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Archive: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

The Sketchy Science on Spanking

Last month, I said that I wanted to be more science-driven in the way that I look at parenthood, rather than accepting conventional wisdom just because it's conventional wisdom. But that's easier said than done. There remain plenty of aspects of parenting that seem straightforward enough that I don't see...

By Brian Reid | October 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

When Kids Control the Conversation

When I was a kid, parent-teacher conferences and back-to-school nights always made me feel like something was going on behind my back. I didn't have anything to hide, really, so I wasn't afraid my teachers were telling my parents anything incriminating. Still, I couldn't shake the knowledge that a couple...

By Jen Chaney | October 14, 2009; 7:09 AM ET | Comments (37)

The Boy, the Bus and the Happy Ending

Much of what we talk about here is efforts to avoid horrifying situations that are far more rare than we believe them to be. Kids, as a general rule, don't get kidnapped, they don't die in freakish and preventable ways, they aren't warped for life by a single act of...

By Brian Reid | October 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

The End of the Homemade Halloween?

When I was 5, I decided that I was going to be Han Solo for Halloween to express my undying love for "Star Wars." This was all well and good, except for a couple of niggling problems. The first is that Han Solo is not a particularly distinctive character, visually,...

By Brian Reid | October 13, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (37)

No Dads (or No Moms) Allowed

I spent the weekend at the At-Home Dad Convention in Omaha, which always does a great job of recharging my parenting batteries. One of the issues that came up along over the course of the meeting was the question of whether the various dad groups that have popped up all...

By Brian Reid | October 12, 2009; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (32)


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