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Archive: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Free Play

The loss of early childhood playtime is equated with global warming by some experts, according to a recent Associated Press article. They blamed our reluctance to let our kids play alone, on our kids use of videos, television and technology, and on homework and early academic pushing by schools and...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (24)

Hyperparenting and Private Schools

By Rebeldad Brian Reid So, apparently, it’s not just exasperated Brits who have concluded that American parents have a big problem with overparenting. According to a monster 5,000-word review in the New Yorker, there are now a slew of books out there dedicated to exposing the seedy underbelly of moms...

By Brian Reid | November 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (46)

The Homework Disconnect

By a stroke of luck, our elementary school thus far has had a somewhat progressive approach to homework. It doesn't go so far as to not give it, like one private school in Coconut Grove, Fla. In kindergarten, we had a monthly calendar of assignments, all of which were optional,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 19, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (57)

On the Road to Recovery

Author Jayne Lytel has spent the last seven years focused on one thing: helping her son "recover" from an autism spectrum disorder. Maybe the official term recovery wasn't what she had in mind at the start. But every hour, every bit of research, every decision about his therapies were designed...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Motrin Flap

In case you were under a rock ... or simply connecting with your kids instead of the computer over the weekend, a Motrin ad caused quite the furor among blogging and Twittering moms the past couple of days. Here's the ad (via YouTube): The ad targets moms by suggesting that...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 17, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (34)

Finding Toys, Both Safe and Inexpensive

All I want for two upcoming birthdays and holidays are a few safe, well-liked, inexpensive toys for the kids. And I'm well on my way to finding them, no thanks to toy companies who seem to think putting oversized, overpriced toys front and center makes sense these days. Alright, maybe...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (13)


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