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Should Obese Kids Be Sent to Foster Care?

The parents of that plus-size baby in Texas have another thing to worry about beyond how they’re going to hold that kid (we’re going to […]

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Understanding The Nature of Forgiving in Light of a Tragic Murder

Understanding The Nature of Forgiving in Light of a Tragic Murder. Boston U. prof Charles Griswold, who’s studied the nature of forgiving, delves into Malcolm […]

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What a New Autism Study Means for Pregnant Women

When I was pregnant with my son nine years ago, I shunned alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, the works. I exercised, lightly, every day. I let myself […]

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Do Violent Video Games Make Kids More Aggressive?

Last week, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to overturn California’s law banning the sale of violent video games to minors, citing the First Amendment protection […]

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The Go the F**k to Sleep Approach to Parenting

By now, at least 10 people have emailed me the link to Lori Gottlieb’s controversial Atlantic article, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy.” The […]

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In Appreciation of Roughhousing

Last night, while our baby slept, the big kids took up weapons against the parents. First, they were Vikings, William wielding a plastic golf club […]

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Do Five Year Olds Really Need Graduation Ceremonies?

Each year, our kids’ elementary school pulls out all the stops for the end-of-the-year celebration. The kids sing songs, the teachers stand up for well-deserved […]

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Why I Lied to Get My Daughter into Summer Camp

“Just lie,” he said, nonchalantly. “Just lie?” I yelled, moral outrage flaring. “I can’t just…” I stopped mid-sentence, the dark alternative—hours on end with a young child, who’s latest game was “acting like a baby,” while I tried to work—spun in my head. I was lost. I was alone. I was desperate. So, I took my husband’s advice and I lied.

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Old School: Should Grandparents Take Parenting 101 Before the Grandkids Arrive?

My favorite line from a friend’s mother after spending a weekend with her and her kids was: “Do you always talk to them so much?” Why, yes. Yes, we do.

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On Parenting: Searching for Meaning in a Bowl of Rice

Somehow, our dull dinner hour had morphed into a bona fide family event, and I realized that Annie had supplied us with a dose of pure joy that is the highest function of babies everywhere.

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Tales of a Fourth-Grade Party

The drop-off party was nothing short of a revelation. I felt the way you do when your plane lands in Florida in mid-February.

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You're Feeling Very Sleepy

If you thought you had a tough time staying awake in college seminars, just try not to doze off as Harvard professors read the bedtime […]

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A Mother's Day Thank You to My Mothers in Arms

For suggesting that I keep a Stain Stick near the changing table and a Swiffer in the dining room. For hand-me-down clothes. More to the […]

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On Parenting: Three's a Charm?

I was in the second trimester of my third pregnancy, and my overarching feeling was, well, anticlimax. I know, I know. I was growing a […]

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On Parenting: Learning to Love Bedtime

Last night our ten-month-old baby cried for an hour after I put her down. She never does that. Usually it’s ten minutes and she conks […]