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Feb08

Academic Redshirting: should you hold your kid back?

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I’ve been thinking about the practice of redshirting: postponing your child’s entrance into kindergarten to give him or her an academic or social edge. I’m not considering it for my son, mind you: we were spared that decision, because Henry just missed the cut-off date in New Jersey; we’re paying for another year of preschool […]

Feb04

Can I handle taking care of a baby?

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Because Babies Don’t Come With Nice Leather-Bound Dayplanners Hi there! I’ve been reading you at amalah & here since the beginning of the school year (I even read the archives; I had a lot of time on my hands before the kids came back) and I love the amount of thought that you give to […]

Jan29
Necessities for Baby’s First Year: The Baby-Gift-a-Month Club

Necessities for Baby’s First Year: The Baby-Gift-a-Month Club

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Two years ago, I packed my life in two bags and left for London. Living here has been wonderful, I have an amazing job, and being alone in a strange country has done wonders to my marriage. However, all this time, I have not been able to go back to visit, and needless to say, […]

Jan09
Teenage Wasteland (of Stretch Marks)

Teenage Wasteland (of Stretch Marks)

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Dearest Amy, I’m pretty sure you have probably addressed the issue of stretch marks due to pregnancy, but I have a different question regarding stretch marks. My 15-year old daughter has gained quite a bit of weight in the past year and has rather large, gaping stretch marks on the sides of her waist. They […]

Dec21

Here comes Santa Claus

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As a child I was terrified of Santa. I had nightmares: a red-gloved hand clawing at my window, glass breaking downstairs while I hid under my bed. Who wouldn’t be scared of this creepy, omniscient stranger who was judging, ever judging? At the mall, he would demand that I sit on his lap and tell […]

Dec21
Birth Rates are Increasing Dramatically

Birth Rates are Increasing Dramatically

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We’re in the early stages of a Baby Boom in the US. Yup. I had read that before. But only now is it starting to show up in our national birth data. National Birth Figures 2006: 4,265,996 2005: 4,138,349 2004: 4,112,052 2003: 4,089,950 2002: 4,021,726 2001: 4,025,933 2000: 4,058,814 Believe it or not, what got […]

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