Our soldiers and Iraqi children: the good, the bad and the asinine

Posted December 12, 2007 by Will Chen

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Our soldiers in Iraq.

Graco's New Mechanical Mama and a Real Mother's Internal Wars

Posted December 10, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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Graco calls its new product a "soothing center." I call it a very fancy and expensive swing that would probably be helpful to those with fussy babies. Viewing it brought up a longtime conflict within myself over just how much I should rely on mechanical gadgets in mothering my babies. Somewhere between wearing my baby every second of every day and replacing myself with one of Harry Harlow's "mechanical mothers," I have found an equilibrium.

How to Write a Christmas Letter

Posted December 9, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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It's not too late to write a Christmas letter! Whether you want to catch-up your friends or one-up your sister, follow these easy tips for sending your own festive newsletter this season.

Darwin Award: Parenting Edition

Posted December 9, 2007 by Will Chen

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Looking for Father of the Year? Look no further.

Top 5 Christmas Gifts That Won't Crowd the Moving Van

Posted December 8, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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Got a New Year's move on your calendar? The last thing you need before a move is to load up on bulky toys at the holidays. Try these options to make packing light and easy this time.

Is School Out Early Today? How I Address the Home School Question

Posted December 8, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Shopping with the kiddos on any given weekday, I am approached by at least one well-meaning adult wanting to know if school was dismissed early. My daughter, a precocious 9-year-old, puffs out her chest and announces that, “We are home-schooled.” While this often defensive comment does say it all, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you more about our decision to home-educate.

Timeshare a Nanny

Posted December 6, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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Affordability is not the only benefit to sharing a nanny. Here's a list of more, plus a sample nannyshare agreement to get your started.

Beautiful People Have More Daughters?

Posted December 5, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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Don't hate me because I have more daughters than you. It's because I'm beautiful, according to a controversial new book. My magic mirror is not convinced, and neither am I.

Yes, You Can Shower

Posted December 4, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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Think you can't get even the bare minimum of me-time when baby won't nap? You can, if you get creative. Here are 10 ideas for parking the baby or toddler long enough to get naked. Disclaimer: We're not saying you'll have time to shave.

What's in your Children's Movies (and what should they see)?

Posted July 16, 2007 by Maggie Wells

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It's summer and there are a whole crop of films geared towards your five year old but are rated PG or PG-13. Movie studios will argue that they are meant for older kids but older kids don't eat Happy Meals. Older kids aren't a size 4T, but a preschooler is. So what's a parent to do with their budding Jack Sparrows and Spidermen? Take them to see things rated G or PG but don't let the rating be your guide.

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