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Archive: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

'Sesame Street' at 40: Over the hill?

This week marked a pop culture watershed. Big Bird and his crew turned 40. Surviving 40 years in TV land is tough and getting tougher. "Reading Rainbow" never made it to middle age. The Teletubbies lasted four years. "Dora" hasn't hit double-digits (and yet is still desperately trying to hang...

By Brian Reid | November 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (39)

Slipping us a new Mickey

Mickey Mouse, the way he was. (Disney Enterprises) Apparently, we Americans -- particularly our kids -- don't think much of Mickey Mouse anymore. It's not that we can't stand the remarkably high-pitched sound of his voice. It's more that we have stopped listening altogether. That's why -- as reported...

By Jen Chaney | November 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Understanding Veterans Day, belatedly

Growing up, Veterans Day was a holiday I never entirely understood. Because it is fastened to a specific date on the calendar, it seemed to jump around, making it an unpredictable day off in the middle the November. And while my town celebrated Memorial Day with great fanfare -- a...

By Brian Reid | November 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Cell phones: How early is too early?

It's only been in the last year that my 15-year-old babysitter got her own cell phone, and while I was happy to have a direct route of connection with the person who makes my date nights possible, my mind reeled at the idea that a kid who is still a...

By Brian Reid | November 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (45)

Dressed for success, pre-school style

About 6 months ago, in the interest of household harmony, I stopped fighting the morning battle with my preschooler about what clothes she would wear. Now, with broad guidance from me, she gets to pick what she is going to wear, and I live with it. Most days, this works...

By Brian Reid | November 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (27)


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