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Archive: November 4, 2007 - November 10, 2007

All I Want for Presents Are A Few Good Ideas

"Did you see the recall?" husband asked first thing yesterday morning as the boys sat at their art table, meticulously putting Perler beads on templates to make shapes. "Where were those beads made?" The conversation happened no more than 10 minutes after I posted the latest Consumer Product Safety Commission...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 9, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The first marking period of the school year ended last week, which means parent-teacher conferences. And I've got to admit, the buildup to the conference has me a bit nervous. First off, the school has spent the past two months or so evaluating my son. The teacher has said that...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 8, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hovering's Not Always Bad

We've all seen them. Maybe we're even one of them. The dreaded "helicopter" parents. You know the ones: Per the stereotype, they hover over every homework assignment. They drive or walk their kids everywhere. They track kids cellphones and put video cams in cars and under couches to watch nannies...

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

Support for the Asking

When the Child Find board approved further testing to evaluate my son, my family and I were en route to Maui for my wife's sister's wedding. While there, it often felt like I was alone in paradise. The concerns about my son weren't a topic for group discussion. My wife...

By Mike Snyder | November 6, 2007; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (13)

Sleep. It Does a Kid Good

Take away much of my sleep for a night, and everyone in the house will survive. Take it away for night after night after night, and watch out. Mom's a bit like a stretched rubber band ready to snap. And it's not just the emotional distress from lack of sleep...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 5, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (53)


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