Parenting

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Is Facebook the New Big Tobacco?

(Image by Josh Russell on Flickr.) According to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Facebook is exploring ways to tap the under-13 set. Currently kept from legally […]

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Competition for College Admission is Ruining Childhood

Yesterday’s New York Times “Motherlode” blog featured an entry about getting girls into college. The blog was a reaction to a recent article on The […]

Kids and Social Media: The Official Worry/Don’t Worry Crib Sheet

Sexting Worry: Adolescent brains have undeveloped frontal lobes, the area responsible for reasoning and judgment. So yes, they will do stupid things with their cell […]

Kids and Social Media: The Official Worry/Don't Worry Crib Sheet

Sexting Worry: Adolescent brains have undeveloped frontal lobes, the area responsible for reasoning and judgment. So yes, they will do stupid things with their cell […]

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Synthetic Marijuana Hysteria Hits Massachusetts

(Photo by Torben Hansen on Flickr.) It’s spring. That means if your kids aren’t rifling through your medicine cabinet or slamming Purell hand sanitizer, they’re […]

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Change.org Petition Seeks to End Shock Therapy for Kids

(Image by Urban Woodswaller on Flickr.) The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton is the only place in the country where kids with severe behavioral problems […]

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Bake Sale Ban Misses the Point

These cupcakes only look sweet and innocent. (Photo by Jupiterimages / Banana Stock / Thinkstock.) The elementary school bake sale: Is there anything more wholesome, […]

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The Mommy Wars and Math

(Photo via iStockphoto.) In the midst of last week’s mommy war kerfuffle, I found myself longing to dive head-first into the lush confines of an […]

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What Franco Garcia Can Teach Us

Yesterday the body of Franco Garcia was pulled from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, ending a nearly two-month search and hope against hope that the Boston […]

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Trayvon Martin and the 'Code'

It’s hard to look at the photo of Trayvon Martin that’s coursing around the Internet and see a threat. The 140-pound, 17-year-old is more boy […]

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Trayvon Martin and the 'Code'

It’s hard to look at the photo of Trayvon Martin that’s coursing around the Internet and see a threat. The 140-pound, 17-year-old is more boy […]

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Trayvon Martin and the 'Code'

It’s hard to look at the photo of Trayvon Martin that’s coursing around the Internet and see a threat. The 140-pound, 17-year-old is more boy […]

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Boston Public Schools Shelves Pink Slime

In case you haven’t heard of it, “pink slime” is the pulverized and ammonia-hydroxide-treated slaughterhouse scraps mixed into regular beef. It’s a food product that […]

Arts & Entertainment

Will the Real Star of the Super Bowl Please Stand Up?

There was a distinctly weird moment during Sunday’s Super Bowl, and I’m not talking about Ahmad Bradshaw falling backward into the end-zone for that touchdown […]

Wellness

Parents, Listen: There's No Such Thing as Too Busy to Use the Car Seat

Parents, Listen: There’s No Such Thing as Too Busy to Use the Car Seat. There’s overparenting, and then there’s the other extreme. A new study […]