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Archive: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Juggling Babies and Work

"If breast is best, why are women bottling their milk?" That's the question posed by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker this week. Lepore runs through the long history of breastfeeding before getting to the crux of her question. As we continue to put our emphasis on providing better, faster,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 16, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (27)

Do Dads Whine Less Than Moms?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid It’s a well-established fact that I have some of the best kids on the face of the Earth. They are (generally) polite and spunky and funny and curious. But they do drive me nuts sometimes, and I would be more than happy to regale you with...

By Brian Reid | January 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

Technology Is Less the Big Bad Wolf Than Everyone Thinks

Between 1990 and now, the safety of our kids online has improved in many ways. That's the crux of a 278-page report on Enhancing Child Safety & Online Technologies by the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. That's not to say everything is hunky dory and we shouldn't worry at all,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 14, 2009; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Paying for College -- Now What?

Alright, so the market's gone bust and many folks have watched the value of 529 plans plummet along with any other savings in the market like those 401(k) nest eggs. So, what do we do now? Are 529s still the way to go? Yes, say both Joe Hurley, the founder...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (33)

How Much Is a Child Worth?

Apparently $29,000 in China, according to an Associated Press story about the Chinese government's compensation plan to families whose children have died from melamine in tainted milk products. Families whose children suffered from serious cases of kidney stones would get $4,380 and those with less severe cases would get $290....

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 13, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Put Summer on Your Mind -- and Task List

It's January, and here in D.C., we're still waiting for our first true snowfall -- at least my kids are. And that means it's ... summer camp season. That's right, the camp fairs and open houses are beginning. So, you'd better get the calendar out and start planning how your...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (29)

Pink vs. Blue: Boys, Girls and the Toys They Love

Which came first: girls' love of everything pink or pink-packaged toys aimed at girls? That chicken-and-egg question is at the center of a small-scale study out of Britain that looks at how toys impact learning by gender. "People might think that toys are more androgynous these days, but go into...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (23)


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