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Archive: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Is Halloween too Creepy?

A friend and I were chatting the other day about Halloween creepiness. Her girls, one elementary schooler and one preschooler, won't step foot in some stores -- and not just The Party Store, which was all decked out in Halloween creep. She's talking Giant Food and Michael's, where the gross...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 31, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

Doctor's Office Toys = Germs

So, which one of us has taken our kids to the pediatrician's office only to have them come down with a cold a few days later? The real question is, have any of us NOT had that happen? Well, doctors at the University of Virginia have confirmed that some of...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 30, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Financial Crisis and -- Gulp -- College Savings

By Rebeldad Brian Reid I’ve officially stopped looking at my 401(k) statements, having decided that -- with more than three decades to go before I step off the hamster wheel -- the day-to-day fluctuations of the market aren’t all that predictive of whether or not I’ll be a pauper in...

By Brian Reid | October 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (37)

Too Sexy for Little Girls

Sexy Halloween costumes are nothing new. Every year about this time, parents and reporters all around the country lament the low necklines, cinched waists, shrinking skirts and fishnet stockings that have sprung up at every Halloween costume venue in the country. The subject was a big talker last year on...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 29, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Food Allergies' Emotional Toll

As we discussed last week, food allergies can have a huge impact on the practical side of raising our children -- all of them -- in a safe environment. But allergies also exact an emotional toll on the kids and their parents. Mom Tracy Rosenfeld has had to face those...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Dr. Sears on Ways We've Changed

A month ago, I snatched up an opportunity to chat with Dr. William Sears. THE Dr. Sears. You know, the one who, along with his wife, registered nurse Martha Sears, wrote "The Baby Book," which was pretty much glued to my body along with my first infant until I gained...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

High School Musical 3: Your Reviews?

HSM3: Senior Year sold $42 million worth of tickets during its first three days in theaters, a record for a musical by a large margin. Per usual, adult critics gave the film -- the third in the High School Musical phenomenon and the first to head to the big screen...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 27, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (18)

A Food Plan for Preschoolers

Let's face it. Feeding preschoolers is not always one of the more fun jobs of parenting. They can be opinionated, like one food one day and despise it the next. They can insist on all white food days or all red ones. They might hate anything with seeds or squishy...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (19)


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