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Archive: August 5, 2007 - August 11, 2007

A Soundtrack for Parenthood

It's been a pleasure filling in for Stacey this week. Since this is my last day, I figured I should go out with a nice musical number. A couple of weeks ago I hosted a discussion on about "The Simpsons," which prompted one chatter to confess to singing "Who...

By Jen Chaney | August 10, 2007; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (33)

Baby Einstein = Baby Dumbed-Down?

Apparently Baby Einstein is making our kids dumber. Sort of. According to a University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital Institute study that's been covered in Newsweek and numerous other publications, DVDs of the Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby variety don't make infants smarter. In fact, children between the ages of 8...

By Jen Chaney | August 9, 2007; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Safety Dance

Being a parent sometimes feels like riding right into the danger zone. And not in a Kenny Loggins type of way. Fisher Price announced last week a massive toy recall after many products were found to contain lead paint. (If you missed it, you can read the full list of...

By Jen Chaney | August 8, 2007; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (58)

When the Onesies Won't Stop Coming

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I am filling in this week as On Parenting blogger during Stacey's well-deserved vacation. Because I am a new mom -- I have six months of experience under the old belt -- I am still discovering the elation and frustrations of parenting. Hopefully that will...

By Jen Chaney | August 7, 2007; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (68)

Can Your Kids Unplug?

An intrepid journalism teacher at American University made the following assignment to her students: Turn off all media for 24 hours and write about it. Her students were stunned. No phone -- cell or otherwise? No computer? No iPod? No radio? To our kids, life without machine is a lot...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 6, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (42)


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