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SAD Season: How to Stay Upbeat with less Sunlight

While Daylight Savings promises an extra hour of perceived sleep, it also heralds the time of year when daylight becomes a scarce commodity. That can be bad news for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD as it is appropriately known. Doctors don’t know for sure what the cause or causes of SAD… Read more »

When Kids Lie, How to Reply

In late August, author Po Bronson appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss his book NutureShock: New Thinking About Children. One facet of this “new thinking,” according to Bronson, is understanding why kids lie. Because in reality, they lie a lot. What Bronson is specifically interested in is how to respond to it. Most… Read more »

Eye Popping: Our Gallery of Inspired Jack-O'-Lanterns

While trick-or-treating brings in the loot every October 31, it’s pumpkin carving that offers a chance to tap into your creativity, and impress those sugar hungry visitors at the door. Whether you’re throwing a party for friends, getting the family together, or embarking on a solo project, sculpting pumpkins, and other squash, is a classic… Read more »

Question of the Week: When Should Kids Start Pre-K?

In England, kids start pre-kindergarten at age four, but a new study from Cambridge is suggesting putting it off until six. The study itself took six years to complete, with 14 authors, 66 research consultants, 28 research surveys, over 1,052 “written submissions,” and 250 focus groups. The result is a report that’s 600 pages long…. Read more »

Ticket to Ride… As Cheaply As Possible

If you’re like me, you don’t care about luxury air travel. You just want to get from point A to B as cheaply as possible. As airlines cut capacity, finding inexpensive airfare is becoming tougher and tougher. But there are a few good tips to find cheap seats. An article by Rick Seaney at ABC… Read more »

8 "Best" Homemade Halloween Costumes Ever

There are a lot of clever ideas for Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, for every good idea, there are an equal number (if not more) bad ones. Here is a sampling of laughably bad ways to go trick or treating. Transformers Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Where the Kid-Appropriate Things Are

The film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are opened with an impressive gross of over $30 million at the box office last weekend. But the movie’s journey from production to theaters is a widely covered tale of artistic vision pitted against commercial viability. Wild Things was set to premiere a year ago, but the… Read more »

Denigrated or Defended, Video Games Hold Educational Promise

Do you have a convincing argument about the evils of video games? Pamela Eakes of Mother’s Against Violence does. In her article posted on a PBS website examining the impact of games, she enumerates the various problems video games can cause — addiction, increased aggression, and social isolation among others — and she urges parents… Read more »