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Archive: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

A Family's Life With Food Allergies

Food allergies. The term is easy to say, but it evokes different responses depending on your situation and experiences. For some an allergy means nausea or skin rashes. To others, it means whole body hives, throat tightness or other breathing problems. To mom Kari Keaton, who facilitates the 209-family Metro...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (44)

'No Candy Here'; I'm a Sex Offender

As Halloween approaches, police around the country aren't taking any chances with sex offenders. In Maryland, about 1,200 registered sex offenders have been sent letters from the state's Division of Parole and Probation that tell them to stay inside from 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 until the next morning. Their...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 23, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (35)

A Brit Says American Parenting 'Ruined my Life'

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Last weekend, Janice Turner at the Times (UK) set off a bit of tempest, declaring that parenthood had become an overly dramatized exercise in smothering children with attention and educational opportunities. Needless to say, Turner does not see the rise of parental obligation as a good...

By Brian Reid | October 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

Mom vs. the Teacher

And Round 1 goes to ... the teacher. Mom Traci Jaramillo says she's concerned about the quality of her 7-year-old daughter's education. She's called and e-mailed the teacher, and the two had a tense exchange during the parent-teacher conference. Apparently, something in the tone scared teacher Lisa Savaleta, who got...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 22, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Who Are Your Kids 'Voting' For?

Their votes may not count yet, but plenty of kids are casting ballots for president. First came the results of Scholastic's youth vote last week in which Sen. Barack Obama won by a large margin (57 percent for Obama, 39 percent for Sen. John McCain and 4 percent for others.)...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

A New Era in Divorce and Child Support

About half of all marriages end in divorce. While that percent has stayed fairly stable over recent years, the look of divorce and child support payments have changed dramatically, according to a survey released recently by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Fifteen years ago, the general mindset was that men...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

Connected -- And Happy About It

For any of us who've spent time watching YouTube videos or playing online games with our kids or who rely on our cellphones to call each other to coordinate schedules, this new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project won't be a surprise. Nearly all married adults with...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 20, 2008; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (11)

 

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