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Savvy Mom Minnow Hamilton on Napping, Discipline and Daycare Frustration

Minnow Hamilton is the co-founder of SavvyMom, a website for time-crunched Canadian moms looking for answers to their daily dilemmas, "from diapers to dinner parties and everything in between". Hamilton went from stay-at-home mom to managing editor i...

School Calls Foul, Suspends Students Over Farmer Flap

Apparently, agricultural workers all over the country should be offended: Nine Pennsylvania high school students were suspended after taunting the opposing team at a girls basketball game by dressing in farm clothes and sporting hats emblazoned wit...

Opinion: Disgraced Athletes Should Stop Playing The Kid Card

Quarterback Michael Vick is back in the NFL, where he played sparingly for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images
Whenever a professional athlete screws up, one of the first things we hear is about how he wants to...

The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Many adults seek out yoga for both its exercise and meditative components. Can children benefit from the practice, too? Cabin Fever talked to Carolyn Burke, a yoga educator who teaches "through the family life cycle," from prenatal yoga, to yoga for ...

Trying For a Record, High School Team Fouls Out

The Jack Yates Senior High School boys basketball team, known as the Jack Yates Lions, was trying to break a record for most consecutive 100-point games. On Jan. 20, with less than three minutes left, they had scored 84 points. To try and give t...

Curb the Carbs! Snack Time is Out of Control

Are your kids overdoing the sugary snacks? Credit: halloweve1977
Who would have thought childhood snacks could create so much anxiety? But, as a diatribe in The New York Times asserts, snacks for children can be treacherous ground for many pare...

Bad Phys. Ed. Teachers Can Turn Kids Off Fitness For Life

The gym teacher has always gotten a bad rap in pop culture. From Billy Bob Thornton's sadistic Mr. Woodcock to Glee's cold-hearted cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, phys. ed. instructors are often depicted as mean and monstrous figures who scream ins...

Gymnastics Champ Urges Parents to Focus on Fun and Fitness, Not Winning

Jennifer Sey tackles the balance beam in her gymnastics days. Credit: Mark Sey Jennifer Sey, the U.S. National Gymnastics champion in 1986, writes about her experiences at the top of her sport in Chalked Up: My Life in Elite Gymna...

A Childhood Without Sports: How Bad?

"Sports are not for every child," says a mom next to me on the playground bench, as her son watches a ball whiz past him and roll to a stop in the sandbox. "What if a child is simply disinclined to be competitive? And why..." she leaned in closer...

Sports Traditions as Important During Holidays as Turkey, Gifts Under the Tree

The annual Becher-Ware Turkey Bowl. Credit: Gary Becher
Thanksgiving means family gatherings for some and pumpkin pie for others. For Scott Becher, it means the annual Becher-Ware Turkey Bowl. "It started in 1991 with seven of us playing a...

Hot Topic: Parent Sportsmanship Worse Than Ever?

Is parent sportsmanship at our kids' games in a steep decline? That's an easy one to answer, since examples of adults behaving badly on youth sports sidelines are about as easy to find as the games themselves. Today we heard about...

Bad Judgment - Sports Edition

Are you an over-the-top fan? Credit: Getty Images
We all make mistakes. Some of us make them in public. Today we share with you two people who really should have known better. First up -- Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker, who...

Girls Beat Boys in Soap-Box Derby

I am girl-driver, hear me roar Don't tell 10-year-old Sarah Whitaker it's a man's world. Or Megan Thornton, or Maija Liimatainen or Megan Hydutsky. The young soap-box racers muscled their way past the boys to take four of six championships at th...

Kids and Extracurriculars - When Do You Let Them Quit?

When kids are ready to quit, do you let them?. Photo: sxc.hu
Extracurricular activities are a child's way of trying out new things and figuring out what fits. Dance, at our house, is one activity that never changes -- the kids look forward to ...

Tennis Prodigy Not Old Enough for Kindergarten

It's no secret I don't care for organized sports, especially for kids. I believe they cause far too much stress, encourage an unhealthy emphasis on winning and create over-inflated egos -- and that's just the parents. Kids stand to lose much more, in...

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