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The glories of impromptu baking

At some point, we all have to come in from the snow and figure out a way to fill the days between now and that distant date when the kids will have to head back to school. We faced that moment here yesterday morning: I'd had it with TV, and...

By Brian Reid | December 22, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

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; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (54)

Youth Sports Builds Better... Parents?

My parents spent most of their best years on the sidelines, quite literally. With three kids and a garage full of field hockey sticks, baseball bats, soccer balls and hockey equipment, their social lives were dominated by the schedule of the season. It didn't stop when we left the house,...

By Brian Reid | September 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Does D.C. Have Too Many Parks?

Shortly after the 2004 election, I almost totally gave up on politically oriented blogs, realizing that they rarely made me smarter and generally just made me angry. This has improved my general disposition, but every once in a while it means that I miss a teacup-tempest that really does interest...

By Brian Reid | August 28, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

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)

Travel Soccer ... or Baseball ... or Any Sport

At the risk of alienating the parents of tens of thousands of youth in the D.C. region and probably hundreds of thousands of parents elsewhere, I just don't "get" travel sports. The big story this week is about a bunch of parents banished from the sidelines of two of their...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 22, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (67)


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