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Oct05

Bush decides children are expendable, also delicious

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Here’s one promise the president kept: on Wednesday President Bush vetoed the funding bill for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), just as he said he would. As a direct result of his actions, almost seven million children will lose insurance coverage in one month, and millions more won’t receive coverage to begin with. […]

Sep28
I am shameless: Britney Spears, Mother, Nude

I am shameless: Britney Spears, Mother, Nude

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Allegations from Britney Spear’s former bodyguard of her parental nudity has become a focus over the past two weeks. The first thing that popped into my mind was that of all her supposed and actual parenting faux pas, this is the one on which I would least focus. But our puritanical and finger-wagging society cannot […]

Sep28

Another mercurial finding from the CDC

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There’s a new study out this week on thimerosal, the controversial preservative once commonly used in vaccines. Whether or not thimerosal causes autism has been the cause of much debate, and this new study appears, at first, to reassure. I have to admit, it’s a little intimidating to cover this topic. I know there are […]

Sep26

Child of Mine: When Your Parents Disagree With Your Parenting

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Hi Amy, I know this isn’t the usual kind of question you answer on the advice smackdown, but I thought you & the other parents might have some helpful words of advice for me. My husband & I are just starting to think about trying for our first baby. As someone who spent the greater […]

Sep13
Tiny Chairs For Tiny Bottoms: Children’s Chairs

Tiny Chairs For Tiny Bottoms: Children’s Chairs

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As I sat around this week thinking of what to write for today’s column I realized I’d never shared my obsession for tiny chairs. At the height of my obsession I had 7 tiny chairs in various rooms of my house. I found most of them at our local flea market and one adorable wicker […]

Sep07

Enough with the Crocs. Do you hear me? Enough!

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Maybe it’s end-of-summer fatigue, but I’ve had it with the sight of kids in Crocs. I was tired long ago of them on adults, but now my disgust has spilled over to the children. First of all, when they get encrusted with filth, as all children’s footwear do—especially by the end of summer—Crocs look especially […]

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