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Want to know where the kids are? Ask their Buddy

We live in a dangerous world. We all know this. Many parents probably would go to any lengths to keep their kids safe, or at least to have better tabs on where they are at any given moment. Enter the Little Buddy, a new child-tracking device that moms and dads...

By Jen Chaney | October 29, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (33)

Why We Divide Ourselves into Parenting Tribes

By Rebeldad Brian Reid The breastfeeding brouhaha that Stacey referenced recently got me thinking about how many parenting conflicts are basically made up, yet divide parents into tribes. Breastfeeding is not a bad example of this: While the benefits of breastfeeding seem incontrovertible, the degree of the benefit is not...

By Brian Reid | March 30, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (46)

Are You Done?

In January, one of America's most famous large families is expected to add baby No. 18. The Duggars -- led by dad Jim Bob and mom Michelle will know when they are done having kids when she stops getting pregnant. For those of us of different faiths and beliefs than...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 8, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (41)

The Debate: Are We Too Materialistic?

In Wednesday's The Holiday-Birthday Mashup comments, many readers piped in with great thoughts about celebrating birthdays and the holidays. Clearly, most of us are comfortable with the gift-giving that we do for these events. And those concerned about the glut of gifts in the house do a few things to...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 7, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (35)

The Debate: Contraceptives in Schools

AP Poll of parents: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/01/AR2007110100136.html NYT: King school in Maine: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/us/21portland.html?_r=1&em&ex=1193112000&en=578ad4cb4adf6179&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 2, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (66)

Health Insurance for Children

As expected, President Bush vetoed the $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that the House and Senate approved last week. "The current bill goes too far toward federalizing health care and turns a program meant to help low-income children into one that covers children in...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 3, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (68)

To the Eldest ...

"Scientists have found that first-born children are smarter than their brothers and sisters. It appears they are more likely to succeed in business, too." So reads the lead of a USA Today story this week touting first-borns as more likely to become CEOs. The newspaper, finding no scientific study examining...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 7, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Clean Is Your House?

When I was born, someone should have warned my neat-freak mom that this girl was missing a gene. But it didn't take long for us to butt heads about cleanliness. A favorite mom threat was that she was going to throw everything on my closet floor out of the house....

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 31, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (68)

A Little Perspective

A number of years ago, a co-worker related something she saw during a visit to the nearby mall. She observed an elderly woman approach a mother and her young daughter -- no more than 5 or 6 years old -- and ask, "Are you enjoying your shopping trip?" "GET AWAY...

By Bob Greiner | August 28, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Safety Dance

Being a parent sometimes feels like riding right into the danger zone. And not in a Kenny Loggins type of way. Fisher Price announced last week a massive toy recall after many products were found to contain lead paint. (If you missed it, you can read the full list of...

By Jen Chaney | August 8, 2007; 06:25 AM ET | Comments (58)

Do the Dutch Have It Right?

I love that a Time magazine article on children's happiness leads with a picture of a little sister pinching her brother's face. He's not crying in pain; instead, he seems to be having fun. Could that truly be real? I'm fairly certain that in my house such a picture would...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 17, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (87)

The Debate: No Contact Allowed

A middle schooler puts his arm around his girlfriend and is sent to the school office for unlawful touching. Two 14-year-old girls are kicked off a city bus and called "sickos" for kissing. Since when has the human touch become so problematic? Bans on fighting make sense. Rules against excessive...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 22, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (25)

The Debate: My Son and Video Games

Since the launch of On Parenting, I've hoped to get more voices represented here. After all, I only have two same-gender kids of certain ages. And all families face some unique challenges. Finally, my constant nagging of co-workers has paid off -- please welcome guest blogger Ju-Don Marshall Roberts. If...

By Ju-Don Roberts | May 25, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Debate: Should Spelling Be Taught?

Say it isn't so. Some teachers and academic researchers say that they no longer teach spelling. Their argument is that the rote memorization they teach is no longer necessary thanks to spell check. So, let's see. If I right this blog with misspellings, will anyone notice? Oh, wait ... the...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 18, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (77)

The Debate: Toy Obsessions

Early last month, Arlington Dad asked: "What's the deal with the Lego obsession? My six-year-old boy lives and breathes Legos. He gets up and plays Legos, comes to breakfast with a handful of Legos, then talks about Legos at breakfast. He comes home from school, and before he goes to...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 27, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Debate: Should Governments Stop Spanking?

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly opposes spanking children. But what happens if all discipline techniques don't work and a parent spanks his or her child? Should governments punish parents? Should they have the right to decide how parents deal with problem behavior? That's the question that's been hotly debated...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 29, 2007; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Debate: Do You Talk Religion?

My house is filled with singing these days -- mostly of Hebrew and English Passover songs that my son has been learning at school. This is a school that I adore in every way: great teachers, good projects, fabulous playground, really nice kids. But my children's classes are much more...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 23, 2007; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (196)

1 or 17 -- Or Somewhere in the Middle

"While I know this won't go over well, I also think most people should not have more than one child. It takes a lot of self awareness, stable life and economic situation, and ability to stand up and decide to do what will work best for the whole family over...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 22, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Debate: No Child Left Behind

Read the U.S. Department of Education's "No Child Left Behind" site, and you might think that the act is the best thing since sliced bread. * For America's nine-year-olds in reading, more progress was made in five years than in the previous 28 combined. * America's nine-year-olds posted the best...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 16, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Debate: Homework

Elementary School: Teacher gave me homework. Hurray! I'm a big kid, now. High school: Pull all-nighter finishing up homework after full day of school followed by school musical practice and family dinner. College: Procrastinate on all homework. Do bare minimum to pass. Too burned out from high school for extracurricular...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 23, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (72)

The Debate: When to Start Kindergarten

Reader Ann asked a question recently that is on the minds of many soon-to-be kindergarten parents: "I was wondering if there has been any recent research on kindergarten cut-off deadlines, pros/cons of sending a 'younger' five year old to kindergarten or holding the child back a year, and what difference...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 16, 2007; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Debate: The Internet and Kids

Welcome to the Friday Debate. Each week, I'll bring up a controversial topic for everyone to bat around. Ideally, we'll all learn something from each other. The ground rules are simple: Respect each other's opinions, but don't expect that everyone will share your view -- that would be SO boring!...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 9, 2007; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (54)

 

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