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Aug11
Bite Me: Insect Repellents That Really Work

Bite Me: Insect Repellents That Really Work

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Bug Repellents That Really Work Hi Amy, So about this time of year, every year, I start to look like a leper. Why? Because apparently I was put on this earth to be a mosquito buffet. I’m not kidding — every time I go outside, I put on bug spray (I’m on my third different […]

Aug08

Only children: will they grow up to be selfish, lonely, self-centered, homicidal maniacs?

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Scott and I have been torturing ourselves over the question of trying again for a second child. We share an urge to embiggen the family, but we also like our little club just the way it is. Henry certainly seems happy enough on his own. True, he has occasionally asked for a little brother, but […]

Jul25

Is pretend-shooting acceptable play for kids?

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I have been shot. I also have also been blasted. Tasered. Stun-gunned. Vanquished. Laid low by a surprise shot from a laser cannon. Sent into unconsciousness by a sleep weapon that looked an awful lot like a pillow. I can’t talk about the mind-control ray that seized control of my brains, except that BLKELEHGJADHKADSJFH. See, […]

Jul15

Kirtsy: it’s Digg for Chicks

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kirtsy%20logo.gifAlpha Mom HEARTS Kirtsy. If you haven’t visited yet, get there today. It’s one of my personal go-to sites and I am beyond honored to be this week’s Guest Editor.

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Jun27

Are our children overprotected?

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As we walk to the playground, Henry yells to his friend, “Let’s race!” And they do. Down sidewalks that are bulging and splitting from the tree roots underneath, two semi-coordinated boys flail their legs downhill, shouting with glee. Behind them, I cringe, and wonder who’s going to scrape his knee this time. But I keep […]

Jun20

The city or the suburbs: which is better for kids?

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As readers of Finslippy probably know, Scott and I once lived in Brooklyn, where we wrestled with the nagging question: now that we’re a family, are we ethically and morally bound to live in the suburbs? It seemed to be a question that most people answered in the affirmative. Children need space, they said, and […]

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