. Credit: Corbis
A new study from Johns Hopkins University makes a somewhat startling claim -- that parents don't have much control over what their children eat. Or maybe this finding shouldn't be all that...

Should the Government Do More to Stop Kids From Smoking?

Should Uncle Sam keep your kid from lighting up? Credit: Corbis By now we all know that smoking is bad for your health. But some believe that the government should do more to prevent children from ever taking a puff. A recent editori...

Is Your Child Getting a Healthy School Lunch?

Is your child eating a healthy lunch? Credit: AP, Paul Sakuma President Barack Obama recently signed a bill designed to make school lunches healthier. First Lady Michelle Obama, who has campaigned against childhood obesity, praised t...

When Should Kids Start Using Computers?

Kids as young as 4 are spending 50 minutes a day on the computer. Credit: Getty Images Parents know how much their kids love computers. Sometimes they're just playing games, but computers have become an important part of education as w...

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