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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 tra...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.

Let Go of Your College Kid!

This will come as a big shock: Parents are more involved than ever with getting their kids into college. That's what a survey of college admissions officers by the Kaplan test prep folks found out, including the fact that 77 percent of the offic...This will come as a big shock: Parents are more involved than ever with getting their kids into college.

'I See You Have a Family Decal on Your Car. Now I Will Kidnap Your Kids!'

OK, folks: Quiz time! What are the glaring problems with this letter to Annie's Mailbox -- and Annie's response? "Dear Annie" (wrote a lady): Years ago people put little placards in their kids' windows so that firefighters could find them in ...

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 co...

Is Any Baby Product Safe Enough?

Grab your babies out of their Gracos! The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just declared Graco's Harmony high chair a hideous hazard to humanity. How hideous? Of the 1.2 million units sold, the Commission has received -- sit down (and try ...

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