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Archive: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Rooting to lose

There is a cottage industry now of parental "confessions": moms and dads admitting the various ways that they fall short of their own parenting standards. Most of these are not particularly novel: driving through for dinner, using the TV as a babysitter, finding elementary school "concerts" unbearable. But the guys...

By Brian Reid | December 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (54)

The Zhu Zhu conundrum

The hamsters that are giving hope to a nation. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Like many parents in America right now, I am really not sure how to feel about Mr. Squiggles. Zhu Zhu hamsters -- the cuddly robot pets that have turned some moms and dads into desperate, Toys-R-Us...

By Jen Chaney | December 10, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (45)

Cabin fever already in full swing

For kids, the official start of winter isn't Dec. 21 -- it's the first day we get snow. And so winter began this week. The emergence of the white stuff, coupled with the earlier and earlier nightfall, however, means that we're also starting the inside season, where exposure to the...

By Brian Reid | December 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (62)

Study: Nearly half of all parents wait too long to talk about sex

A year-and-a-half ago, on this blog, we talked about the right age to start talking about sex. The general consensus was the earlier the better, with the general concepts being OK to introduce in elementary school and more specifics about the consequences of sex in the tween years. Now comes...

By Brian Reid | December 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (84)

Dealing with the great Eggo drought of 2009

We hit the grocery store this weekend, as usual, and, as usual, stopped short in the frozen food section. Once again, the freezer that was once packed with Eggo waffles was nearly empty, the cold florescent light illuminating nothing but wire shelving. The first couple of weeks of the Eggo...

By Brian Reid | December 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (64)


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