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California Tells Texas Not to Mess with Textbooks

Textbook barbed wire

"Don't mess with Texas," the saying goes -- but California has a different message for the Lone Star State: "Don't mess with history!"


I'm Declaring This Summer TV-Free

Forget "Turn Off the TV Week": This summer, we're going completely (well, almost) TV-free.


10 Things Never to Say to a Woman Trying to Conceive

woman holding pregnancy test

There are the "Fertile Myrtles" (women who get pregnant with ease). And then there are the rest of us. Here's my top 10 list of things you should never, ever say to a woman trying to get pregnant.


Sh*t! My Kids Ruined ...

Guilty looking boy

This is "the strongest visual birth control on the market today," jokes the tag line for the newest Internet sensation, "Sh*t My Kids Ruined." The site is striking a chord with parents who've watched some of their most prized possessions go the way of the garbage can after sticky little fingers found them ... and then ruined them.


Stop Giving My Kids Suckers!

kid with sucker mother disapproving

This is an open request to all bank tellers, veterinarians, office managers, store cashiers and especially doctors (who should know better): Stop giving my kids treats -- because they've had too much already!


May 22: 'Leave Your Kids at the Park Day'?!

kids at park

Spring is finally here, and one of our favorite after-school activities is heading to the park. Famous free-range parent Lenore Skenazy would approve -- but only if I leave them there to play on their own.


'I Quit!': What to Do When Your Sports Star Stops Mid-Season

girl playing soccer

My girls are gung-ho about their future as soccer stars. It's early in the season, though, and I know that in about four more weeks, there's going to be some complaining. How do you cope when your sports-loving kid falls out of love with their favorite thing in the world?


Why I've Already Started Teaching My Kids About Sex

woman talking to son

"Mama, how do babies get in a mommy's belly?" I swear to you, my husband is never around for these questions. He's either conveniently at work, or his inner Spidey sense (which tells him an uncomfortable conversation is imminent) sets off its alarm just in time, so that he's out raking the lawn or at the store picking up milk when these questions come up. Well, I can forget about using the ol' "stork" explanation: My kids want real answers.