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Have a Sexy Halloween: Lolita Costumes for Young Girls

Every year around this time, moms of young girls and teens go through a relatively new Halloween ritual: Steering our daughters away from the increasingly sexy costume choices in stores, catalogs and online costume Web sites. This wasn't always th...

The Real Reason Behind America's Lack of Civility: Parents

When President Obama told CBS's 60 Minutes recently that our country is suffering from a lack of civility, most Americans understood that he was talking about Rep. Joe Wilson (the congressman who famously shouted "You Lie!" during his speech), po...

British Doctors Leave Preemie to Die

Baby Jayden had the misfortune of being born two days too early. Even though he was born at 21 weeks and 5 days into his mother's pregnancy, the preemie had a strong heartbeat and was moving his arms and legs upon delivery. But according to his mo...

Gory Texting PSA is Good for Teens

Thirteen years ago, I survived a head-on collision after the driver of an oncoming vehicle fell asleep at the wheel. The accident was gruesome. My boyfriend and his friend, the driver of our rental car, died in the accident. I was ejected out of the ...

The Perils Of Disciplining In Public

Recent video of a woman from Gaylesville, Georgia dragging her son through a Verizon store has sparked heated online debates about what constitutes appropriate punishment and the challenges of exercising discipline in public. Melissa Catherine S...

Tweeting During Labor: Too Much 411

Is tweeting during labor the ultimate in mommy multi-tasking? Sara Williams, wife of Twitter CEO, Evan Williams, tweeted updates for her followers while in labor all the way up to finally getting her epidural shot. Dad took over to tweet the bir...

Breastfeeding Doll Sparks Controversy

Bebé Gloten, a new breastfeeding doll from a Spanish toy company, is stirring up a lot of controversy. Parents and experts are wondering whether the benefits of playing "breastfeeding mommy" outweigh the age-appropriateness of a doll that re...

We Love JK's Wedding Entrance Dance

The Youtube phenomenon known as "JK (Jill and Kevin) Wedding Entrance Dance," a home video of a wedding party, bride and groom, dancing down the aisle to the catchy Chris Brown song "Forever," has spawned more than ten million hits and 50,0000 commen...

Feminist Site Geared Toward Teens Helpful or Hurtful?

Julie Zeilinger is a self-described "angry" feminist, which is why she started her own website community for like-minded feminists who "have enough social awareness to be angry and who want to verbalize that anger." The thing is, Julie is not a Women...

'Real World' Star, Now Mom, Says 'NYC Prep' is Bad News

Bravo's hit reality show, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," is the most deliciously guilty mom pleasure since cookie dough ice cream hit grocery store freezers. Ironically, its teen counterpart, "NYC Prep," is drawing criticism from the same moms ...

Bear Encounter

Last night, as my husband, Sean, lay sleeping and I was brushing my teeth, I suddenly heard strange and terrifying noises outside my second-story bathroom window. Animal screams, I thought. Then, sounds of branches breaking and cracking underfoot. Wh...

Jenny Sanford Puts Her Kids First, the Governor Second

Over the weekend, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford confessed, in a rambling live statement to the press, that he has been having an affair with a woman in Argentina. Since her husband's bizarre press conference, the Governor's wife, Jenny, has si...

Should California Pay Welfare Parents to Stay Home?

Should the government pay those on welfare to stay home and care for their kids? That's the question Los Angeles officials are asking as the number of unemployed rises and California deals with a budget crises that threatens to land the state in b...

Why You and Your Kids Should See Pixar's 'UP'

Last week, my three oldest kids and I had a date night. We went to a 50s style diner, had hamburgers, fries and milkshakes, and headed to the 7:30 PM show. Not having read any reviews prior, I purchased tickets for Pixar's "Up" fully expecting that I...

The Timeless Influence of Nancy Drew

Supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor says Nancy Drew was her girlhood hero. So do Sandra Day O'Connor, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush. I also grew up reading Nancy Drew and can easily say that I was profoundly influenced by the brainy, courageous a...

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