What are the Top Baby Names of 2009?

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According to BabyNames.com, the new #1 name for girls is Amelia. They must’ve missed out on the critically panned Hilary Swank flick. Top Girls’ Names 2009: Amelia Isabella Ava Sophia Olivia Madeline Lily Abigail Chloe Emma See the top ten boys names after the jump.

Christmas Time is Here

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My daughter wrote her Dear Santa letter the other day: “Dear Santa, I really, really, really want UGGs for Christmas. And if your elves can’t make them, you can buy them at Nordstroms.” OK, I laughed and posted it on Facebook, and my girlfriends laughed too. But later that day, I sat down with my… Read more »

Should Your Workplace Monitor Your Blackberry?

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From the Times: The Supreme Court agreed last week to decide whether a police department in Ontario, Calif., violated the privacy rights of an employee when it inspected personal text messages of a police sergeant on a work-issued pager. While that case concerns public employees, a federal judge involved in the proceedings asked, “What are… Read more »

When Kids Learn the Truth About Santa

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and, uh, yes he does go to Iraq. Great story from The Mommy Files at the Chronicle by Amy Graff: “Where does Santa get all the toys?” my daughter asked as I was driving her to school this morning. Do your kids believe in Santa? “I think he… Read more »

Working the Kids Like Santa’s Elves

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Do you think it’s bad to work my kids like Santa’s elves? I won’t make them wear little suits, but I do need them to produce some Christmas gifts this year. Sure, at school they’ll make and wrap a couple of little things for Mom and Dad that they’ll bring home and put under the… Read more »

Thanksgiving Horror Stories

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Thanksgiving is a lovely tradition that brings family together over an extravagant meal, but it has the potential to go horribly wrong (most events that involve in-laws do). But there are a lot of stories of Thanksgivings that go wrong, and maybe your worst pales in comparison to someone else’s.

When Kids Lie, How to Reply

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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 »

Where the Kid-Appropriate Things Are

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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 »

Seriously… What's in a Name?

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Would a CEO by any other name be as successful? The guys who wrote Freakonomics raise a similar question in one of their recent New York Times blog post. The answer? No, they say, names don’t affect how successful or unsuccessful someone is. But the importance of names is not a point of universal agreement…. Read more »