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Putting a mirror up to a baby’s breath is one way to ensure your doing it right. But common sense planning and subverting the inner alarmists is a good habit.

My baby is called a girl

When people think my baby is a girl

The first time someone thought my baby boy was a girl I took offense. Clearly he’s a boy, I remember thinking. How else do you explain his masculine crawl? Later I would encounter a similar situation, only this time I was in the opposite position, meeting an old friend on a sidewalk outside Union Market …

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When a child contest becomes abuse

There’s nothing wrong with showing off a child’s beauty, but a child contest becomes abuse when parents live vicariously and sacrifice character and fun. Child beauty pageants aren’t the only times a child contest becomes abuse, but that’s usually the first thing people think about. Any hobby contests, intellectual competitions, sporting events, or school fairs …

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Battling the Sanctimommy Manifesto and the Festival of Stupid

The suggestion that sleep training will lead to a Prozac dependency later in life is as valid as suggesting that vaccinations lead to autism – dangerous, science-less hogwash. Dr. Darcia Narvaez (aka Doctor Nirvana) purveys the Dangers of Crying It Out in academic settings throughout the United States; she has proven to be a silver-spoon-in-mouth …

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Toys that cause Attention Deficit Disorder

Peter, Paul and Mary sang a song called The Marvelous Toy about toys that do something or another, but who’s primary purpose is to distract and entertain. Will they lead to attention deficit disorder (ADD) and require endless hours of therapy for kids raised on arbitrary distraction? Probably not. What it will do is allow …

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