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Archive: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Playing the name game

Updated: 9:56 This is the fun time of year when we start seeing the lists of the year's top baby names, which makes for an interesting sociological snapshot of a moment in history. According to, here are this year's most-frequently seen baby names on their Web site. (Note: The...

By Brian Reid | December 18, 2009; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (100)

'Tis the season to put your kids on a card

So far this season, 95 percent of the Christmas cards I have received feature a picture of a child. And I'm not talking about the baby Jesus. These days -- thanks to online photo sites like Snapfish and Shutterfly -- every parent on the planet is sending holiday cards plastered...

By Jen Chaney | December 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (72)

Facebook, with training wheels

A couple of months ago, one of the kids from the old neighborhood "friended" me on Facebook. I was a little flattered, but also taken aback: what could a tween possibly get out Facebook? We've talked before about the relentless march of technology such as cell phones into tinier and...

By Brian Reid | December 16, 2009; 12:14 AM ET | Comments (28)

How far do you go in maintaining the Santa myth?

This is the time of year when parenting writers can't help but ask the question: Should you lie to your kids about Santa? But that's not all that interesting to me. Of course you should lie to your kids about Santa. And when they're old enough to start asking reasonable...

By Brian Reid | December 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (83)

'Gifted' classrooms and the value of diversity

I'm not sure I learned directly from a teacher until I got to the 7th grade, where a guy named Mr. Nascembeni dared to teach "social studies" as a class that was strikingly similar to a college-level Anthropology 101 course. My previous 7 years of academic achievement were utterly pedestrian:...

By Brian Reid | December 14, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (72)


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