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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)

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; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (84)

Will the risk of brain injury dampen your child's gridiron dreams

Youth sports can be brutal. When I was a teen, I went to one of my sister's field hockey games. In the span of five minutes, three members of the opposing team had to be helped off the field after being struck by the hard-as-a-rock field hockey ball. A few...

By Brian Reid | October 23, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

The Boy, the Bus and the Happy Ending

Much of what we talk about here is efforts to avoid horrifying situations that are far more rare than we believe them to be. Kids, as a general rule, don't get kidnapped, they don't die in freakish and preventable ways, they aren't warped for life by a single act of...

By Brian Reid | October 14, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

YouTube, Etc: When All The World is Watching

One of the great recurring debates in parenthood is whether you should ever put something funny your child did on YouTube. Generally, these tempests in a teacup follow the posting of truly hysterical (or cute) videos that go viral. My dentist dominated family is especially fond of David After Dentist,...

By Brian Reid | October 9, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

More on Cars and Kids: Throwing Away the Key

My first car was a boat of an automobile: a 1975 Caprice Classic convertible that could seat about 10 high school kids on its ratty vinyl bench seats. The radio didn't work, and the top of the mammoth gas tank leaked, so I could only put half a tank of...

By Brian Reid | October 7, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (29)

Tough Parents and Good Teen Drivers

The great lesson of the first couple years of parenting is that it is hard to really, really screw up child rearing. Sure, the kids might be lousy sleepers or picky eaters or late walkers or too demure or too loud, but there's (usually) no permanent damage done. But that...

By Brian Reid | September 28, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (22)

Why We Shouldn't Care About the End of Walking to School

The New York Times, over the weekend, shined a light on one of our great modern scourges: the lack of kids who walk to school. Now, I don't mean to quarrel with those who believe that children could stand to get up and move a bit more often, but the...

By Brian Reid | September 15, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

Little Girls, College Guys -- and Nervous Parents

By Brian Reid When we moved, a year ago, there were certain trappings of D.C., that we wanted to maintain. I kept my cellphone number. We held onto our house. And we wanted to work like heck to ensure that our eldest child didn't lose the Spanish skills she'd built...

By Brian Reid | August 20, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (61)

When A 7-Year-Old Gets Bullied

When Beth of Silver Spring's daughter came home earlier this year and told her mom that a boy had been calling the girl chicken, Beth didn't take it too seriously. Beth told her daughter to squawk like a chicken back at the boy, figuring that would be the end of...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 15, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (24)

Fireplace Dangers Lurk in the Glass

Jennifer Gore's son Tommy is one of the lucky ones. That's her view of the hand burn the then 11 1/2 month old suffered while playing at a friend's house. Tommy's is one of many incidents of serious fireplace burns to hands and arms that doctors at Children's National Medical...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 25, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

The New Toy Safety Rules and You

Congressionally mandated toy safety rules that take effect Feb. 10 have left freecyclers and resellers of children's products scrambling to understand the law and how it affects them. The result has been word-of-mouth back and forth of truths and rumors about the law. The rules ban the selling of children's...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 27, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Technology Is Less the Big Bad Wolf Than Everyone Thinks

Between 1990 and now, the safety of our kids online has improved in many ways. That's the crux of a 278-page report on Enhancing Child Safety & Online Technologies by the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. That's not to say everything is hunky dory and we shouldn't worry at all,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 14, 2009; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Adam Walsh Case Finally Closed

In 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh went missing from a Hollywood, Fla., shopping mall, sending all of South Florida into a tailspin. Today, more than two decades later, Adam's killer has finally been named: Ottis Toole, a suspect who had twice confessed and recanted, admitted to the crime on his deathbed,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 16, 2008; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (17)

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)

'No Candy Here'; I'm a Sex Offender

As Halloween approaches, police around the country aren't taking any chances with sex offenders. In Maryland, about 1,200 registered sex offenders have been sent letters from the state's Division of Parole and Probation that tell them to stay inside from 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 until the next morning. Their...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 23, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (35)

Chicago Thinks Gay-Friendly High School May Be Answer

In Chicago, the school system is trying to tackle a problem of harassment and violence toward gay students. The public schools CEO's solution seems simple: Open a "gay-friendly" high school. The school's curriculum would not differ from other schools. However, it would offer counseling for students and the curriculum would...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 14, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (57)

Is Your Booster on the Good or Bad List?

One booster seat is not as good as another. That's the word from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, which released a list of the best, good and bad boosters. But don't rush out to the store for a new...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 2, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Webkinz User Learns Real-World Lesson

Even on Webkinz, a virtual world considered fairly safe, kids can learn real-world lessons about theft. Webkinz, for the two of us whose kids haven't yet clamored for them, are plush pets that come to life in a virtual world after their new parents have "adopted" them. The site's target...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Sex Ed: How Early? How Detailed?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid It's a weird world we live in where -- in a time of economic turmoil, foreign wars and a health care system that teeters on the brink -- one of the surprise issues of the presidential election season is sexual education. First, there was the brouhaha...

By Brian Reid | September 18, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (101)

Teen Driving Age Revisited

In November, we had a spirited (as always) discussion about teen drivers and whether the licensing age should rise. The talk followed the deaths of seven teens on Maryland roads. Well, this week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has weighed in saying that states should raise the legal licensing...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 11, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (107)

A Lesson in Behavior

chicago sun times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1144389,CST-EDT-skuledit04.article cdc: youth violence prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/YVP/school_violence.htm

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 10, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (95)

Child on Board the Bike

Even with gas prices dipping just under $4 per gallon in some places, commuting costs are much higher than they once were. Drive around the D.C. area this summer and you're bound to see many more people commuting by bicycle rather than car. But are there good and bad ways...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 28, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (104)

Public Photos, Pedophilia and Common Sense

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Yesterday, my inbox lit up after Boing-Boing, one of the biggest blogs in the world, posted an excerpt from a story that ran in the UK's Daily Mail about a father who was harassed for trying to take pictures of his kids on a Sunday afternoon....

By Brian Reid | July 17, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (198)

Smiles, Crocs and Cholesterol

The news is filled with lots of tidbits this week. So, for today, put your hand in the grab bag and pull a few out: First, the good news. Baby's first smiles are great for mom. Now, I'm fairly certain that most moms could've told you this without a study,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 8, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

To Leash or Not to Leash

At first glance, the backpacks that have been popping up on toddlers lately look adorable. Soft monkeys, bears and dogs with straps. But look closer. The tail's attached to a grown-up. They seemed to be haunting me as we explored Sesame Place one day last week. And then a friend...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 2, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (226)

Guns in the House

Take a break from the computer for a few days, and look what happens -- gasp! -- news. First, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that child rapists could not receive the death penalty. While I'm certain that we all have our own views on whether or not this is...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (173)

 

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