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Archive: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

The Debate: When to Start Kindergarten

Reader Ann asked a question recently that is on the minds of many soon-to-be kindergarten parents: "I was wondering if there has been any recent research on kindergarten cut-off deadlines, pros/cons of sending a 'younger' five year old to kindergarten or holding the child back a year, and what difference...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 16, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Bleak Look at Our Kids

If you listen too hard to a rather lengthy report on children's well-being in wealthy countries issued by the Unicef Innocenti Research Centre yesterday, you may not be so proud to be an American ... or a Brit for that matter. According to the report, the Netherlands does the best...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 15, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Snow Days

Top 5 Reasons for Loving Snow Days: 1. Snowball fights. 2. Sledding down the neighborhood hill. 3. Hot chocolate. 4. Movie and cuddle time. 5. The kids' glee when they hear that school is closed and Mom or Dad is staying home. Top 5 Reasons for Hating Snow Days: 1....

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 14, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wheels on Heels

Has your elementary schooler started bugging you for skate shoes yet? If no, it probably won't be long before you start hearing the din demanding the hot, and not inexpensive, Healys or its knockoffs. ($40 at Kohl's; $60 and up on Healys are sneakers with a removable wheel in...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 13, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chew on This

Picture This: Visiting speaker enters high school class after high school class to teach teens about how sexually transmitted diseases are spread. To illustrate the point, speaker then asks the students to take turns chewing on the SAME piece of gum. Said piece of gum passes from mouth to mouth....

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 12, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (35)


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