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How Young Is Too Young to Babysit?

(9) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 7:00 AM

This may be an age-old question. Before technology brought us websites and online mommy message boards with babysitter listings, our own Baby Boomer parents hired the neighbor's son or daughter as the Saturday night sitter. Perhaps hiring the teenager with braces and pimples was always a leap of faith. But...

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How Long Can Your Family Survive Unemployment?

(33) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Recently the job hunters of the world breathed a sigh of relief: On July 22, 2010, President Obama signed a bill restoring unemployment benefits to over 2.5 million Americans who have been jobless for more than 26 weeks, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

The national...

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The Value of Teaching Kids About Poverty

(8) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 2:45 PM

One of my colleagues at, Mike Nagel, just returned from an earthquake relief trip to Port-au-Prince. Mike spent a week working in an impoverished tent community called Ktadb, giving away supplies our team helped collect (tarps, school supplies and light construction materials), helping with food...

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Do Moms Really Want Part-Time Jobs?

(6) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 2:03 PM

Working moms want to work ... don't they?

That's a question being asked more and more now that women have become a bigger part of the workforce than ever before. We're at the point now where women make up nearly half the workforce and are breadwinners...

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Summer Child Care Equals Work Interruption?

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:16 PM

In most towns around the country, school's out in five weeks or less. Have you figured out your child care arrangement for the summer yet? (No pressure!)

Last year, we ran an informal survey of parents on We found that one-third of them spent 20 or more...

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Parenting Advice: Screen Time, Our Kids and Child Care

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 9:19 AM

I saw a super-cute YouTube video last week. In it, a two-year-old girl plays with an iPad for the first time. It's incredible to see how quickly she picks up on how to use the device. Within seconds, she's finger-swiping to different screens, pulling up apps, spelling words...

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Work-Life Balance: Help Is on the Way

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 12:46 PM

"By a show of hands, how many of you would accept a job with no benefits? With no vacation time? With no pay?"

Last month, Audra Rodriguez--a working mother of two young children and caregiver for her elderly mother--posed these questions to the audience at the inaugural Care...

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"It's Like Inviting Pedophiles Into Your Home"-- Internet Safety Alert For Parents

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 9:45 AM

I was in L.A. this week, visiting with a friend of mine. We were chatting away when, like it always happens when moms get together, our conversation turned toward what's new with our kids.

Kathleen Williams is a mom of two teenage girls. She told me that just the day...

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Better Grades In 2010 -- Making This Year An Academic Success For Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 10:54 AM

Now that the school year is well underway, our kids are back into their regular school routines. For parents, it's time for us to focus on how we can help our little guys do better in school. I've pulled together some new research on ways that might help your kids...

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Child Care: A Worker And A Mother

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 12:53 PM

Throughout most of my career, I've worked in environments with more men than women. This even started even back in business school. It's just part of the world I work in: startups and the venture capital space. According to the most recent data available (it's eight years old,...

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Pop Warner Football And Head Injuries

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 2:53 PM

Our son, Adam, just finished his second season of Pop Warner football. He's 10 years old and loves the game and playing with his team. Ron and I enjoy his involvement, too. We love cheering him on, and Ron, who is also the assistant coach for the team, gives him...

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Pet Abandonment Up, Adoption Down

(6) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 4:01 PM

The current recession has touched so many different parts of our lives over the past 18 months. We've measured unemployment, counted the dollars of multiple bailout packages, and watched the housing market fall. But one aspect that's been overlooked is how the recession has affected household pets.

Pets are being...

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Beyond The Minivan: Women And Care Arrangements

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 4:47 PM

It's called "The Juggle" for a reason. We're always checking to make sure our kids have the right form of care, get shuttled from one place to another on time, have help with homework, and stay on track with their education and development. Of course, this is all piled on...

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Michigan Versus Care Co-ops

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 4:33 PM

Lisa Snyder thought she was just doing a good deed. Every weekday morning since the start of the school year, Lisa has helped three nearby families by watching their children along with her own before the bus arrives to whisk the kids off to school.

According to this

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