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Diane Russell

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The Virtual Big Brother

Diane Russell | July 22, 2012 | Politics
Thanks to a dramatic shift in technological innovation, the government can easily track, monitor and surveil its citizens. Who knew that Big Brother would show up as a "friend" you "liked?"
Andrew Losowsky

Should YA Books Be Given Ratings?

Andrew Losowsky | July 22, 2012 | Books
Should Young Adult books be given movie-style ratings? Yes, according to an academic study. The history of ratings in other media suggests otherwise
Michael Zacka

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The One Thing Politicians Can Agree on

Michael Zacka | July 22, 2012 | Politics
The magic that happens over shared meals can help preserve the American family, strengthen all of its members and enrich their lives. I'm sure America's Republicans and Democrats both agree that more families should be sitting together at dinner.
Dr. Logan Levkoff

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Breasts, Bras and a RHONJ Parenting Fail

Dr. Logan Levkoff | July 22, 2012 | Parents
Teresa made fun of her daughter's body. She turned an intimate event into a public one, bringing an entire television audience's attention to her daughter's breasts and burgeoning sexuality.
J. Ronald Lally

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Paid Parental Leave: It's About Time

J. Ronald Lally | July 22, 2012 | Parents
It's time for the U.S. to catch up with the rest of the industrialized world and stand up for the rights of women and babies.
Laura Rossi Totten

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Moms' Club: The New Happy Hour?

Laura Rossi Totten | July 22, 2012 | Parents
Why is it that as soon as we become mothers, we are expected to leave our cosmos at the bar and settle for reruns of Sex and the City?
Chandra Hoffman

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It's TIME to Talk About Breasts (and Attachment Parenting)

Chandra Hoffman | July 22, 2012 | Parents
This is the story of my breasts, and how they fed my children in a wide variety of ways and for different lenghths of time through their early years.
Tom W. Watson

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Rite of Passage

Tom W. Watson | July 22, 2012 | Parents
The spring of my son's high school graduation became a "rite of passage" ceremony for him. No, we didn't have him sleep outside in the wild and drink milk laced with blood. But we did make a concerted effort to transition him from a boy living at home to a young man in the world.
Zvezdana Rashkovich

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Raising a Hijab-Wearing Daughter in a World that Doesn't Understand

Zvezdana Rashkovich | July 22, 2012 | Parents
Who was this girl? I would ask myself repeatedly. And what had she done with my daughter? Her joyful certainty has me humbled. I'm in awe of her tranquil composure, her highly held head on which a delicately swirling, tenderly wound hijab rests like a crown. She carries it proudly, unflinchingly, unapologetically.
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

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More Kids at Risk for Lead Poisoning

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | July 22, 2012 | Parents
After the CDC lowered the threshold at which a child is at risk for lead poisoning by half last week, the number of children under 6 who are now considered at risk jumped from 77,000 to 442,000.
Erika Christakis

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Who's the Pervert? Is Hitting a Child More Acceptable Than Holding Her?

Erika Christakis | July 22, 2012 | Culture
Single fathers -- gay fathers, no less -- seem to be under special scrutiny lest their loving attention veer into unsavory territory. Are we so uncomfortable with male nurturing that we assume something perverse about it?
Genevieve Piturro

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Remembering Bedtime

Genevieve Piturro | July 22, 2012 | Parents
Do you remember bedtime when you were a child? It was all about being right there with her in those moments. No worries, no concerns, no fears at all. It didn't seem like anything existed before or after that story time.
Laura Stepp

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No One Solution to Reducing Teen Pregnancy

Laura Stepp | July 22, 2012 | Impact
Reducing poverty and teen pregnancies are not mutually exclusive goals. We should be looking for more solutions that do both.
Jared Gardner

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Unmarry Me?

Jared Gardner | July 22, 2012 | New York
Getting married did not make our love stronger, nor did attesting it to some random judge and a ragtag assortment of family make it more meaningful. We knew we were exploiting the privileges of heterosexuality.
Babble.com

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How a Grieving Mom Accidentally Rediscovered 'Fun'

Babble.com | July 22, 2012 | Parents
There's a point to having fun, which is that it should be part of the human experience. A big part. I'd just completely lost touch with that.
Wayne Maines

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Age 5 Is Not too Early to Learn Your Child Might Be Transgender

Wayne Maines | July 22, 2012 | Parents
My 4-year-old son looked up at me and said, "Daddy I hate my boy parts. When do they go away?" The look in his eyes was one of sincere, innocent pain.
Michele Simon

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Guide to Fighting Fast Food in Your Own Backyard

Michele Simon | July 22, 2012 | Food
There has never been a better time to get active and take a stand against the infiltration of fast food in your neighborhood. We certainly cannot wait for policymakers in Washington to protect the people.
Chava Tombosky

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Taking Back Our Souls: A Reaction to Sexual Abuse

Chava Tombosky | July 22, 2012 | Religion
As G-d stands watching our reaction, we are forced to create an initiative that I dare say, can take on a new day if we are willing and open. As a first step in destroying the silence, I invite you all to belong to a new community and a new higher consciousness.
Janell Burley Hofmann

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My Son Takes a Punch, My Heart Takes a Beating and Everything I Learned in Between

Janell Burley Hofmann | July 22, 2012 | Parents
The humbling tumble from the world of boyhood to confused, chaotic adolescence is upon us. And I am sick over it.
Randy Turner

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Joplin Tornado Teaches True Meaning of School

Randy Turner | July 23, 2012 | Education
It was just a building that was destroyed, one that had packed many memories into its two years, but just a building. The circumstances that brought us together were horrific, but what a wonderful school year.
Women & Co

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This Year's Top 10 Summer Camp Must-Haves

Women & Co | July 22, 2012 | Parents
I reached out to my network of savvy mom friends for a mini focus group and curated this list of top 10 must-haves for camp this summer.
Maureen Anderson

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Speak Your Love

Maureen Anderson | July 22, 2012 | Parents
What could possibly be the harm in pulling someone aside and saying, "You know, this is really none of my business. But I think what you're doing is amazing"?
Signe Whitson

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45 Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids

Signe Whitson | July 22, 2012 | Parents
I refuse to let another "must," "ought" or "should" prevent me from savoring this brief window of opportunity that I have to enjoy time with my only-young-once daughters.
Penny Love

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The Muscles of Motherhood

Penny Love | July 22, 2012 | Fifty
In my head, I know that parenthood is just a scaffolding, a temporary support during our children's construction of the actual building of their adult lives. But inwardly, I am beginning the uneasy process of squaring my heart with their growing up and leaving.