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

Posted December 12, 2007 by Will Chen

Our soldiers in Iraq.

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

Posted December 10, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.