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American Parents Are Chicken

What we consider "normal" parenting here in America is pretty much considered wackadoo in most of the rest of the world, especially when it comes to what we consider dangerous. In Japan, for instance, the kids walk to school -- or take those...What we consider "normal" parenting here in America is pretty much considered wackadoo in most of the rest of the world, especially when it comes to what we consider dangerous.

Girl Let Off a Wrong Bus Stop NOT Molested and Left For Dead

It happens every so often at the beginning of the school year and this September was no exception. The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reports that, sadly, a 7-year-old was let off at the wrong bus stop the other day, even after she told the bus driver...It happens every once in a while at the beginning of the school year and this September was no exception. The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reports that, sadly, a 7-year-old was let off at the wrong bus stop the other day, even after she told the bus driver it was not where she was supposed to get off. It was, instead, four blocks from her house.

Does a Teacher Really Need to Remind Kids, "Hydrate!"

A teacher wrote to me worried that either she's going crazy -- or her students' parents are. They've started giving their kids bottled water to keep at their desks, and begging her to remind them, throughout the day, to drink. "Have I lost it...

Would You Let Your 8-Year-Old Play at the Park Without You?

Boo boos. Bathrooms. Predators. Those are the three big objections that keep coming up -- though not necessarily in that order -- when I mention that this coming Saturday, May 22, is, "Take Our Children to the Park...And Leave Them There Day."...

How 'CSI' Changed Parenting

Ever wonder why your parents let you play outside and maybe even walk to piano lessons, but now those things seem incredibly scary? The answer could be "CSI." Well, not just "CSI," but the fact is: when we watch scary shows like it, and "Law...

Hot Diggity Death!

If you give a mouse a cookie, you get a cute little book. If you give a kid a hot dog, you could be booked for attempted manslaughter. That's what it's starting to sound like, anyway. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a report...

Peanut Allergies - Have We Gone Too Far?

A Massachusetts school bus driver recently evacuated a bus full of children to protect them from danger ... a stray peanut that had fallen on the floor. If that seems like overkill to you, you aren't alone. Though peanut allergies have increased...

Clay Aiken's baby health scare

Mr. Aiken, welcome to the wonderful world of parenting. Sure, it's one filled with joy and happiness, but it's also, more than occasionally, one filled with fear. Clay Aiken learned about this less seemly side of parenting just weeks after the birth...

DailyDish: Make a visit to a new school

Got a young 'un starting kindergarten? An older kid moving to a new school? Here's how to ease the transition....

British headmaster advises scaring kids on a daily basis

Last week, Christina Sbarro wrote about our tendency to bubble wrap our children; this week, the British press is reporting that the headmaster of Wellington College that unless we allow our children to feel afraid, they will never learn to overcome...

When did I become a wimp?

Back in the day, I was known for being fearless. The Texas Cyclone roller coaster scared me not one bit and I was respected among my peers for my willingness to try just about anything, however ill-advised. I was the first among my friends to attempt...

Needlessly scaring young children

Madeleine McCann's family is still looking for their little girl and are running advertisements in movie theaters to raise awareness of their plight. One clip that was shown to a UK audience of children waiting to see Shrek the Third has some...

Let's stop being scared

The bogeyman is out there, waiting to snatch your child at random. Or, at least, this was the message from my television last night, as I watched a random legal drama in which a generically cute little girl is whisked away from the playground by a...

Family suing over "timeout" room

A family in Seaford, New York is suing the local school district over what they deem as an inappropriate use of timeout for their son. The nine year-old boy, Matthew Grogan, who attends special education classes at Seaford Harbor Elementary School,...

Starting Kindergarten -- A Teacher's View

One of our readers, Stacy, wrote to us and asked us to share about our experiences (if we'd had them) with our children starting kindergarten. Yesterday, Jen Creer shared her experiences with her kids; today is my turn. Okay, so I cheated. My wife...

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