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Archive: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

In Praise of 'Bad Mothers' and 'Bad Fathers'

By Rebeldad Brian Reid I do love a good parenting tempest in a teapot, so I’m eagerly awaiting Ayelet Waldman’s new book, “Bad Mother.” It’s an expansion of her most famous piece on motherhood, a doozy of a bomb that the New York Times ran four years ago that details...

By Brian Reid | May 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (31)

Not-So-Safe Cribs

Cribs: They're not the safe sleeping environments we all imagine them to be. That's the crux of a series of Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls of more than 5 million cribs over the past few years, including 96,000 cribs manufactured by Jardine today. CPSC staff is reviewing dozens of drop-side...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 30, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (30)

A Kid's-Eye View on Talking to Us

Alec Greven may only be 10 years old, but he's got lots of thoughts about how to talk to parents. So many, that as a follow to his book, "How to Talk to Girls," he's written two more: "How to Talk to Moms" and "How to Talk to Dads." Here...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 29, 2009; 12:07 AM ET | Comments (18)

Black Dad, White Daughter

In "Raising Katie," Newsweek explores the life of an average family in Baltimore. To the outside observer, though, the family is not average. Guardians Mark and Terri Riding are African-American. Fourth grader Katie O'Dea Smith is white. The transracial family endures stares, rude comments and glares. Well-meaning folks have followed...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

The Two Words That Can Drive A Parent Crazy: 'What If'

By Lenore Skenazy About a year ago my son Izzy and I enjoyed our quarter hour of fame when I let him ride the subway by himself. He was nine at the time, I wrote a little column about it, and since it is so unusual for kids to do...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 27, 2009; 4:00 AM ET | Comments (97)

 

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