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Archive: October 21, 2007 - October 27, 2007

Trick or Treat?

Halloween in our neighborhood is a fun, old-fashioned party. The kids still walk house to house, not store to store in a mall. Different blocks offer plenty of adult treats to go along with the kiddie ones -- usually chili, fondue, whiskey and other adult beverages. It's the last big...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 26, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (44)

Are You Prepared?

October is Fire Safety Month. That sparked kindergartner's teacher to do a week's worth of schoolwork around "Stop. Drop. Roll." For his voluntary homework assignment, we counted smoke detectors in the house and talked about what we do and where we go in case of a fire or other emergency....

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 25, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

How Much Do Your Kids Wash?

Uh-oh. The kid's eye is red, oozy and watery. Possible-case-of-pink-eye mom alert goes out in the house. Sheets, clothes, blankets, pillow coverings, clothes all head into the washing machine. Flash forward to the doctor's office. Same kid uses the restroom. As he's coming out we have the following conversation: Me:...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 24, 2007; 7:36 AM ET | Comments (38)

When Something's Not Quite Right

A big welcome today to Mike Snyder, who's joining On Parenting as a regular guest blogger. Mike worked many years alongside me at and is known in our newsroom as NASCAR man. Always a creative sort, Mike handed candy bars wrapped in birth announcement paper when his daughter was...

By Mike Snyder | October 23, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (46)

Talkin' Toys

It's still October and Halloween hasn't come and gone yet. And so, now's the perfect time to start talking toys for the holidays! If you're one of those readers who despises barely tolerates holiday decorations going up in stores on Nov. 1, you might want to click elsewhere. Now, for...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 22, 2007; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (0)


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