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Archive: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

How to get your kids to bond with your parents (even if your bond isn't so strong)

I'm traveling this week with my wife, a professional trip that meant that the kids needed to stay home. Fortunately, Grammy is keeping an eye on the girls this week. Earlier in the year, the other grandparents bailed me out by watching the kids when I was on the road....

By Brian Reid | November 6, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (12)

Holiday cheer, the cheap way

Most of us may still be consuming the last reminders of Halloween -- miniature-sized Snickers, itty-bitty bags of Skittles -- during our afternoon (and morning, and evening, and midnight) snacks. But if TV commercials, Friday's release of "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and the recent release of the Toys "R" Us...

By Jen Chaney | November 5, 2009; 8:18 AM ET | Comments (41)

Why I fear the first bra

My oldest has begun to excitedly ask me when I think that she'll get to 5 feet tall (she has a few inches to go yet). She seems to think that breaking the 5-foot barrier marks some sort of milestone on the progression to young adulthood. I have to be...

By Brian Reid | November 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Babysitting: Is it worth the investment?

My wife and I went out last Friday night (no, we didn't go pumpkin smashing), and our college-aged babysitter let it drop that she was sitting even though the party she had thought was Saturday was actually happening that night. I quickly apologized -- we could have found a replacement...

By Brian Reid | November 4, 2009; 6:37 AM ET | Comments (29)

How do you raise kids who aren't bystanders?

A week ago, a 15-year-old California girl was raped and beaten by several people for 2 hours outside of a high school homecoming dance. The horror of the crime is almost too much for me to take in. In a case like this, no matter how much I think about...

By Brian Reid | November 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (30)

The best parenting items from October that we didn't discuss

Every month, there is plenty of thoughtful stuff that we never get around to discussing, and I wanted to give an overview of some of the more provocative thinking circulating in the parenting press in October: Most research shows that having kids makes you more miserable, but a new study...

By Brian Reid | November 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (43)

 

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