Toy Rentals—Are They Worth It?

You know about renting films, cars, even handbags or bridesmaids dresses. But how about renting toys for your kids? Is this a good idea? Certainly several sites and some news outlets have been buzzing about this as a new...

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Giving and Receiving on Christmas

With Christmas less than a week away, many of us are very concerned about giving as we race around to try to finish our shopping for everyone on our lists. (I know I'm nowhere near finished, and this may...

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Storytime: Navigating the (Apparent) Minefield

Sometimes you just have to laugh. I wonder if there isn't anything in the media or entertainment world these days that can't provoke adult outrage from someone seeking—and too often getting—publicity.  And it all usually comes from one very...

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Holiday Shopping 2011: The Main Event Isn’t Always Buying

Were you one of the 212 million shoppers that the National Retail Federation said hit the stores over the Black Friday weekend? Or have you waited for this week to get the Cyber Week deals that are being promised?...

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Recalling What Thanksgiving is About

A mom I know and respect recently talked with me about conversations in her 7-year-old daughter's class among the kids about how rich their families were. Now before you roll your eyes, understand that this is an age when...

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It does NOTHING? Ha! That’s what you think!

One of my favorite things to do at this time of year when toys are top of mind for nearly everyone, is to explain to baffled adults-admittedly most of whom don't have young kids-the wonder of a toy that...

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Dreams Coming True

From a Line Around the Block to the Broadway Stage About this time last year, I had the inspiring and heartwarming opportunity to attend the open auditions for Ballet Girls in "Billy Elliot." It happened again this year, with nearly...

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Year-Round Learning…And Play

I've read a lot this summer about the so-called "brain drain" that happens when kids aren't engaged in learning, and I've talked to parents who believe it's occurring with their kids. Personally, I never experienced it because both my...

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Summer Civics Lesson

School's out, but there are always opportunities for learning. This summer, the tragic case of the murder of Caylee Anthony gives us a chance to talk with kids about our court system and how it works, reality—and the media. If...

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Free Speech and Common Sense—What The Video Game Ruling Means

The Supreme Court has ruled that barring the sale of violent video games to minors violates the First Amendment. This ruling should be applauded, and I agree with the Court that the nature of content does not override the...

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