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Archive: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

When Finances Impact Family Planning

While we've touched on whether the current economic troubles have impacted our households in subtle ways -- scaling back on the moonbounce rentals, chopping our own garlic -- it appears that money stress is touching families in a much more dramatic and direct way: a huge number of women are...

By Brian Reid | September 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

When It's Parents That Lie

The latest snippet of research confirming what we already know came out this week, says that we lie to our kids. A lot. What caught my attention was not the conclusion, but some of the examples of parental lying. From the University of Toronto press release: In one of the...

By Brian Reid | September 23, 2009; 7:50 AM ET | Comments (40)

Economics and Home Economics

It looked like garlic was going to finally be my undoing yesterday. It was a day when everything was running late, and I was standing in the kitchen, trying to smash a clove so I could peel it, chop it and throw it into the dressing. It was not going...

By Brian Reid | September 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

Five Toys That Need a Rebirth

Nostalgia is an established part of the toy-maker playbook, meaning that treasured pieces of childhood tend to continually get new life as marketers reinvent old brands for each new generation. This is generally a bad thing. It leads to mindless movie franchises (this year, '80s icons G.I. Joe and Transformers)...

By Brian Reid | September 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (41)

Chasing Rugrats Is Not Exercise, Researchers Say

Looking over beach photos a couple of months ago, I was forced to accept what the scale had been telling me for the past year or so: I had begun to really pack on the pounds. Thinking over the way my weight had bounced around over the past decade, I...

By Brian Reid | September 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (31)


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