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Olympic Fun at Home: Cooperation Meets Competition

A Facebook friend posted yesterday that his four-year-old son was speed skating non-stop in the living room. Apparently, this dad had his finger on a trend, because reports began pouring in from other parents. Pairs figure skating in the dining room....

Girl Wows Australia with Her Knowledge of Neuroscience

You have to be smart to compete in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, but it's not exactly brain surgery. Still, a little knowledge of of neuroscience can come in awfully handy, as this year's 14-year-old winner found out. The Sydney Morning...

Letting a Child Win - How Bad?

"You're it!" Photo: stockxpert.com
When playing a game against your child (checkers, chess, Candy Land) do you let them win? Many parent-friends were split on this issue -- and had pretty strong feelings about it, I might add. So I asked...

Would You Drug Your Child to Enhance Academic Performance?

Giving kids stimulants like Ritalin can give them a competitive edge, but should healthy kids be drugged into success? Photo courtesy of sxc.hu. College students are buying or borrowing drugs like Ritalin from their ADHD-diagnosed peers in...

Slow Parenting - The New, Old Way of Doing Things

Does life feel like it's flying by too fast? Do you find yourself constantly telling your kids to hurry, hurry, hurry? Has it been days since you just sat and talked to your partner or children? What you might need is "slow parenting." It's a new...

Tennis Prodigy Not Old Enough for Kindergarten

It's no secret I don't care for organized sports, especially for kids. I believe they cause far too much stress, encourage an unhealthy emphasis on winning and create over-inflated egos -- and that's just the parents. Kids stand to lose much more,...

Twins and triplets face added layer of difficulty in college admissions

Getting into college is tough. There are so many choices, so much paperwork to fill out. Then there's the very likely chance that you (or your child) won't get into the college of choice. Sometimes there is a legacy to follow--mother went to a...

Teen sets new Rubik's Cube record

Remember Rubik's Cubes? Those maddening little squares of frustration that mock you with their refusal to line up properly? As a kid, I spent countless hours attempting to solve my Rubik's cube, eventually succumbing to frustration and destroying the...

Divorce: One tactic to get your kid into the right school (if you're Spanish)

Some Spanish parents are so desperate to get their kids into neighborhood schools, they are faking divorces to earn points on their children's applications. Apparently, the way the Spanish application process works, children from single-parent...

Games that make kids cry

Recently, we attended a birthday party of a little boy who turned eight years old. It was held in a clubhouse at a neighborhood playground and the boy's parents had planned a few games, including musical chairs. That didn't go over so well. The...

First World Rubik's Cube Championship in 25 years

The few times I tried to solve a Rubik's Cube, I got frustrated after 10 or 15 minutes of making absolutely no progress, and promptly gave up -- swearing it was impossible. However, the more astute problem-solvers of the world have proven it can be...

The Baby Billionaires Preschool

This month's New York Observer has a hilarious article on a fictitious Baby Billionaires Preschool, where the goal is "to provide a positive, age-appropriate experience in an environment which nurtures social and educational learning while preparing...

My child is gassier than your child

Recently Susan wrote a post about competitiveness between mothers. I've noticed a lot of competition between parents, especially the mothers, even between friends. It seems impossible to have a conversation that doesn't revolve around our children...

In praise of the average child

Ellie is what I would consider to be an average child. She isn't the star of her soccer team, she didn't start reading at two years old and she is a so-so ballerina. Actually, she might be a less than so-so when it comes to ballet, but that's another...

The holiday competition

With Santa, we had no problems, but it took a lot more explaining to assure Edan that the Easter bunny could and would be visiting her at two houses this year. For whatever reason, she was convinced that the elusive pink quadruped was going to...

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