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Archive: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

'NurtureShock': Blinding Me With Science

The more you read parenting books, and the more magazine articles you flip through, the more you realize that the parenting canon is based largely on the anecdotal experience of parents who aren't that different from you. There is no higher "truth" on how to raise a child that any...

By Brian Reid | September 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

Having More Kids: Do We Decide the Duggars' Way?

Earlier this week, the Duggars -- that's Jim Bob and Michelle of TLC's "18 Kids and Counting" -- announced that they are expecting their 19th child. Yes, I said 19, a number that makes me think the Duggars are trying to turn into the family depicted in this video....

By Jen Chaney | September 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (70)

Defending Paid Parental Leave

One of the side effects of the bad economy is that good ideas that sound expensive begin getting ignored. Take paid parental leave. Making sure that parents can afford to take time off to have a baby is a good idea on a number of fronts. It protects families from...

By Brian Reid | September 2, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (59)

The Five Worst Things About Disney

Having defended at least a small portion of the Disney experience, let me let loose with a far easier task: finding the five most irritating elements of the entertainment powerhouse (a company that is growing larger every day). 1. Hannah Montana: I am on the record as having serious issues...

By Brian Reid | September 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

Do 'Boy' Toys Always Trump 'Girl' Toys?

In my quest to help build a more gender-neutral world, one of the small annoyances is the toys that are included with kid's meals at various restaurants (note to nutrition-focused readers: I will make reference to fast-food joints later in the post without even touching on whether eating such foods...

By Brian Reid | August 31, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (30)


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