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Archive: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

The Father's Day Gift Guide

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Through a strange quirk in the way that holidays are scheduled, Father's Day appears on the calendar after the school year has ended. While this is good news for retail outlets that like advertising "dads and grads" sales, the timing has the unintended effect of changing...

By Brian Reid | June 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (41)

Double Oops. Two Girls Put on the Wrong Planes

Two girls, one aged 8, the other aged 10, were flying unaccompanied last weekend. Both were taking Continental Express flights -- the kind that board on the tarmac. And somehow, within a day of each other, airline personnel boarded both girls on wrong flights. In both instances, two planes were...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

The Making of My Middle Child

By Caitlin Murray Giles How do you turn a gregarious, happy-go-lucky three year-old boy into a disgruntled, emotional wreck? It's simple really. Just add another baby to your family and make him a middle child. Then you can watch birth order stereotypes play out right under your own roof. The...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

Down With the Standard Kids Menu!

We all probably know the menu by heart: Chicken nuggets, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, hamburger and the occasional grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, I am referring to the generic kids' meal menu at most restaurants. Finally, some folks who can change all that have taken notice. Until June 21, some restaurants...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (43)

Sisterly Fight Ends in Arrest

As children, my brother and I were the poster children for sibling rivalry. Five years older and much bigger and stronger, my brother would randomly throw me over his head and carry me around the house. I'd beat my fists on him as hard as I could, and occasionally get...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 15, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

The Au Pair Experience

The recession's been hitting home in all sorts of ways. And as parents lose their jobs, so, too, do their nannies, writes AnnIe Gowen in The Washington Post. Nannies in the D.C. region average about $16 per hour, Gowen writes, a huge sum for most of us to swallow. Usually,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (22)

 

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