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Preschooler investigated for threatening his friends

I don't know why the teachers at The Family Development Center at University of Colorado would take away a child's pillow right before nap time, but for some reason they did. And the child who lost his pillow was not happy. In fact, 4-year-old Kyle k...

Teen's braces save his life

Most kids wear their braces grudgingly. The pay-off for the pain is usually a long time coming and teens aren't known for their patience. But there is at least one kid who got more than he bargained for from his braces, and he didn't have to wait yea...

Maddox Jolie-Pitt loves war

There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to letting kids play with toys guns. Some parents see it as no big deal and shootouts in the living room don't phase them in the least. Others are horrified by the very idea of children pretend...

Tackling difficult subjects

The other day, I wrote about one parent's discussion about smoking with her son. Smoking's not an easy subject to broach, especially if you're a smoker yourself. There are other topics that are just as difficult, if not more so, than smoking, however...

Are the MPAA's screwed up?

Been to the movies lately? My guess is that, if you did, the film was either animated and/or part of the Disney franchise, one that was full of violence and/or gore, or one that was full of sex. That's basically because most movies out there, at le...

Who teaches our kids violence, then?

A comment on a post I wrote yesterday was so interesting to me that I wanted to devote a whole post on it today. My son has been raised in a house where he's never seen violence. I have never hit him, I've never even swatted him -- no one has ever la...

Boston cops want to search kid's bedrooms

Police in some areas of Boston are about to convene community meetings where they will ask the parents of area youth to allow them into their homes without a search warrant. As part of a program called Safe Homes, they plan to knock on doors and requ...

Target won't take part in "Manhunt 2"

Big box retailer Target has decided not to carry the violent video game Manhunt 2 this holiday season, citing the games excessive violence and the ease of accessing unrated, normally filtered material. The game focuses on the killing spree of a socio...

How to act like an idiot at your kid's football game

Ah, football season. The athleticism, the drama, and, of course, the fist fights at Pop Warner football games. In all honesty, it's not that surprising that Mario Romano punched his son's Pop Warner football couch in the face over a dispute about p...

Are you raising a serial killer?

Do you remember the Pearl Jam video for the song "Jeremy?" The video and the song were both about an angry little boy who, to be blunt, takes a gun in to class and blows himself up. I was reminded of that video when I'd just brought my newborn baby...

Do we really need a television 'family hour'?

Ellie, like most kids, loves television. In particular, she likes Hannah Montana and Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She would happily watch those shows over and over from sunup to sundown if I let her. Which, of course, I don't. I recently had to set l...

Witnessing abuse

One of our readers wrote in recently to ask what others would have done in a situation in which she found herself. She was at a restaurant and had to visit the ladies room. She describes what happened next: "On the way I passed a table where a child ...

Hockey fight camp for kids

As a teenager, I was really in to hockey. Actually, I was in to hockey players, but I also enjoyed the game itself. My best friend lived within walking distance of an ice rink and we spent countless afternoons perched in the bleachers watching the Ho...

Britney, mom, now hitting each other

Just when you thought the battle between Britney Spears and the mother she estranged through poetry couldn't get any worse, MSNBC reports that the pair's relationship has descended into physical violence. According to the site's gossip column, a rece...

$40,000 reward to stop female circumcision in Britain

More common in Africa and the Middle East, the practice of removing a young girl's clitoris and other parts of her genitalia is spreading to other countries as immigrants make their way west. In Britain, it has become such a problem that the Metropol...

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