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Archive: August 26, 2007 - September 1, 2007

How Clean Is Your House?

When I was born, someone should have warned my neat-freak mom that this girl was missing a gene. But it didn't take long for us to butt heads about cleanliness. A favorite mom threat was that she was going to throw everything on my closet floor out of the house....

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 31, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (68)

Mom to Mom; Dad to Dad

Isolation, exhaustion and depression. That's how two older moms described their first weeks of motherhood to me years ago. Both of these women had their children before the age of the Internet. And they hadn't a clue about how to find other new moms. One described a neighbor knocking on...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 30, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (24)

A Brave New World?

It was probably inevitable that the craze known as Reality TV would extend to kids. Folks who'd never consider signing a 22-page waiver form to hand their kids over to a television network shooting a "Lord of the Flies"-like show call it child exploitation. Every day, the din grows louder...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 29, 2007; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (50)

A Little Perspective

A number of years ago, a co-worker related something she saw during a visit to the nearby mall. She observed an elderly woman approach a mother and her young daughter -- no more than 5 or 6 years old -- and ask, "Are you enjoying your shopping trip?" "GET AWAY...

By Bob Greiner | August 28, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Off to School We Go

"Are you sad?" "Will you cry?" Those are two questions I keep hearing from moms who've been where I am today -- the first day of kindergarten. And one thing is certain: My 5-year-old is ready for this transition. At the school's open house on Friday, he happily roamed around...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 27, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (14)


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