Get Rid of Kids Junk

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Introduction You know the feeling, that sense of dread that knots up in the pit of your stomach when you think about dealing with your child’s hopelessly messy room. You have tried threatening, begging and bribing your clutter-prone kiddo to no avail. She simply insists on keeping every toy, art project and article of clothing… Read more »

Are Kids a Shortcut to Celebrity?

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For parents, their children are the most important thing in their lives. But for some celebrities, maybe that’s only because those parents can get attention from their kids. Think about it: we live in the era of Balloon Boy, Octomom, and the Palin family. But haven’t celebrities and their kids always been in the spotlight?… Read more »

Obama Administration to Rid Schools of Junk Food

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The Obama administration is working to get rid of junk food from public schools, including soda, candy, and fried foods. By introducing a more nutritious fare to schools, the hope is that it will combat the country’s obesity problem. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of schools banning junk food, but this push could… Read more »

Are Liberals Bad Parents?

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Bear with me. I didn’t know what I was expecting when I clicked on an article titled “Liberals Need Parenting Lessons” from a website called Right Pundits. No, actually, I do know what I was expecting. Exactly this. The author, Suzanne Venker, asserts that liberals need parenting lessons, based on the thesis of a book… Read more »

School Lunch is About to Get a Lot Safer

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In response to an investigation by USA Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will take steps to improve food safety in the National School Lunch Program. Those steps include raising the standards for ground beef, testing that beef more thoroughly, and better communication within the department to identify potential safety issues before… Read more »

Breathe Dad… Think

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Today marks another milestone in the raising of a little boy. It’s not a proud moment by any means, but I guess it’s one of those things that happens in every kid’s educational career. And just what is this great family achievement? Well, I received my first call from a school principal today.


Facebook: Corporate Security Risk

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Sophos, an anti-malware company, polled the IT department of 500 companies and found that of the four social networking websites, 60% of managers picked Facebook as the biggest corporate security risk. Of course, that’s not really scientific. Facebook just happens to be the biggest social network, compared to MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Getting Kids to Turn Off the Computer

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I read A LOT of parenting and safety sites every day (for your benefit, lucky readers), and most of the articles I find that deal with kids and internet safety tend to exaggerate the threat of internet predators. So this article from Rachel Dretzin, writing for PBS Parents, was refreshing in identifying the greater struggle… Read more »

How I Stay Balanced

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How do I stay balanced when my life is spinning around me? It’s not really my life spinning but me, multi-tasking, turning, and twisting like a short-order cook managing multiple burners in a surround stove kitchen. On a daily basis, it’s the usual overwhelming mom stuff of the late-afternoon, just-arriving-home scenario: the kids are hungry… Read more »