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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18, 2006

School bans tag at recess

Have you read this article about a Mass. school banning tag and touch football since it is risky and they worry about getting sued?? Do lawyers rule the world? Are risk management officers going to micromanage our lives until we all hide away in a...

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MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2006

Computer Dumb?

Are today's parents too computer dumb to know what their kids are really up to online?How are you watching your kids' online moves? What do you do to keep them out of danger on the Internet?Are you a teen who is being spied on by...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 2006

Picky Eaters

Did you read the article “Picky eater’s start early in life” in today’s SR Food section? It’s true that children imitate their parents, but being a picky eater may also be attributed to what parents allow. I don’t fully agree with the last statement made,...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2006

Pink Muppet Controversy

Has anyone read the concerns about the new pink girl muppet, Abby Cadabby? I have NOT seen Ms. Cadabby yet but am perplexed by the people complaining that she is 'too pink, too girly' and is not a good role model for girls. Here's an...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 2006

Diapers....cloth or disposable

With my first child I used disposable, when I was pregnant the seond time around I wanted to do cloth, they are less expensive 9 larger up front cost) and are better for the enviroment. However when my second pregnancy showed twins I was not...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2006

Why is no one talking about the school shooting?

All morning, I kept waiting for someone else to post something on this blog about the latest school shooting in Colorado.As I tab between programs on my computer, trying to get some work done, Internet headlines keep flashing across my screen revealing new details about...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2006

here come the potty jokes

When I had my first boy I knew that raising boys would be different from my childhood full of Barbie dolls. My 4 year old has recently started telling me jokes with farts and other bodily functions in the punch. While this was not unexpected,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2006

family tradtions

My grandparents from Alaska are here visitng this week and my kids got to meet them for the first time... it had me thinking of family traditons, how when I was growing up we ( My parents and sister, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle...

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Crickets!

You wonder at what age is it time for our children to learn the responsibility of raising their own pet. Our 11 yr old son just recently purchased a Green Anole, that we currently refer to as Mr. Lizard. You ask the routine questions of...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2006

The bullying stops here

At least that's what school officials around the country would like to happen. Today's story about bulling in the Idaho editions of The Spokesman-Review echos reports across the country of school officials' efforts to crack down on bullying.Curious to hear what parents think. Is bullying...

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MONDAY, AUG. 28, 2006

Piercing questions about ear piercings

My soon-to-be 14 year-old daughter wants to have her ears pierced. I have heard horror stories about infections, improper piercings, etc. from parents of some of her friends. Since I do not have my ear pierced, I have no experience with either the process or...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 17, 2006

TV trumps Mom

Just saw this tidbit from ABC News about a study that says TV eases kids pain better than Mom's reassurance.OK, well, that's not totally surprising. I mean, how many times have you watched a kid who trips, falls or otherwise gets a minor bump or...

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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2006

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2, 2006

Day Care Dilemmas

"The nanny quit."Those words have sent shockwaves through too many parents I know. I haven't experienced it first-hand because my husband and I took the more insane route of juggling schedules, working around preschool and elementary school hours and cobbling together summer activities to avoid...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2006

Tracking kids via cell phone

When I sent out an email to several hundred random addresses in a database kept by The Spokesman-Review, I was looking for local families who are using the new tracking features offered by several cell phone companies. (I didn't find any, by the way.)What I...

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SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2006

Managing the media

Several members of the Parents' Council recently met with Spokesman-Review Editor Steve Smith to talk about how news decisions are made and how they affect kids today.After the meeting, during which Smith explained the newspaper's values that drive news decisions daily, the moms who attended...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2006

TV in the bedroom

A while ago we had a little TV in our 4-year-old son's room, just for movies as it was not hooked up to cable or anything. We thought this was OK since he would not be watching anything with content we did not approve of....

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MONDAY, JULY 10, 2006

Too many kids?

At the playground today I bravely took my four young boys age 4, 16month old twins and a 4 1/2 month old. While it is a bit of a stuggle to do things with them all being so young I enjoy getting them out. Another...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2006

breastfeeding untill....?

Now that many women are returning to breastfeeding there have been discussions on the appropriate age to stop breastfeeding ones child. I personally know moms who breastfed, at least part of the time, untill thier child was three or four. Is there a certain age...

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SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2006

public,private,home or virtual?

Now with so many options to school your kids what do you prefer and why? We will be sending our kids to St. Michaels academy since we are parish members and I know even those who are not members send thier kids there due to...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2006

Appropriate Dressing

In the Spokesman-Review June 24, 2006 issue, there was a letter to the editor, “Bikinis expose dangers.” An example was given about young girls who are wearing very little clothing while getting people to come for a car wash. You’ve probably seen them yourselves. The...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2006

The Bullying Stops Here!

My soon-to-be 12 year old son had a hard adjustment this 6th grade year. New school district, new school, and new friends. He spent K-5th with kids he know from his daycare days. Daycare stops when a child reaches a certain age, therefore with two...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2006

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2006

Trouble with MySpace

Editor's note: This message came to me via email, with the writers asking not to be identified. Because it's a topic that I'm sure is on the minds of a lot of parents, I'm posting it below."Both we, as grandparents, and her mother, are concerned...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2006

Gender snobs?

As a mom of 4 young boys I have noticed something interesting, whenever I am part of a moms group/club there is some sort of eliteism among the moms. Those moms with little girls are at the top of the pack and they do not...

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