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Parents Complain About Longer Vacation

Because Christmas fell on a Thursday this year and because Christmas Eve has always been a day off, the superintendent and the school board in Howard County, Maryland decided to add two days to the beginning of winter vacation and give students the e...

Grandparents take better care of the kids

If your child care situation involves grandparents, you can rest easy knowing they are in good hands. In fact, according to a new study published in the latest issue of Pediatrics, your children might be safer with their grandparents than they are wi...

Midwestern moms more likely to go back to work

Sandy recently told us about a new Census Bureau report that found that, not only are women waiting longer to have children, many are choosing not to have children at all. That same report turned up another interesting piece of information: Midwester...

Where every day is 'take your baby to work day'

Maternity leave in the U.S. is scandalously short. If we're very, very lucky, we get six weeks of paid leave (though I've yet to meet anyone who was paid for their maternity leave). The law requires six weeks of unpaid leave, and employees who qualif...

Men who do more housework have more sex?

It bugs me when women talk about how their husbands are so great about helping out around the house. It's not that I think men shouldn't be doing household chores. It is the idea that they are doing it to help their partners, not because they feel an...

Invasion of the nanny snatchers

The title of this Globe and Mail article got my attention. (Mostly because I'm a very immature 33-year-old who giggles at the sight or mention of the word "snatch") I had seen nanny snatching happen on Desperate Housewives. And I've often thought tha...

Who is minding the children?

According to research in the UK, two out of three families in which both parents work rely on grandparents to care for the kids. This free grandparent care saves those parents an average of £2,685 per year in childcare expenses. What's more, ma...

A prayer for Kaleb

We steer away from tragic stories most of the time at ParentDish, preferring to leave those to newspapers and bigger media outlets, but sometimes there is value in relating a story of tragedy and hope, in the spirit of collective power and the possib...

Blogging Baby Size Six: The flawless drop-off

For those of us who have children in day care or preschool, we deal with separation anxiety for both ourselves and our children. Sometimes it is a chronic issue, other times it is circumstantial. Whatever the case, there are steps we can take to ease...

Could you be the ultimate nanny?

It's a tough choice for parents -- should you put your child in daycare, or not? For many people, it isn't a choice at all, as financial obligations require both parents to work. That doesn't stop people like me from worrying that I'm "outsourcing" c...

Is your partner doing enough?

Once children enter a household, things change. How could they not? Before the "blessed event," there were two people involved in the day-to-day household business. If you dirtied a plate, you washed it. If your clothes needed cleaning, well, you kne...

Do people really think working moms are neglectful?

We've all heard of the dreaded "Mommy Wars." Perhaps you don't like that name so call it what you want. But, it boils down to this: Instead of supporting each other, women tear each other down. Most of us have made the mistake of judging someone w...

Meet the Nanny

We've looked into to hiring a nanny in the past, but the convenience, low cost, and familial benefits of having my mother-in-law and sister-in-law take care of the kids have so far won out. If something changes, however, and either of them can no lon...

Babysitter or distracted mom: which is better?

"In a minute, honey," I'll say to Everett. "I've just got to talk on the phone for a few minutes." He's started to tell his little brother that he has to do his work. He's usually pretty good about it, and getting attention from ...

Babysitters go to the internet

Genevieve Thiers started a company where babysitters and parents meet each other on the internet. Using an electronic database, babysitters register and parents browse the listings until they find a sitter they'd like to try. Thiers says when she tal...

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