Parent Research 101: Cause and Effect

Parent Research 101: Cause and Effect

It's back-to-school season, which means we're all reading about how playground equipment might kill us, or why kids should never be allowed to go to school when sick, or why they should always attend school while sick, or why kindergarten is making them stupid. 

This is a great time to think about cause and effect. 

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How not to prepare your child for a new sibling

How not to prepare your child for a new sibling

There's a bowl at my place on the kitchen island. There's cereal in that bowl. That's my cereal in that bowl. That was the last of my cereal in that bowl? Where's my milk? 

My three-year old's list of reasons to move to Australia has been growing since Mother's Day, when my husband's teenage brother came to live with us for three months.

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Your attitude about spanking is tied to your religion

Your attitude about spanking is tied to your religion

The split between spanking detractors and spanking advocates is of biblical proportions. On the one side, there are pediatricians and child psychologists, who warn patients of the physical and mental health dangers for spanked children.On the other side, there are parents interpreting Proverbs literally and refusing to "spare the rod" else they "spoil the child."

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Be a Trusted Source, But Not the Only Source: What Parents Can Learn from the Controversy Over Teen Vogue's Recent Sex Advice

Be a Trusted Source, But Not the Only Source: What Parents Can Learn from the Controversy Over Teen Vogue's Recent Sex Advice

You find your kid has been watching Sesame Street and now knows how to count to 10. Or he read a cookbook and now understands how to make pesto. Are you enraged at The Count or Jamie Oliver for teaching your child these things? Are you angry you hadn't been able to teach your kid these things yourself? 

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Confused by the Latest Kid Health Issue? Start with the Storytellers

Confused by the Latest Kid Health Issue? Start with the Storytellers

In a recent piece for Parent.co, I looked at how the vaccine-autism debate is a product of bad research. The storyteller at the center of that debate, Andrew Wakefield, lost his medical license in 2010 after his paper linking vaccines and autism was found to be not just incorrect, but fraudulent. Given that he wasn't practicing medicine in 2010, where Wakefield then? Speaking to Somali immigrants in Minneapolis about the dangers of vaccination.

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How much should you spend on a teacher gift? $0.

How much should you spend on a teacher gift? $0.

Most teacher gift guides will help you decide how much to spend. This guide will encourage you to spend $0. 

That's not because I don't love teachers. I've spent the majority of my career teaching, and my colleagues are the most creative, thoughtful, innovative people I know. But they don't deserve the gifts you're giving them.

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