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More Moms Becoming the Family Breadwinner

For the first time ever, women really are bringing home more bacon than men -- and their husbands may be the ones frying it up in a pan. A report from the Pew Research Center released last week shows that marriage has undergone significant...

Disney Princesses Pose as Cover Girls

When it comes to Disney Princesses, I've got an "if you can't beat 'em, join em" attitude. And it's really hard to beat 'em when you've got two small girls in the house. But as much as I've come to accept sharing my home with Princess Aurora and her...

Gay Kids Tell Their Stories in CRISIS

When I first started reading CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America, I did not expect any great revelations. Having grown up in San Francisco to become an outspoken supporter of...

Hello around the world

When my daughter started her second year of preschool, the director sent out a request for anyone who spoke a foreign language to write, in that language, how one would say "Hello." Her plan was to put them up on the wall of the school so children...

Embracing the goth in you (and your teen)

Blame it on The Cure. Blame it on Edward Gory. Whatever you do, though, you can't deny the Goth. The culture, the fashion, hey, the eyeliner. It's alive and well now as it always seems to have been--at least since the late seventies/early...

Gypsy history month - $150k says Elvis was a Gypsy

Lest your kids think that Elvis is a Swedish girl, the British government is there to make sure they know that the King of Rock and Roll was actually a gypsy, even if it ends up costing them $150,000. In fact, the magazine handed out to classrooms as...

Considering race in adoption: Does it matter?

When considering adoption, how much thought or emphasis is placed on race? Well, that may have very much to do with the family planning on doing the adopting. To the adoption agencies who are supposed to be color blind because of a federal law,...

No barbies for Iranian girls

Barbie, the iconic American fashion doll, is destroying the youth and the culture of Iran. So says Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi, anyway. Najafabadi is Iran's Prosecutor General and he wants restrictions on the importation of Western toys in order to...

Tips for raising charitable children

Do you give? When are were you taught to do so as a child? Do your children? But, how exactly do we create a culture of giving in the home? It doesn't start the way I think about it--that scene from Mommy Dearest where Mommy makes Christina give...

In wake of shootings, schools practicing lockdowns

When I was a freshman in high school in Louisville, Kentucky, one strange sunny day we were all shoved into classrooms where the doors were locked. We were told to remain silent. It was only then the rumors started flying. Someone had a gun....

Kids to be banned from United Nations?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may ban kids from taking field trips to the United Nations. This is not because he thinks children don't need to see diplomacy in action or get culture. Nor is it that he thinks the UN is no place for...

Alcoholism in children

You know, there' s some truth to the notion that if you look hard enough you can find ANYTHING. I was trolling the ether this morning when I came across a topic I'd given little thought to: alcoholism in children. Not since Drew Barrymore's...

Museums and children

Yesterday I took Mercer to the American Museum of Natural History. My friend, a former New Yorker born and raised in the Big Apple said, "You took the baby to the AMNH on A Sunday afternoon???? Meaning, there were about a million other people...

Have all your friends moved away?

I've been trying to leave New York for years. I love living here, but it can be so hard. Now that I have a baby, things are so much better and yet so much harder. Many couples I know have made the bold move out of New York. They've returned to...

High school's "Avenue of Flags" too controversial

Officials at a high school in Gainesville, Georgia have decided to move a display of international flags -- intended to celebrate the diversity and unity of the community and representing countries doing business in the area or to which students have...

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