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Entries by Lisa Belkin from 01/2012

Giving In To A Child With Disabilities

Posted 01.04.2012 | Parents

Ellen Seidman's nine-year-old son Max likes to have things his way. He went through a Cars 2 phase, wherein he would watch that video -- never the ori...

What Would You Name HuffPost's Parenting Blog?

| Posted 01.05.2012 | Parents

A look at some of the hundreds of suggestions readers have sent for a new parenting blog name.

Calling The Cops On Your Child

| Posted 01.05.2012 | Parents

Have you ever been tempted to call the cops on your own child? Would you ever actually DO it?

The Internet Rescues A Family

| Posted 01.06.2012 | Parents

If you've been tempted to dismiss the internet as superficial and soulless, and online relationships as a poor imitation of real ones, you might want to talk to Serge and Monica Bielanko today.

Parenting Book Club Book: Dr. Spock, For A New Generation

| Posted 01.09.2012 | Parents

Trust Yourself. You know more than you think you do. Do those classic words of parenting advice resonate today?

Daughter Of The Bride

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Weddings

There is a certain look people get when you tell them you are going to your mother's wedding: a smile of surprise, mixed with an implied fist bump of "you go girl", mixed with just a touch of eyebrow raised confusion. At their age? Why?

Girl Scout Video: What Were Her Parents Thinking?

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Parents

I would bet the annual Thin Mint profits on the fact that this sanctimonious Girl Scout did not make her video calling for a boycott without her parents' encouragement. Which means they thought it was wise to allow her to make herself a target for all the predictable backlash.

The Obamas As Parents

| Posted 01.14.2012 | Parents

The story of the Obamas learning to be politicians is also the story of them learning to be parents. So, how are they doing?

Denying A Transplant To A 'Retarded' Child?

| Posted 01.16.2012 | Parents

Amelia Rivera is 3 years old. Born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, doctors have told her parents that she will die in 6 months to a year without a kidney transplant. They also said that they would not perform that transplant.

Jay-Z Says He Won't Call Us Bitches Anymore

| Posted 01.17.2012 | Parents

Jay-Z is not the first man to realize he has been a misogynistic jerk only after he has a daughter. Scientists have found examples of others.

Jay-Z Says He Might Still Call Women Bitches

| Posted 01.18.2012 | Parents

I hope you understand that while the words attributed to you may have been fake, the response of countless fans to what they thought was your announcement was very, very real.

Dr. Spock Changes His Mind

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Parents

Changes in one book tell us a lot about the changing views of parents over the years.

Announcing Your Divorce Online

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Parents

Over the past few weeks a number of well-followed bloggers have used those blogs to announce trouble in their marriages. Is the blogosphere at its best when it serves as a group therapy session? Or at its worst?

Why Should I Care About The Gingrich Marriage?

| Posted 01.20.2012 | Parents

How much should I care about the candidates' families: that Track and Beau saw action in Iraq? That together the Republicans can more than field a baseball team?  Or who Karen Santorum was dating before Rick?

Teacher's Words That Changed My Life

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Parents

Who are the Mrs. Gradys, and Mrs. Pinters and Mrs. Hillkers and Mrs. Dilleys in your life? In your child's? Has our educational system gotten so "teach to the test" oriented that there is no space for a life-changing teacher today?

Hulking Football Player, Call Your Mother!

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Parents

Before every game, hulking football defensive end Dave Tollefson calls his mother. Then she curses at him for awhile before he heads off to the field.

Mini-Milestones Of Childhood

| Posted 01.24.2012 | Parents

I remember the first time I left the house without a diaper bag; just me, a child, and a destination. But what I don't remember was the last time I did bring those things along. If I had realized it would never happen again, would I have savored or celebrated?

Dorm On Fire? Who You Shouldn't Call First

| Posted 01.24.2012 | Parents

Have we spent so much energy protecting our children from the world that they are unprepared to live in it?

Welcome To The Club: Lessons From One Mom To Another

| Posted 01.25.2012 | Parents

Everything about your own children is different -- deeper, fiercer. This is something you can not possibly understand until you join the club yourself. Here are just a few of the realizations of membership.

Arresting Parents When Kids Are Late For School?

| Posted 01.25.2012 | Parents

At least one police officer in Loudoun, VA thinks that one mother of three little girls should be punished for "contributing to the delinquency of her minor children." The specifics of her crime? Getting her children to elementary school late.

Update On New Name For Parents Blog

| Posted 01.26.2012 | Parents

Naming a blog turns out to be like naming a child. You spend a lot of time speaking your choices out loud, seeing how they "feel." You worry about the impression they make and the messages they send.

Moments Your Children Will Never Remember

| Posted 01.27.2012 | Parents

It's the things you do for them that they will never remember, and therefore can not ever thank you for, that are some of the richest moments of parenting. Some of the messiest, too.

Spare The Rod, Cause The Kids To Riot

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents

Rather than find a way to lift a family out of poverty, or improve discipline and order in the schools, or provide activities and hobbies to poor children the job of the government is to make it easier for parents to hit their kids?

Forbidding Your Daughter To Visit A Friend When Only The Dad Is Home

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents

You've accepted a sleepover invite for your daughter, not realizing that only her pal's divorced dad will be home. What to do? 

Santorum And The Politics Of Parenting

| Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents

Never has a presidential candidate lived so searing a parenting tale while he campaigns. In that way, the former Pennsylvania Senator's life is both a very singular and personal story, and also a very public window into the kinds of private choices families find themselves making across the country every day.