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Neil Gaiman, TV Time, and Nature-Inspired Baby Names - Links We Love

You want to create a family budget, but aren't sure how to get started. Here's a good place to start: Keep track of your receipts for one month. -- Alpha Mom Same-sex birthday parties are a common way to manage the headcount at birthday parties,...

School Lunch Should Be a Dining Experience

A few months into the first grade, I realized that my kid was having a problem at school. Lunch. Every morning I would fill Ellie's lunch box up -- and every afternoon I would find it almost completely untouched. She might drink the juice, but that...

"My Kid Will Only Eat White Food!"

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Katie Workman lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, Jack and Charlie. By day she is the Editor-in Chief of the recipe website Cookstr.com. You can read all of the Dishing...

NY Governor Wants to Tax Soda

New York State Gov. David Patterson proposed this week that all non-diet sodas be taxed, as part of his $121 million budget plan for 2009. Patterson's so called "obesity tax" would levy a 15 percent tax on carbonated drinks like Coca-Cola. The tax...

McDonald's burgers built to last

Karen Hanrahan is a wellness educator who teaches a workshop titled Healthy Choices for Children. Her class is for parents and is intended to teach them about healthy alternatives to the processed food products so widely available today. To...

Fridgewatcher lets you share your leftovers with the world

People all over the world are opening wide their refrigerator doors and sharing their contents with the public on a site called Fridgewatcher. According to Fridgewatcher, "every fridge tells a story." And you know what? After being sucked into this...

Are adventurous eaters born or made?

Lesley Porcelli over at Gourmet isn't a mom yet, but she's well on her way and pondering what kind of eater her kid will be. Like a lot of non-parents, she readily admits that she has strong opinions about successful parenting, particularly when it...

The worst kids meal in America, and other food disasters

It's a pretty well known fact that fast food is bad. It's fast food, right? It's convenient and you can drive up to it and pay for it with the crusty quarters filling your car ashtray and sometimes vegetable chopping for salads is too much of a pain...

Six health habits not to teach your children

Do as I say, not as I do...isn't that how the saying goes? When it comes to health and fitness, however, it's more like the family that eats right and exercises together stays healthy together. Role modeling is an important part of teaching kids...

Campbell's to reduce sodium in kids soups

Last night when Ellie and I went out to dinner, we had some chips and salsa for an appetizer. I noticed right away that the chips on the top had a lot of salt on them, so I dug underneath to find some less-seasoned ones. I also noticed right away...

Picky eating habits are in the genes, not your bad parenting

I have written in previous posts about my frustrations regarding my youngest son's eating habits. Devon prefers mostly sweet foods, goat's milk or soft things. He shuns nearly all forms of protein, almost anything that grows in the ground and food...

Spare tire

A fluffy pillow. That is how Hud describes my stomach we settle in to watch whatever screechy episode of animation that's on when I get home from work. Hud is at an age where he is beginning to differentiate between body shapes and has recently began...

Entire town goes on diet to curb childhood obesity

An entire town in the United States went on a diet recently, and not surprisingly, the resident kids reaped some great benefits. The project, called "Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard" landed in Somerville due to its large population of...

Obese kids 134 percent hungrier after watching TV food ads

For some time now, there's been a push to curb the way companies market products to our kids. When it comes to food, these lobbyists might have a point. A recent study by Liverpool University found that this advertising has a significant and...

Teachers encouraged to do "lunchbox checks"

I've been reading a lot about the UK's recent quest to address the growing obesity epidemic in its children. I've seen articles on everything from banning junk food commercials to overhauling cafeterias to serve only healthy snacks. But the latest...

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