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Archived Since:July 10, 2011

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Turn Your Princess-Obsessed Toddler Into a Feminist in Eight Easy Steps

Imposing a Women's Studies Curriculum on your Disney Princess. Someday she'll thank you!

Eating Chinese Takeout and Dreaming of Brisket

Last week, dinner did not go as planned. But having the plan still helped.

Preparing a Child to Own a Mobile Phone — But Not Always Use It

Having a phone can create a compulsion to do something when doing nothing is so often the better choice.

Quandary: Books for Readers Whose Skills Lag Behind Their Age

Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.

There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”

There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don't know what to do with that knowledge.

Looking at Soccer’s Concussion Risk, and Asking It to Change

Talking to kids about personal safety is like talking about retirement planning. We can't expect them not to play the game to win—so if heading the ball puts kids in danger, then soccer has to change the rules.

Preparing to Lose My Mind After Giving Birth

Putting a plan in place does not guarantee that you will have a postpartum mood disorder, or that you won’t. It does guarantee you will know how to get help if you need it.

For Trick or Treaters, Skip the Candy and Give Cash

A few houses hand out cash directly to kids. More often, families and dentists buy back the candy for cash. Some parents even haggle for the best stuff.

Pregnant, With ‘No Plans to Have Another Baby’ and No Ready Options

"I am a long time poster, but am here now under a different identity as it is much easier to ask for OB/GYN recommendations for having babies rather than terminating a pregnancy."

Diwali, Once Hidden, Now Lit Large

When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter's life is very different.

Where Are the American Boy Dolls?

At the American Girl store, my 8-year-old son was enraptured by the historical dolls. Surely, there were boys in those times, boys who would have saved the day by using their wits or shown great courage in hard times. Where were the...

This Is Not Your Mother’s Marijuana Talk. So What Should We Say?

Marijuana is legal in some states and under some circumstances, and can now be munched and drunk as well as smoked. How does that change the way we talk about it with our kids?

The ‘Breaking Bad’ Action Figure Outrage-O-Rama

“Breaking Bad” action figures probably don't belong in your 6-year-old’s toy box. But you knew that, right?

A Week of Waiting in Nebraska, for a Baby and a Change

My first appointment at the midwives' office in Omaha was awash in comfort, even so close to delivery.

For Some Children With Autism, Even a Toothbrush Is a Challenge

Dental cleanings happen only twice a year. Twice-daily brushing matters as much for dental health. To establish that routine for a child on the spectrum, start small.

For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue

At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.

Even the Tooth Fairy Has Regrets

Fall is rushing toward winter, and maybe there just isn't enough fall fun to be had to make up for it.

My Son, the Live Peanut Allergy Science Experiment

Our son is allergic to peanuts, and medically-supervised experimentation—a byproduct of desperation, and fear—is the best we have to offer him.

Driving Halfway Across the Country to Have a Baby

It's a lot of work to pack up your 4- and 2-year old sons and drive home to the Midwest to have a baby, but there are benefits. I'll be surrounded by friends and family, and have room to breathe.

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