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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; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (44)

'Macrobiotic cupcakes' and the mythic over-involved parent

Time magazine has decided -- at this moment in history -- to attack a persistent straw man of parenting: the maniacally engaged parent. The cover screams "The Case Against Over-Parenting," as if there was debate about whether overparenting is bad. By definition, it's bad. that's why they call it OVER-parenting....

By Brian Reid | November 23, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (48)

'NurtureShock': Blinding Me With Science

The more you read parenting books, and the more magazine articles you flip through, the more you realize that the parenting canon is based largely on the anecdotal experience of parents who aren't that different from you. There is no higher "truth" on how to raise a child that any...

By Brian Reid | September 4, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

Park Etiquette: When Do You Step In?

It was an average afternoon at the playground. The boys rode ahead on their bikes. When I got there, a neighborhood nanny was holding one of her charges, a 2-year-old boy. The boy was repeating over and over, "Go other park." The nanny worked to comfort him, telling me that...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 30, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (46)

Facing Down Ronald McDonald

By Rebeldad Brian Reid My little one went a little nuts in the back seat last week. "Go there! Go there!" she started shouting excitedly as we drove home from preschool. I didn't have the slightest idea what she was talking about until the last moment, when a 20-foot-tall billboard...

By Brian Reid | May 21, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (34)

What Kind of Parent Are You?

Parents: We're a politician's -- and marketer's -- dream. We spend money on our kids even when we save on all our other expenses. Once bucketed, we've been known to turn elections (a la soccer moms). And so, in order to appeal to our senses, we get put into simply...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 10, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (37)

Hitting: Is Retaliation Ever in Order?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Last week, DaddyTypes stumbled across an absolute gem of a first-person piece from 1972, a New York Magazine piece that gave a comprehensive assessment of NYC playgrounds and the tolerance for hitting at each park. The piece is of the opinion that there isn't anything wrong...

By Brian Reid | January 29, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (56)

Chuck E. Cheese, Beer and Violence

By Rebeldad Brian Reid There are a lot of reasons to avoid Chuck E. Cheese. I’m no fan of the pizza, the animatronic show is still straight out of 1978 and I’ve had too many tokens swallowed by broken Skee-Ball machines. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, I should...

By Brian Reid | December 11, 2008; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (46)

Are Kids' Gift Registries a Good Idea?

Six-year-old REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wants a specific Lego gears toy. Every Thursday while his brother does gymnastics, the older one pulls the gears-toy book out of the toy area and memorizes the pictures of how to build different contraptions. And so, with his birthday a month away, I encouraged him...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 11, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (35)

Rules, Rules and More Rules

"Why, Mom?" "Because." "Why?" "Those are the rules." If your house is anything like mine, that conversation has played out about a million times in different ways. Okay, okay, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit, and it's only a few hundred thousand. Time and again, we teach our children to...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 4, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (75)

Sore Losers

The kids are on a game kick these days. Some are made up, like throwing a paper airplane back and forth to a certain distance. Others are board games like Stratego or Sorry! or card games like War. For the most part they're great. Six-year-old teaches four-year-old and they play...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 29, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (133)


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