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 »

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 »

The Hidden Dangers of Competitive Sports

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Sports are a staple of high school extracurricular activities, but are they worth the time commitment and potential dangers of injury? Writer Jonnie Wall on sports website Sportales breaks down the pros and cons of youth athletics, though most of the arguments on both sides are fairly familiar, especially on the emotional and mental tradeoffs… Read more »

Rejected: Parents Friending Their Kids on Facebook

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There’s a new website called Oh Crap, My Parents Joined Facebook that catalogs embarrassing messages and posts from parents who don’t quite “get” social networking. The site pays tribute to the new but frequent phenomenon of kids feeling like their privacy is invaded when parents send them a friend request. It’s an understandable sentiment. When… Read more »

How Many Kids is too Many?

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Big families may be all the rage on TLC, but in American life off-screen, they’ve become increasingly rare. More than that, they’ve contracted an air of stigmatization, according to a New York Times article printed earlier this year that addressed public perceptions of “large” families. Nowadays “large” seems to mean four or more kids, but… Read more »

Parental Controls

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Monitoring and censoring your kids’ computer use is a decision that’s left up to parents. But parental controls aren’t just about blocking access to explicit websites. Consider enabling controls to set maximums on computer usage or, for younger users, a safeguard for internet safety. In Windows Vista and Mac OS X, you can also set… Read more »

Be Careful of Computers — They're Heavy

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Recent studies indicate that video game or chat addictions aren’t the only dangers posed to children by computers. According to an article by Jennifer Thomas of Health Day, over 9,000 children are now injured every year by computer hardware—a dramatic increase from the 1,300 kids hurt by computers in 1994. The majority of children are… Read more »