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Archive: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Will the risk of brain injury dampen your child's gridiron dreams

Youth sports can be brutal. When I was a teen, I went to one of my sister's field hockey games. In the span of five minutes, three members of the opposing team had to be helped off the field after being struck by the hard-as-a-rock field hockey ball. A few...

By Brian Reid | October 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

When kid costumes go a little too far

Would you really let your third grader knock on the neighbors' doors dressed like this? (Eric Von Lockhart/Lifestyles Halloween Gore via AP) In this last week before Halloween, many of us costume-challenged parents will spend an inordinate amount of mental energy trying to decide how to dress our children...

By Jen Chaney | October 22, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (42)

Becoming a master storyteller

Yesterday's discussion on "Where the Wild Things Are" needled on my one of my weak points as a parent: I'm not a very good storyteller. I'm not capable of spinning the kind of scary story that would keep my kids up at night. I can't even keep them very well...

By Brian Reid | October 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (20)

The fine line between fright and fun

The movie adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are," has re-opened what I like to think of as the winged-monkey debate, in honor of the creepiest scene in "The Wizard of Oz": At what age is it appropriate to scare the bejeezus out of kids? Because he conceived the source...

By Brian Reid | October 20, 2009; 7:43 AM ET | Comments (53)

Parenting stories I could do without

Note: Before I begin, I feel like I should say something about the "balloon boy" story, which is looking more and more like a hoax. But I just can't bring myself to find a thread of this story that has an impact on my life or yours. Far too much...

By Brian Reid | October 18, 2009; 7:28 AM ET | Comments (19)

 

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