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Archive: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Should Schools Be in the Fundraising Business?

Almost exactly a year ago, we had our first fundraising discussion. The Sally Foster packets had arrived -- as they did again a couple weeks ago in my house. This year, though, it's not the PTA fundraisers that have me up in arms -- it's the one sponsored directly by...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (49)

Is Your Booster on the Good or Bad List?

One booster seat is not as good as another. That's the word from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, which released a list of the best, good and bad boosters. But don't rush out to the store for a new...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Talking Through a Financial Disaster

By Rebeldad Brian Reid I had a heck of a time getting any work done on Monday -- frozen wide-eyed as the S&P Index dropped like a rock as the market imagined a world missing huge swaths of the financial services industry. Everyone I talked to was worried. Even if...

By Brian Reid | October 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Webkinz User Learns Real-World Lesson

Even on Webkinz, a virtual world considered fairly safe, kids can learn real-world lessons about theft. Webkinz, for the two of us whose kids haven't yet clamored for them, are plush pets that come to life in a virtual world after their new parents have "adopted" them. The site's target...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

A Good Busy or Overscheduled?

What a surprise: Some new studies about scheduling kids for lots of extracurriculars conflicts with conventional wisdom. CW -- which includes the American Academy of Pediatrics and social sciences professor William Doherty, of the University of Minnesota -- says that overscheduling can lead to anxiety, depression and lack of sleep...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (24)


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