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Archive: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Kindergarten Angst -- Is It Worth It?

For the past several months, many parents have been running on the kindergarten stress treadmill. Private vs. public? The county's language immersion programs vs. the neighborhood school down the street? Redshirt your child or not? After all, kindergarten is the new first grade, more academics and little play. That's what...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (43)

Mom Kicks Kids Out of the Car, Gets Arrested

A mom in White Plains, N.Y., was fed up with her daughters' bickering in the car. And so, in a fit of what was likely parental desperation, she kicked the girls, ages 10 and 12, out of the car 3 miles from home. Is the act one of minor stupidity...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 23, 2009; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (16)

Alec Baldwin and the Daddy-Daughter Bond

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Alec Baldwin's long-promised book on divorce, driven by his excruciatingly public split from Kim Basinger, is now on bookstore shelves. I've seen enough of Baldwin to know that it's not likely to be worth the investment of my time. So I am somewhat grateful for Caitlin...

By Brian Reid | April 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Travel Soccer ... or Baseball ... or Any Sport

At the risk of alienating the parents of tens of thousands of youth in the D.C. region and probably hundreds of thousands of parents elsewhere, I just don't "get" travel sports. The big story this week is about a bunch of parents banished from the sidelines of two of their...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (67)

Getting a Life With -- or Addicted to -- Facebook?

When Leah Ariniello, who wrote the wonderfully frank blog Mother Yeller -- e-mailed with a second entry about Facebook, I thought this had the potential to be a conversation about how Facebook is changing our lives for the good. Then, I started running across blogs and articles about Facebook addiction....

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 21, 2009; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (15)

Yes, Mom, IPods Can Cause Hearing Loss

Amy in Germantown e-mailed a couple of weeks ago: "My teenage girls live and die by their iPods. Often I can hear their music from across the room. I think they listen to music turned up too loudly. My girls tell me that I’m just being ‘old-fashioned’. Is it crazy...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 20, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (12)


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