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New York Teacher Accused of Staging Student Wrestling Match

When the kids are fighting, have you ever wanted to just lock them in a room for a while to see which one is left standing? But while none of us would ever actually go to such an extreme, a Queens, N.Y., teacher and an aide have been accused of doi...

Forcing an Apology: How Bad?

Should you force your child to apologize? Credit: Photodisc At the playground recently, a tussle over sand toys ended with one mom demanding her child apologize. He wouldn't. The wronged child stood there for five minutes while the parent of the...

Couples who fight live longer

My husband and I are both pretty adept in the art of conflict avoidance. Neither of us likes to fight and we rarely engage in a good knock-down, drag-out. Not that we get along perfectly all the time, but sometimes it just seems easier to leave it be...

Your older brother makes you angry (but not your older sister)

If you have an older brother, chances are you're a more aggressive person than you would've been if you'd had a sister instead. That's the news from Brian White on our partner site, That's Fit. He points out a recent survey that found that children...

Girl fight at Chuck E. Cheese

The last time I visited Chuck E. Cheese (and I hope it really was the last time), I was surprised at the number of teenagers hanging out at the kid-themed pizza place. These older kids were rough and loud and ran around as if they owned the place. El...

Prosecuting parents for insulting each other

Australian parents had better think twice before they start sniping at each other in front of the kids. Australian courts, recognizing the emotional damage that parents hurling insults at one another can have on young children, are moving to put a st...

Hooligans for lunch

"They're being kids, lady. Take a chill pill." That's what the man said after Rachel asked him to ask his kids to sit down. We were on our way to Calistoga for a few days rest and relaxation with Rachel's kin and had stopped to get some lunch. We end...

Parents unhappy with policy against fighting

Like many schools, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School in North-Western New York has a zero-tolerance policy about fighting at school. Some parents, however, are calling it a zero-thinking policy. The way the policy is being implemented, if one student...

Sharing the kids for the holidays

As the holidays are approaching, it is time for those of us with split families to start planning just how we will share them. Many divorces have decrees that state exactly which household will host the kids for the chosen holidays. When my ex-husban...

School involvement and kids' health risks

Getting teenagers more active in school life may lower the odds that they will smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex. This was suggested by a study, summarized on MedlinePlus and presented in the September issue of American Journal of Public Health. In...

Football parent attacks thirteen-year-old

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of organized sports; call me a sissy if you like, but I just don't think it healthy to get so wrapped up in what is supposed to be "just a game." Here's an example of why my kids will be swimming or climbing or tumbl...

UK: British girls among the most violent in the world

From the Guardian:  a new study seems to indicate that British girls are among the most violent in the world.  England and Scotland came fifth and sixth in a table showing level of violence among 11 -- 15-year-old girls in 35 developed coun...

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