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Parenting Dilemma: What Do You Tell Kids About the Easter Bunny?

"Is the Easter Bunny real, or are you the real Easter Bunny?" "Well... if you believe in the Easter Bunny, then the Easter Bunny is real." "But I just want to know if the Easter Bunny is you." She's four years old. And I'll be honest, I...

How hard is it to get an epidural?

The debate as to whether or not epidurals are a good idea is one that has and will wage for ages. And that's not what I'm here to discuss. For the sake of argument, let's say you've decided to get an epidural. Let's also say you've established...

Talking to children about death

"Where's your grandpa?" my three-year-old asked me one day, looking at a picture of my grandfather, who passed a way a couple of years before she was born. I could see that my five-year-old was looking at me intently. We've had this discussion...

Are you going to die?

Lying in the bed next to me, slowly facing the day, Jared says "I love you. You're my best buddy." I respond in kind, and then he asks, "Daddy, are you going to die?" He's serious, as I can tell from the little frown that holds his mouth captive....

The real difference between boys and girls

Today, Ellie asked me to explain to her the difference between boys and girls. Clearly, regardless of my own opinions on the matter, it is not about the hair. Realizing that perhaps I do have some of my own ingrained gender-based stereotypes, I...

Do you say "look it up?"

I was looking around online tonight when I saw something that reminded me of childhood. I can't remember how many times I would ask what a certain word meant, only to hear "look it up." I hated hearing that phrase. Why look it up when you could tell...

Sometimes, asking questions is a bad idea

Kids ask questions. There's a lot they don't know and they're curious. They want to know why the sun sets ("It's because hot air rises. The sun's hot in the middle of the day, so it rises high in the sky. In the evening then, it cools down and...

But how do reindeer fly?

Fortunately, my daughter is young enough that she pretty much believes whatever you tell her. This makes telling big, whopping holiday lies like "Santa travels in a sleigh pulled by magical reindeer" easy. But I'm sure it won't be too long before she...

Helping with the homework, are you up for it?

My son is starting to get into serious homework in his 8th grade curriculum. While this is a great thing since he will be moving on to high school next year, I had not realized just how much of a crimp it would put in my nightly routine. No longer...

Kim Cattrall pens new book for teen girls

You never know who is going to have some worthy advice to impart upon our youth, but sometimes the answer takes us a bit by surprise. Kim Cattrell, famous for her over-the-top, sex infused character, Samantha on Sex and the City, has written a new...

Six things to consider when adopting internationally

I have to thank Foodad over at noodad for this tip. He give six very important tips for parents to consider when they have adopted a child internationally. Specifically, he uses the example of adopting from China. I have some friends who are...

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