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Archive: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

'Greener' Schools

Most of the items on the school supply list make a lot of sense. Pencils, crayons, glue, notebooks, folders. But some just had me scratching my head. Scissors? Rulers? Pencil sharpeners? What happened to the scissors kids brought in last year ... and the year before ... and the year...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (101)

The True Badge of the Parent: The Minivan

By Rebeldad Brian Reid I am now officially a parent. The proof is sitting in my driveway. Earlier this month, I bought my first minivan. It’s a move that I’ve resisted for some time. I just figured I could do without one and keep jamming the car seats into to...

By Brian Reid | August 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (193)

And the Medals Go to ...

Every two years, the Olympics are filled with feel-good stories and amazing performances. So this week's a good time to hand out Olympic medals to the best of the best: Those who combine athletic prowess with parenthood to make them truly worthy. This race has no judges with scores or...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (70)

Grant Me College

The average cost of a four-year state school for college runs parents and students about $6,000 per year. For a private university, the average cost is just under $24,000, according to the College Board. Retirement, meanwhile, doesn't run cheap either. Living expenses, home maintenance, health care costs, inflation: it all...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (201)

A Web Site for the Professional Aunt

By Sharon McLoone washingtonpost.com staff writer Mothers spend about $1.7 trillion annually on consumer products, but mothers are only about 50 percent of women in the United States. What about the other 50 percent? Chances are moms and dads leave their kids in the care of this group more than...

By Ju-Don Roberts | August 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (32)

 

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