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Disney: Straight and Narrow?

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Disney's just now bringing out their first African-American princess, so far be it from me to dictate when they should introduce their first gay or lesbian princess.


Birthday Traditions Around the World

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It's hard to believe that my little boy will be a year old in August. As we set out to start planning his first birthday party, here's a look at how other parents, in different parts of the world, celebrate.


Top 5 Toys to Keep Kids Occupied

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When you eat out, do you spend the whole meal picking up the crayons that are rolling off the table? Here are five suggestions for fun toys to bring along on your next culinary adventure.


Happy Birthday Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt!

One of the most beautiful babies in the world (well, with some of the best bloodlines, anyway) turns 3 today!


American Girl Introduces First Jewish Doll

NY Times: When Abraham Foxman met Rebecca Rubin, he was impressed. "I'm surprised," said Mr. Foxman, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, as he gazed at Rebecca, a brown-haired doll who was sitting on his desk last week, her hazel eyes locked unwaveringly onto his. Ms. Rubin, all of 18 inches tall, is the newest historical character doll to be released by American Girl, the company in Middleton, Wis., whose products have a rabidly devoted following among the female 7- to 12-year-old set.


Everybody in the Pool!

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Bust out the bug spray and slather on the SPF: Memorial Day weekend is FINALLY upon us! And most likely, the impending summer heat will inspire us to seek out bodies of water to splash in. I consulted Lisa Cook, founder of L.A.-area swim school KidSwim, for tips on keeping your small swimmers safe.


Not MY Friend!

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Hear me now, people: you are not required to be friends with the parents of your child's peers. In fact, I believe it can be beneficial to forego connections to them and let your kids make friends ON THEIR OWN.


7 Kids Guaranteed to Become Trekkies

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Star Trek, the next generation? The odds are good.