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Turning Controversies Into Teaching Moments

Kanye West, demonstrating that he needs a time-out. (AP) As parents, we all know that sometimes our kids have a hard time keeping quiet. But the past week has demonstrated that even high-profile, grown-up, public figures don't always know when to shut-up. It started last Wednesday with Rep. Joe...

By Jen Chaney | September 16, 2009; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (16)

The Best Age to Become 'Mom'?

First-time moms are statistically getting older. That's the news out of a report being released today by the National Center for Health Statistics. In 1970, the average age of a first-time mom was 21.4. In 2006, that number jumped to 25. One of the most interesting statistics involves the proportion...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 12, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (29)

Black Children Kicked Out of Pool

Sixty-five campers arrived from Creative Steps Day Camp in Northwest Philadelphia to the Valley Swim Club in Huntington Valley, Pa., on June 29. A win-win situation, right? The swim club earns $1,900 and kids in need of a pool get access. So, where did it all go wrong? The camp...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 10, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (60)

'Safe Haven' Father Has More Babies on the Way

Remember Nebraska father Gary Staton? He invoked the state's safe haven law to abandon 9 kids after his wife died. Nebraska has since changed the law to apply to infants up to 30 days old. Well, Staton is back in the news this week because ... drum roll, please ......

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 2, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Jon & Kate + 8 Minus Sophie

It's easy to not want to hear another word about the Gosselin family. And though we just talked about the show fairly recently, I thought my colleague Jennifer LaRue Huget's take on the family's issues was an interesting one. No, it doesn't focus on mom Kate spanking a child or...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 22, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Double Oops. Two Girls Put on the Wrong Planes

Two girls, one aged 8, the other aged 10, were flying unaccompanied last weekend. Both were taking Continental Express flights -- the kind that board on the tarmac. And somehow, within a day of each other, airline personnel boarded both girls on wrong flights. In both instances, two planes were...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 18, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

Boy Scouts Take Your Weight Seriously

The Boy Scouts of America is watching your weight. And if you're on the obese end of the BMI scale, you'd better plan to bow out of certain activities. Because starting in January, you won't be welcome on some of the scouts' more rigorous adventures. The new health form for...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 15, 2009; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (23)

Jon and Kate Plus ...

What IS it about "Jon and Kate Plus 8"? You'd have to be under a rock on a desert island these days to miss the reports that seem to be coming out daily on the heads of household in the Gosselin family. A photo of Jon leaving a club at...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 13, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (29)

Donald Brashear and the Consequences of Abuse

By Rebeldad Brian Reid As many of you know, I've peppered my posts with hockey references for years. So I read Mike Wise's piece on the front page of the Post on Saturday with considerable interest. Wise profiled Donald Brashear, the Caps' "enforcer" and the go-to guy when it comes...

By Brian Reid | May 4, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

High Chair Recall and Other Items in the News

High Chair Recall: Evenflo has recalled nearly 650,000 Envision high chairs. The problem is that fasteners and screws in the chair can dislodge, causing the seatback to detach or recline unexpectedly. Evenflo has received 320 reports of this happening, with 54 resulting injuries. Rocket Fuel Chemical in Formula?: Scientists at...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 3, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Multitasking Gone Too Far?

I'd venture to guess that many of us have been in similar situations to a mom in Dayton, Ohio. Kids need to get to school. Someone in the car is hungry. But that's where one mom's decisions went incredibly wrong. The mom was seen breastfeeding her baby -- who was...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 2, 2009; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (5)

'Young and Stupid'

"I was young and stupid." That's pretty much the takeaway of some athlete role models recently. Start with baseball star Alexander Rodriguez talking to the media earlier this week: "I was 24; I was 25. I was young initially. I was curious." He called his cousin, who injected him with...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 20, 2009; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (17)

The Slippery Slope of IVF

A 60-year-old Canadian woman gives birth to twins. Her pregnancy was a result of in vitro fertilization performed in India. That news comes on the heels of octuplet + six mom Nadya Suleman talking on "The Today Show" about her multiple IVF procedures in which six embryos were transplanted. "The...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 9, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (22)

Enough With the Eight-is-Enough Judgments

By Rebeldad Brian Reid It's rare that a parenting controversy comes along in which nearly everyone ends up on one side of the issue, and the strange case of Nadya Suleman -- the mother of the octuplets born last week -- is one of those issues. But it isn't the...

By Brian Reid | February 2, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (22)

Eight Babies!

A California woman gave birth on Monday to octuplets. It took 46 doctors, nurses and neonatologists five minutes to deliver the babies during the Caeseraen birth. All are doing well so far, though three have needed oxygen. Prior to the birth, doctors expected the woman to have seven babies; the...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 27, 2009; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (40)

Ann Coulter and Single Moms

Ann Coulter is not married and not a mom. Yet in her new book "Guilty" she devotes an entire chapter to single mothers and the children in their homes. In it she blames almost all societal problems on single motherhood. "The strongest predictor of whether a person will end up...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 21, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (130)

Teaching The Why of the Dream

At noon today, CNN aired Martin Luther King's speech, which made me wonder, have your kids ever heard the original "I Have a Dream" speech? Students at an Atlanta elementary school were lucky enough to have it re-enacted for them last week by the school's head custodian. In case you...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 19, 2009; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (8)

Dad Jailed for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

The next time you're at a kid's sporting event, and you hear a parent berating an umpire or yelling at a child, you might want to kindly bring up the case of Michael Beck. Beck lost his temper at his daughter's softball game. Upset with calls by the umpire, he...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 9, 2009; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Obamas and Work-Life Balance

Could incoming "Mom-in-Chief" first lady Michelle Obama change the way we think of stay-at-home moms and working moms? That's one idea floated by Ellicott City mom LaShanda Chirunga. Chirunga is a Harvard-educated lawyer turned stay-at-home mom of 1-year-old twins. She and her husband always planned on her staying home with...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 5, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (33)

Melamine, Girl Scouts, Cheating Teens and a Sports Test

While we were all off spending quality family time, a few talkers hit the news. Here's a rundown: Melamine in Infant Formula Small amounts of melamine and melamine-related compounds have now been found in two samples of infant formula manufactured and sold in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should Schools Close on Inauguration Day?

Many schools around the Washington area are closing on Jan. 20. For some, such as the District, Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax, the day was built into the school calendar. For others, such as Prince George's, Loudoun and Charles counties, the decision has been made in the past few weeks. So,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 1, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (30)

The Motrin Flap

In case you were under a rock ... or simply connecting with your kids instead of the computer over the weekend, a Motrin ad caused quite the furor among blogging and Twittering moms the past couple of days. Here's the ad (via YouTube): The ad targets moms by suggesting that...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 17, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (34)

'Pregnant Man' Expecting Baby No. 2

Thomas Beatie, the transgender man known around the world as "pregnant man" has told Barbara Walters that he's pregnant with baby No. 2. Beatie and his wife, Nancy, became parents to baby Susan on June 29 and have lived in near seclusion in their house outside of Portland since then,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 13, 2008; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (34)

About That Dog . . .

What kind of dog could make it to the White House? To: The Obamas, particularly Malia From: A parent who knows a little something about hypoallergenic dogs President-elect, you threw the country a curveball when you revealed Malia's allergy. After all, the country spent days speculating on the best...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 10, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

The Final Tally: How the Election Affected Our Kids

Whew! The long, long, long road to picking a new president is finally over. The 2008 presidential election will stick out to me as a leap toward equality for all of our children. With a black president-elect, black youth in our country who aspire to the most challenging political jobs...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 5, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

Who Are Your Kids 'Voting' For?

Their votes may not count yet, but plenty of kids are casting ballots for president. First came the results of Scholastic's youth vote last week in which Sen. Barack Obama won by a large margin (57 percent for Obama, 39 percent for Sen. John McCain and 4 percent for others.)...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 22, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Connected -- And Happy About It

For any of us who've spent time watching YouTube videos or playing online games with our kids or who rely on our cellphones to call each other to coordinate schedules, this new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project won't be a surprise. Nearly all married adults with...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 20, 2008; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (11)

The Candidates Take on Families

By Rebeldad Brian Reid The final debate of the 2008 presidential election season has come and gone. Whether you think that Sen. Barack Obama delivered a knockout punch or that Sen. John McCain reinvigorated his campaign has a lot to do with your politics, but one thing is widely agreed...

By Brian Reid | October 16, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Does Safe Haven Law Help or Hurt?

In late September, Nebraskan Gary Staton decided he'd had enough. Rather than ask relatives for help, he drove his nine underaged children to a hospital and left them there. Staton could do this without legal repercussions because Nebraska has a law allowing parents of minor children to abandon those children...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 6, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Teachable Money Moments

First came the foreclosures. Lots and lots of them. Then the price of oil shot through the roof. Now, the whole financial sector's on shaky ground, and our lawmakers are talking intricacies of bailout and how it affects taxpayers. This whole monetary crisis seems like as good a time as...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 24, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (49)

Do You Know What to Do When Your School Locks Down?

Last Thursday, three Prince William County schools moved to lockdown mode for five hours while police searched for a suspect believed to have been involved in a fatal shooting. According to a news release, Prince William school officials sent autodialer messages to parents and encouraged them to check the county...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 22, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (44)

Nursing in Public -- Again?

Reading The Consumerist earlier this week was a little too much like deja vu. A Consumerist blog reader -- Addie -- wrote in that she was told not to breastfeed while trying out a glider at a Babies R Us store in California: "I went to this Babies R Us...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (155)

TV, the French and Common Sense

By Rebeldad Brian Reid The latest shot in the war over TV and tots was fired last month in France, where the government there decided to ban all marketing of TV shows to kids under 3. Those who would broadcast such fare would be require to slap the following warning...

By Brian Reid | September 5, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (84)

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)

He Said, She Said: Two Takes on Palin

The Sarah Palin nomination and ensuing news reports about her family has left us lots to talk about. So, as a special blog treat today, Brian and I are sharing our views and reactions. He Said: Assumptions By Brian Reid Full disclosure: All I really know about Alaska Gov. Sarah...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 3, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (272)

Too Good for Youth Baseball?

Nine-year-old Jericho Scott apparently has a throwing arm that has left him out in left field in his youth baseball league. Jericho's 40 miles per hour fastball caused the Youth Baseball League of New Haven to bar him from pitching in the beginner league, the Associated Press reports. Jericho's Coach...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 27, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (79)

And the Medals Go to ...

Every two years, the Olympics are filled with feel-good stories and amazing performances. So this week's a good time to hand out Olympic medals to the best of the best: Those who combine athletic prowess with parenthood to make them truly worthy. This race has no judges with scores or...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 20, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (70)

Forgotten Children

It's been the talker all week: In their haste to board a flight from Tel Aviv to Paris, a family of seven forgot one very important thing -- their 4-year-old. The girl was found in tears at Ben-Gurion International Airport by a police officer, who sorted through the mess. The...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 8, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (94)

10 Ways for Busy Parents to Manage Households

Author Kathy Peel is not a fan of equal parenting. What happens if Mom's got a crush of work from the office for a month? Or Dad gets a serious illness? Instead, Peel, who calls herself a family manager -- "None of us wants to be a 'housewife.' I didn't."...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 4, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (231)

Has Advertising to Kids Changed?

Companies are making headway in trimming their advertising of unhealthy foods to kids. That's the latest from the Council of Better Business Bureau (CBBB), which began implementing The Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative in January 2007. Thirteen food and beverage companies are participating in the program, which aims to...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (91)

The Dangers Lurking in Pools

Four-year-old Rose Cozier is one of the lucky ones. Her arm got stuck in a backyard pool drain, but, as the girl turned purple and her eyes rolled back in her head, her mother was able to yank her out and the girl is recovering, according to CBS' The Early...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 25, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Obama Children

On July 4th, Barack and Michelle Obama granted "Access Hollywood" video time with 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha. The resulting footage shows a tight-knit family. Talkative Malia tells it how it is in her house. Dad leaves his heavy bag in the doorway for the family to trip on it....

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 11, 2008; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (273)

 

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