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Archive: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Goodbye, Mom and Nana

Today's blog is bittersweet. As I've written before, I've long wanted my mother's suffering to end and for her to die. Well, that day has finally arrived. Two months ago, when the hospice nurse told us she thought we were looking at less than two weeks, I sat 7-year-old down...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Hitting: Is Retaliation Ever in Order?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Last week, DaddyTypes stumbled across an absolute gem of a first-person piece from 1972, a New York Magazine piece that gave a comprehensive assessment of NYC playgrounds and the tolerance for hitting at each park. The piece is of the opinion that there isn't anything wrong...

By Brian Reid | January 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (56)

No vs. Yes

There's a new campaign from the National Institute on Media and the Family: Say Yes to No. The argument is that we are living in a "yes" culture different from that of previous generations. We want something, we want it now and we get instant gratification. The "Say Yes to...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (52)

Eight Babies!

A California woman gave birth on Monday to octuplets. It took 46 doctors, nurses and neonatologists five minutes to deliver the babies during the Caeseraen birth. All are doing well so far, though three have needed oxygen. Prior to the birth, doctors expected the woman to have seven babies; the...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 27, 2009; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (40)

The New Toy Safety Rules and You

Congressionally mandated toy safety rules that take effect Feb. 10 have left freecyclers and resellers of children's products scrambling to understand the law and how it affects them. The result has been word-of-mouth back and forth of truths and rumors about the law. The rules ban the selling of children's...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Is 15 Minutes of Recess Too Much to Ask?

15 minutes per day. That's the amount of recess time that researchers say elementary schoolchildren need to behave better in class. Unfortunately, 40 percent of U.S. schools do not provide children with recess, according to the International Play Association, which fights for childrens' rights to play. The latest study, published...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (21)


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