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Archive: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Reflecting on past -- and future -- Cabbage Nights

It was in about eighth grade that the late-October talk in homeroom began to focus on "Cabbage Night," rather than Halloween. Cabbage Night -- known elsewhere as Mischief Night and Devil's Night -- in my hometown was an opportunity for modest rule-breaking and low-level vandalism. Parents were fed cover stories,...

By Brian Reid | October 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (24)

Want to know where the kids are? Ask their Buddy

We live in a dangerous world. We all know this. Many parents probably would go to any lengths to keep their kids safe, or at least to have better tabs on where they are at any given moment. Enter the Little Buddy, a new child-tracking device that moms and dads...

By Jen Chaney | October 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (33)

Getting the 'brace face' at a younger age

Halloween came early for me this year. About a month ago, I took my elementary-schooler to the orthodontist, and -- and hour later -- she emerged looking like a tween, her new brackets decked out with green rubber bands. All she needed was a copy of "Twilight" and she would...

By Brian Reid | October 28, 2009; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (30)

Imprisoned (at home) by the flu

I received the dreaded call from school early last Thursday morning: The big kid had complained of a stomach ache, spiked a fever in the nurse's office, and needed to come home. Odds are, if you haven't received that call yet this year, you will. While my job has certain...

By Brian Reid | October 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (45)

Anti-TV forces declare victory over Baby Einstein

The anti-TV folks just claimed one heck of a prize: Disney has decided to refund Baby Einstein-buying parents the cost of their DVDs. Though the Baby Einstein refund page doesn't give any context about what drove the decision, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood claimed victory: The refund offer is...

By Brian Reid | October 26, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (34)


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