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Archive: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Precious First Borns, Neglected Seconds and So On...

The Daily Mail Online in Britain calls the syndrome proof that we parents show favoritism to older children. But really, "precious firstborn syndrome," a term coined by British parenting Web site Mumsnet.com has nothing to do with favoritism and everything to do with first-time parenthood obsessions. You remember those days......

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

A Moon Shot for the New Generation?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Full confession: I wasn't alive for the moon landing, and -- for the most part -- none of the parents in my peer group were old enough to really remember those edge-of-the-seat days in July 1969. But that hasn't kept my friends from celebrating the 40th...

By Brian Reid | July 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

At What Age?

A theme emerged in yesterday's comments about the mom who left two 12-year-olds in charge of 3 younger siblings. When is a child old enough to do things on his/her own and take care of others? Some of you felt 12 was too young an age to be responsible for...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (36)

Start That Bilingual Education Yesterday!

The best age for a child to learn a second language is ... drumroll, please ... before age 7. And the earlier, the better. That's according to a team of international researchers studying the issue, reports the Associated Press. Babies who are raised bilingual learn two languages in the same...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 21, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

When Trusting Yourself Is a Crime

"Trust yourself." Those were the most important two words I took away from two nurses who led a parenting support group I joined when my first was an infant. I also made some great friendships in the group, but back to that trust issue. In this month's Brain,Child magazine, Latino...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

Smoking Around Kids

At the end of the "trampoline" conversation last week, one reader's question got lost. And it's one that resonates not just in terms of the issue mentioned, smoking, but also of other child-raising disputes: I am curious if anyone has had issues with family members or with friends' parents when...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (41)

 

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