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Molly Baker

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Parenting Lessons from 'Phineas and Ferb'

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 4:04 PM

November. School is fully back in session, and routine has returned. There's homework, soccer games, hockey practice, piano scales, and that shoebox diorama on inventions.

Which explains why I hear so many people saying, "I miss summer." Or, "I'm ready for school to be out already." Or even, "I miss...

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The Bus: That Magic Buffer Between School and Home

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 5:22 PM

They say you can find anything on the internet. Well, do you know how difficult it is to find a photo of the back of a school bus to use for a blog post? There are hundreds of images of school buses from the front or the side, or the...

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Steve Jobs: Oh Captain (Of Industry) My Captain!

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 11:36 AM

While other girls taped up pictures of Duran Duran, Rob Lowe, Eddie Van Halen, and Matt Dillon, in my high school locker, I hung pictures of Steve Jobs. And my friends (yes, I had some, despite the previous sentence) let me. The fact that I also hung pictures of Wayne...

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All Hail National Babysitter's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 3:24 PM

Obviously last Sunday was Mothers' Day. Or, as a friend of mine calls it, Mother-In-Law Day. Certainly, you'd think that as a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a mother to three children, and a bona-fide blah-ger I'd have lots to say on the subject. Let's just call it a Sunday and move...

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Play Ball! The Magic of Little League

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 12:29 PM

For anyone who's spent more than 60 seconds with me and knows the logistical paralysis I can suffer at the hands of youth sports, this will surprise you.

I love Little League. The season's opening games happened in our town this month, and I couldn't be happier. Mind you, I...

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What's The Right Age To Take A Child's Cell Phone Away?

(44) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 2:46 PM

I realize for many, the question is usually, "What is the right age to give your child a cell phone?"

Well, in my house, that question had been easy. With the confidence of an all-knowing parent who'd never had a preteen much less a teen, I adamantly stated my case...

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Might a Parent Need the Security Blanket as Much as the Child?

(5) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 3:21 PM

It was spring vacation and it happened. One of every mothers worst travel nightmares. No, there was no lurker in the airport bathroom and we survived a week of skiing with all of our bones intact. Even all of our bags and skis made it home.

But we are short...

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If A Reunion Is Supposed To Be A Celebration, Why Does It Feel Like A Minefield?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 6:16 PM

The email chain started a few months ago. So many friends from my college circle lived in or around New York City that it seemed a good idea to plan a dinner. You know, get the band back together. Nothing formal. No need to wait for the university to plan...

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13 Going On, Well, 14: A Snapshot of the American Teenager

(10) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 8:00 AM

Just last week I took my firstborn to the pediatrician for his first appointment as an official teenager. What better opportunity to make a study of the species and prepare myself for the years to come?

The American teenager officially came into existence in the 1940s. Obviously, kids have matured...

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Playgroup With Sylvia Plath: Because Every Night, Something Has To Go In The Oven

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 2:35 PM

When you start writing a blog about thoughtful parenting and decide to call it "Playgroup With Sylvia Plath" you've got some explaining to do. Indeed, aligning yourself with a woman who committed suicide by putting her head in her own oven while her children napped in the next room is...

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