Innocence Lost and Found

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The amazing staff at MomTrends, one of the hottest mommy blogs on the Internet, was disturbed by a story on the sexual practices of teenagers that went viral last week.  They sensed that the information the article presented might not be factual, and they asked me to look into it.  They were right.  MomTrends published my rebuttal […]

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When Bad Headlines Happen to Good Programs

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The headline of the press release from Glasgow announces, “Researchers call for withdrawal of investment in Triple P parenting programme.” For those of you who are unaware, Triple P is one of the most studied parenting programs in the history of parenting programs.  Hundreds of peer-reviewed evaluations of Triple P have been published. The overwhelming conclusion […]

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What Say You, Stepping Stone?

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Five minutes ago, I received a push poll from Stepping Stone about children’s media. I tried to explain that I know way too much about this issue to be unbiased in my responses, but the interviewer, working from computer assisted interview software, insisted that I continue. I was read three questions and asked for a […]

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Dealing with Back-To-School Anxiety

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This past Monday I was asked to be on Channel 12, Phoenix’s NBC affiliate, to discuss techniques for dealing with the back-to-school anxiety children and parents face. Lin Sue Cooney had great questions for me, so I thought I would share my prepared responses with you. As a parents, we want to help dispel our children’s fears.  What […]

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Protecting Kids from the Second Amendment

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In 2009, 7,391 children and youth were hospitalized for firearm-related injuries.  Death occurred in just over 6% of the cases.  This is from a new study released today by Pediatrics, the journal with which I continue to have a dysfunctional relationship.  For example, Pediatrics says that it is important that I know this number, but […]

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Homemade Blowguns vs. Amish Craftsmanship

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Yesterday, Pediatrics – once my cure for poorly-researched and overly-hyped stories about dangers facing kids, but increasingly my source of such material – published an article warning parents about children inhaling darts from homemade blowguns. According to the article, teens use the World Wide Web to learn how to make blowguns out of PVC pipe […]

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Challenging the Cinnamon Challenge

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In my book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids, I advocate for challenging assertions about our kids, especially when the assertions come from popular media and employ copious amounts of hyperbole. In an effort to practice what I preach, I was skeptical of the recent headlines in the The Atlantic and The New York […]

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Our Kids are Killing Us

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Of the 17 richest countries in the world, the U.S. has the shortest life expectancy, and it is getting worse.  This is according to a wonderful report that came out yesterday from the National Resource Council, called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Why this discrepancy compared to other rich countries?  It […]

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Majority Do or Does vs. Majority Do Not or Does Not?

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Yesterday Cecilia Kang reported in the Business section of The Washington Post that, “The majority of American teens own a smartphone.”  The statement raises two questions: Does “majority” take a singular or plural verb form? Is Cecilia correct? I have to admit that the first question perplexes me.  The my ears, “the majority of teens […]

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Raising Kids by the Numbers

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26.  22.  240. These three numbers trouble me.  No, not in a science fiction way.  I am not seeing these numbers everywhere I look.  I do not believe that they hold the secret to unraveling the mysteries of the Knights Templar, I do not believe that they explain why we are stranded on this island, […]

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