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How to Play: Spit

Get your spit piles lined up. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Two players and a standard deck of playing cards.
How to play: Shuffle the cards well, and deal out all of the cards so that both players have 26 cards. From these...
Get rid of all your cards first!

How to Play: Slapjack

Slap the jack, win the pile. Credit: Corbis
What you need: Two to eight players and a standard deck of playing cards. How to play: Cards are divided into face-down stacks as equally as possible among the players. One player removes the top...

How to Play: War

Highest card wins in a game of War. Credit: Corbis
What you need: Two players and a standard deck of playing cards. How to play: The deck is divided evenly among the two players, giving each a face-down stack. In unison, each player reveals...

Single Mom Soldier Refuses to Go to Afghanistan

Army Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, with her son, Kamani, could face criminal charges after refusing to deploy to Afghanistan, saying she had no family able to care for her child. Credit: Alexis Hutchinson / AP
A soldier who is also a single mother...

War and Economy Take Toll on Kids' Mental Health

Military children suffer through war and recession. Photo: sxc.hu
According to the Pentagon, 2003 saw about one million children of U.S. military troops seek outpatient mental care. By 2008, that number had doubled. What happened in those fives...

Palestinian Conflict Leads to School Discrimination in Denmark

In case anyone still thinks that what goes on in the Middle East doesn't affect the rest of the world, I submit the curious case of schools in Denmark where headmasters are recommending that Jewish parents not try to enroll their children in the...

Kids with deployed parents struggle with behavior issues

More than 2 million American kids have at least one parent who is serving in the military overseas, and one recent study indicates that kids as young as 3 years old are exhibiting signs of behavioral problems related to their parents' absence. ...

"Goodnight Bush" - Goodnight Moon for grownups

I think right about now we could all use some hilarity. The economy is in the toilet. We're still in the middle of a war. You know--all that business. Well, here's a little something that might bring a smile to your otherwise foreclosure-filled...

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...

Mom plans skydive salute for Iraq-bound son

There are many things that I would do to prove to my family just how much I love them, but jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is not one of them. Tina Peters, however, is clearly a braver woman than I. Before her son, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason...

Military giving high school drop-outs a second chance

The war in Iraq has strained America's military to the point where qualified new recruits are getting harder to come by. A high school diploma is a requirement in all branches of the military, but now the military is aiming to bring high-school...

College Republicans support war, just don't want to fight in it

Normally I try and steer clear of blatantly polarizing political material, because this is a blog about parenting -- and whether we're Democrats of Republicans, I'm pretty sure we all change diapers, deal with temper tantrums and celebrate our kids...

Did Rosie O'Donnell cross the line?

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that comedian and former View host Rosie O'Donnell knows how to stir up controversy. Since her gig on ABC's The View, O'Donnell's blog at Rosie.com has been closely watched by the press. So, when Rosie put this...

"Band of Brothers" birthday party for kid

Not too long ago, a Washington Post reporter made headlines when she threw her son an 8th birthday party with a "Band of Brothers" theme. For those of you who haven't seen the series (rent tonight!), it is about Easy Company in the Army's Army's...

San Francisco school district approves liberal comic book

"Addicted to War -- Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism" is an unabashedly liberal look at the United States and its involvement in foreign wars throughout its history. The website for the book explains that "packed with historical photographs and...

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