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When Kids Control the Conversation

When I was a kid, parent-teacher conferences and back-to-school nights always made me feel like something was going on behind my back. I didn't have anything to hide, really, so I wasn't afraid my teachers were telling my parents anything incriminating. Still, I couldn't shake the knowledge that a couple...

By Jen Chaney | October 14, 2009; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (37)

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)

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)

The Back-to-School Commercial Hall of Fame

Jen Chaney -- who covers topics as varied as movies, DVDs and "Lost" for, contributes to Babble's Strollerderby blog and happens to be the mother of a toddler -- will write occasional posts for OnParenting. Here is her first. Nothing portends end-of-summer doom quite like the back-to-school commercial. As...

By Jen Chaney | August 27, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Do Teens Need More Sleep or More Discipline?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid I have always aspired to being a morning person, but I've always been lousy at it. I have woken up early most of my adult life, but that hasn't been my choice. My first job required me at my desk at 6 a.m., meaning that I...

By Brian Reid | February 12, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (34)

College at Age 16

At the end of October, New Hampshire announced plans for "new rigorous state board of exams to be given to 10th graders. Students who pass will be prepared to move on to the state's community or technical colleges, skipping the last two years of high school," according to Time. Other...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 2, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (41)

Mom vs. the Teacher

And Round 1 goes to ... the teacher. Mom Traci Jaramillo says she's concerned about the quality of her 7-year-old daughter's education. She's called and e-mailed the teacher, and the two had a tense exchange during the parent-teacher conference. Apparently, something in the tone scared teacher Lisa Savaleta, who got...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 22, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)


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