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Sex-Change Drugs Given to Children as Young as 12

The drugs stop puberty and stunt sex organs. Credit: Getty Images
You suddenly realize you are a woman trapped in a man's body.
Bummer. This could be the worst year of elementary school ever. Some people will tell you, the age of...
"Mom, can I get a Justin Bieber backpack and a sex-change operation?"

Taking the Family to a Hot Spot Abroad? Stay Safe by Planning Ahead

A little planning can make international travel with kids go smoothly. Credit: jupiterimages
Thinking of trading Toronto for Thailand or skipping Madrid for Mumbai on your next family vacation? As the recession eases, more families are making...

Bathroom Cameras a Good Thing, Says School

Someone installs cameras in the school bathrooms, hoping to catch teenage girls involved in some "horseplay." Sounds like it's time to call the police, yes? Or Joe Francis. But wait, not only is the school well aware of the situation, it put them the...

Woman kidnaps first grader to prove it can be done

(Top 10 Shocking Parenting Screw-ups) Laurinda Drake claims that all she wanted to do was prove to school officials that kidnapping a child from Jo Mackey Elementary would be a piece of cake. Apparently, it was a piece of cake, but authorities did...

Tasers in the classroom?

Tasers have gotten a lot of bad press lately, what with over-zealous use by some members of the law enforcement community. In fact, I'm not sure there really could be anything but bad press about the devices which use electricity to shock a target in...

Airports test family friendly security lanes

How many times have you seen someone traveling with children struggling get it together in the security check-in line? Trying to keep an eye on the kids while collapsing a stroller, digging for identification and removing shoes can be quite a task. T...

New York investigates Facebook

I have to admit, I don't get Facebook. Admittedly, I haven't invested much time in exploring its capabilities, but on the face of it, it seems rather simplistic. Apparently, however, it's very popular with kids and adults alike. Of course, whenever y...

Some college orientations focus on campus safety

Soon, college campus all over will be filled with freshman, many of them away from home for the first time in their lives. And while roommates, professors and parties are probably on their minds, so is campus safety. The Virginia Tech shootings earli...

7-year-old on TSA's "no fly" list of suspected terrorists

Somewhere there's a Michael Martin that -- at least according to the TSA -- would pose a security threat if he boarded an aircraft. But it's not this kid. This Michael Martin is 7-years-old. He is 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 55 lbs. He looks ...

Image of the Day: Safety in dad's grasp

One of the best feelings of childhood is that of absolute security from a parent. The safety and comfort that a mom or dad's hug or hand can offer is bliss. North Idaho Dad and his daughter look like they have found a peaceful balance in this picture...

Image of the Day: Dreams and clouds

Some of the essential elements that make the perfect summer afternoon are caught in this beautiful Image of the Day sent to us by Emily (RWB). An exhilerating run through the park, a slight breeze in the air, a few puffy clouds framed against a crisp...

Sippy cup crisis at Reagan airport

The last time I was on an airplane was a trip to Disneyland with my father in December, 2000. Shortly before the trip, my sister managed to lose his California ID card, so we had to get by with his Usher ID card from the San Francisco Opera House -- ...

NannyCams: do you tell?

Over the past few years, Rachel and I have frequently talked about hiring a nanny to watch the kids. Never mind, for the moment, that we can't really afford it. Currently, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law watch the kids during the day, but my MIL, ...

When the chicks fly the nest. The end of the family bed?

A few weeks ago I promised a couple of readers that I would update them when, and if, my family bed statues changed. Well, rest assured those of you who had a raised eyebrow or two over my 13 year-old son's presence in the family bed, he has made the...

What would Jen do? Taking your 14-month-old on an international flight

Hello, and welcome back to What would Jen do? This week we have a question from a reader who is also named Jen. She wrote: This isn't really a tip, but a plea for help! I am travelling with my 14month old son on Saturday to the US (7hrs, Heathrow to ...

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