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Aug15

When is it okay to leave your child alone at home?

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If we have learned anything from the film classic “Home Alone,” it is that leaving a child by himself (accidentally or on purpose) for any period of time can result in all manner of shenanigans. Also, Joe Pesci will show up. However, at some point, the parent must make the leap and let her child […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

May23

Teenagers and the Internet: can we survive them?

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A few months ago, Frontline aired an episode on Teens and the Internet: “Growing up Online.” I had missed it when it first appeared, but I was sure to catch it when it aired again this week. It was a sober, balanced look at the influence of technology’s influence on the next generation, and as […]

Apr10
The Best of the Tooth Fairy

The Best of the Tooth Fairy

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Martha%20Stewart%20Tooth%20Bears.jpgEver wonder where the Tooth Fairy comes from? What’s the going rate for a lost tooth? Find out and let us know what the fairy pays in your ‘hood.

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