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Good Housekeeping's Very Innovative Products

Good Housekeeping, like many magazines, gets inundated with new products that manufacturers hope they will review favorably. Some they do and, of course, some they don't. Each year, however, some of those products stand out from the rest. Now, Good H...

Are sympathy pains for real?

Periodically I've heard stories of women whose male partners suffered what have been deemed "sympathy pains" while the women were pregnant. These included everything from feeling mildly emotional to actually feeling like they were going through lab...

Survival guide for kids leaving home

One of the fast food restaurants had a commercial wherein a young man was in a grocery store holding two packages of meat, his gaze swinging back and forth between the two. Finally, he just drops the meat and hightails it out of the store like the de...

Weeding old toys - Tell the kids or not?

"Make two piles," I told my five-year-old. "Those you want to keep and the ones you want to give away." I left her sitting in front of a gigantic basket of stuffed animals, about a quarter of her collection. We were spending the day organizing the gi...

Back-to-school is a great time to get organized

New parents quickly learn that kids come with a lot of stuff. It starts small -- a crib, a swing, a small basket of toys -- but soon toys and outgrown clothing start to reproduce in the wee hours of the night, until suddenly it's hard to remember wha...

The best Father's Day presents are FREE!

Lately it seems a lot of pressure has been placed on getting presents for each other for pretty much every holiday that comes around in a year. I don't know if it's the economy, the effect of its sluggishness on me, or some sort of pregnancy hormone ...

Grandparent views on breastfeeding

Mona Ackerman, contributor to Huffington Post and "shrink" as she calls herself, has a few choice things to say about breastfeeding. Ms. Ackerman is also a grandmother. Recently another grandmother wrote to Mona in dismay over her daughter-in-law's ...

Regular stuffed animals vs webkinz

Slate, MSN's somewhat edgy editorial column, has a new article up by Emily Bazelon, an author who writes about parenting. I've been reading her stuff for a while, well, mainly because she's funny and doesn't take herself, or parenting, too seriousl...

Camphor is dangerous for children

The Health Department warned New Yorkers this week to avoid giving products containing camphor to their children. Three seizures in children in the Bronx have been connected with camphor overdose. Children ingest it (which no one should) or it is ...

Divorce is bad for the environment

According to researchers at Michigan State University, divorce is bad for the environment. While it may seem a stretch to link the two, it's all about cohabitation. Basically, people living apart take up more space and use more resources than people ...

No time for love, Dr. Jones!

If I could have anything I wanted in the whole wide world, it wouldn't be a mansion or a brand new car or a million dollars. It would be a nap. Well, it might be a million dollars but that would only be so I could pay someone to watch my son while I...

My Pet Fish Soap

If you're like me, and can't seem to keep your kids' goldfish from dying off, this might be the product for you. It looks like (and is probably about as interesting as) a real fish in water, but there's no need to feed it or clean it's tank. Becau...

Living in sin becoming the norm

According to the US Census Bureau, more than half of households are headed by unmarried people and nearly a third of all children are growing up in unmarried homes. "These numbers suggest that couples living together can't be scandalous," says Nicky ...

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