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Archive: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Home for the holidays. Or not.

According to the calendar, this is the year to spend Christmas at my parent's place. According to the airlines, however, this is the year to stay home. Over the past month, I've looked at hundreds of flights out of more than a half-dozen Midwest airports into three different hubs near...

By Brian Reid | December 3, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (47)

Shielding kids from disturbing content

Most parents watch what they say in front of their kids. Plenty more prohibit their children from watching television, particularly any show that may offer the mere hint of disturbing content. But what do you do when you and your son or daughter step outside into the real world and...

By Nancy Kerr | December 3, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (44)

Let's make a deal: When is it OK for kids to swap stuff?

I stumbled across an unfamiliar stuffed animal in my eldest's room a few weeks ago, and I asked her where it came from. "Eve gave it to me," she said. "She just gave it to you?" I asked. "Yeah," she shrugged. That was about the moment that I started feeling...

By Brian Reid | December 2, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (13)

Dads in the delivery room: a bad idea?

Apparently, there is no idea in parenting so common-sense that there isn't some expert, somewhere, who is willing to argue against it. This week's example comes from across the pond, where French obstetrician Michel Odent is waging a battle against men in the delivery room. In Odent's view, having the...

By Brian Reid | December 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (159)

The dangers (?) of holiday toys

This is the time of year for lists: "Best of 2009" lists, Christmas lists, holiday card lists. And, as of Friday, the annual "10 Most Dangerous Toys" list came out, giving parents 10 more things to worry during the holidays. Among the items you should be chucking: a Batman toy...

By Brian Reid | November 30, 2009; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (10)


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