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Will Your Child's Name Affect His Personality?

My son wants to name his unborn son Maverick. Do you think this will undermine his personality? - Concerned Grandfather Dear Grandfather: A maverick is an independent spirit who doesn't bow to convention. (During the 2008 presidential race, ...

White House Life is 'Wonderful,' Says First Grandma

First Lady Michelle Obama's mother has settled into her new digs and discovered that living with her granddaughters, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, in the White House is "wonderful." The revelation came from a beaming Marian Robinson, 71, after she gave...

Absentee Grandparents, Euna Lee, and More - Links We Love

Grandparents have their own lives, and sometimes it doesn't include their grandkids. CREDIT: Mee Lin Woon, sxc.hu
It might be summer, but in the northern states, there hasn't been a lot of beach weather this year. Here's how to handle a summer b...

Don't Call Me Grandma

Too cool for Grandma and Grandpa? Image: sxc.hu
Baby boomers, those born between the years 1946 and 1964, have never been known for maintaining the status quo. Born into the optimistic times after World War II, they rejected the staid, traditiona...

Ben Stiller, Grandparent Wars and More - Links We Love

Family vacations take planning and patience. Photo courtesy sxc.hu. School's almost out, which mean's the family road trip is drawing near. If you're traveling with anyone under the age of, oh, 25, you're going to need these tips. -- BabyCenter ...

Grandmas Who Don't Babysit

It seems that there's another controversy caused by someone in the Obama household. But this time, as the saying goes, it's personal. Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson became the nation's First Grandma when she moved into the White House to ...

Empty Nest Not So Bad After All

You've heard of "empty nest syndrome." While not an actual medical condition, empty nest occurs when one's children leave the home, mostly to go to college or to seek their fortune in the world. Women are said to be particularly affected by empty ne...

Vicks VapoRub Harmful To Infants

OK, this is kind of creepy. I am part of a parent exchange group that regularly emails ideas, etc. on the web. A recent conversation thread has centered on Vicks VapoRub, which we all decided was harmful to use on our children. Now, a new report is s...

Sleep Tips for the Whole Family

Pre-motherhood, I slept like a rock. I mean, nothing woke me up. Then I had babies and the subsequent sleep deprivation that comes as part of the package. I always thought that when my kids were finally sleeping (mostly) through the night, I'd go bac...

Gifts for Baby Boy Palin Pouring Into Alaska

Baby gifts for Bristol Palin's impending bundle of joy are pouring into Alaska from all over the world, says Alaska's first grandfather, Chuck Heath, to the tune of "hundreds of thousands" of pieces of mail. Heath, 70, says boxes are piling up in ...

Did Your Parents Become the Grandparents You Thought They'd Be?

For most of us, there was a point at which it was hard for us to imagine ourselves as parents. And, possibly, in the farthest recesses of our minds, it was even harder for us to imagine our own parents as grandparents. Inevitably, as we became more ...

In Defense of the Fake Christmas Tree

Growing up, if you'd ever asked me if I'd have a fake Christmas tree, I'd have laughed in your face. The fake trees I encountered as a child were tacky, cheap and, frankly, highly flammable. In fact, my grandparents had an artificial tree that nearl...

Family Caregivers - The Downside

Sure, there are real, quantifiable benefits to having family members take care of your kids, but there are trade-offs involved too. When my son was first born, my sister-in-law's family was living with us and she watched Jared while my wife and I wor...

Grandparents Are Safest Caregivers

Not able to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for a daycare service? Feeling guilty about getting your kids' grandparents to match them while you're at work? Well, now you can make them feel guilty should they say no, given the results of a new s...

Being Thankful for My Kids' Grandparents

The holidays aren't my favorite time of year. Four years ago, Thanksgiving was the very first holiday after my 54-year-old father passed away from colon cancer in August 2004. It was a difficult day to say the least -- I was eight months pregnant ...

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