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  • What Dads Need to Tell Their Daughters

    As young girls grow older and enter adolescence, fathers often begin to feel a little left out. Suddenly, daddy's little girl isn't so little anymore. She's likely to be less interested in toys and games and more interested in bodies, boys and other big girl stuff.

    But while many dads are happy to step aside and let mom take over during this important stage of a young girl's life, a recent study from New York University suggests that it might be better if they didn't.

    More on Babble: Do Disney Princesses Hurt Our Daughters?

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  • No Costume, No Candy?

    Young kids don't always enjoy Halloween the way we think they should. Some get frightened by the scary costumes while others are uncomfortable approaching the front door of an unfamiliar house. Still others, like Redbook editor Ellen Seidman's 7-year-old son, Max, find the loud noises and big crowds associated with the holiday to be just too much.

    Max, who suffered a brain-damaging stroke at birth, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of four. Up until that time, his mother had tried in vain to help her son enjoy what for many kids is the happiest night of the year. But after several tear-filled Halloweens, she gave up. Max wasn't enjoying it and she saw no reason to continue trying to make it happen. She and Max started a new tradition, spending a quiet evening at home while dad and sister went trick or treating.

    But last year was different. Max decided he did want to go out and join in the festivities but he didn't want to wear a costume while he did it. In a show of solidarity, his sister also opted to trick or treat sans costume. By Weidman's account, the night was a success. In t-shirts and sweatpants, they had a wonderful family Halloween experience.

    That should be the happy ending to the story, but it isn't. Because apparently, costumes are not optional on Halloween.

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  • Most 2-Year-Olds Already Have a Digital Footprint

    A new survey finds that while many of us claim to be concerned about our privacy online, we clearly aren't that concerned about the privacy of our little children.

    Before they are even born, more than one third of children in the U.S. have an online presence. And by the time they are two-years-old, nearly all of them will have left their digital footprints on the Internet.

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  • Why Olde Salty's "No Screaming Children" Policy is a Total Joke

    Olde Salty'sOlde Salty'sIn case you haven't heard, a little restaurant on the Carolina shore is making waves in parenting circles all across the country. The Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach, NC put a sign in its window (pictured) that reads, "Screaming Children Will NOT Be Tolerated." However, given the sea-faring name of the establishment, I can only assume crusty old one-legged pirates and weary, stinky fisherman are more than welcome. Last night on AC360, Anderson Cooper joked, "I'm wary of any restaurant named old-y," but many families are taking this whole thing quite seriously. Our friend KJ Dell'Antonia at Double X says the sign: ...creates an immediate atmosphere of hostility towards families, and it is, in itself, rude. No one minds a reminder with a little humor: Screaming children will be placated with a cup of coffee and a free puppy. But an angry directive demanding your courtesy reflects an aggression that goes far beyond what's warranted. This is a sign that comes out swinging before

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  • Worst Idea Ever: "Pavement Patty" Driver Safety FAIL

    Imagine driving through the parking garage of your child's school. (Honestly, I should probably just stop there, because I've never in my life seen an elementary school with a parking garage, so even that's hard for me to imagine.) You're cruising around slowly, looking for a space so you can go in and pick up your kid and then - WHAM! - you've run over a 2nd grader. Or what appears to be a 2nd grader, but is really an optical illusion put in place to "bring attention to driver-caused pedestrian injuries," or kill the driver courtesy of a heart attack, whichever happens first.

    "Pavement Patty," the 2-dimensional painting whose "elongated form appears to rise from the ground as cars approach, reaching 3D realism at around 100 feet," supposedly comes to life slowly enough that if drivers are following the speed limit, they should be able to stop in time to avoid hitting her. Then they'll casually realize she's just a trompe-l'oeil and drive off having a nice laugh, I guess? Or drive off

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  • Why Are Couples with Daughters More Likely to Divorce?

    children of divorcesisters"Do Daughters Cause Divorce?" asks the headline of The New York Times latest Motherlode column. It's a provocative question and nobody seems to agree on the answer.

    Just because parents of girls are 5 percent more likely to divorce than parents of boys doesn't necessarily mean that girls cause divorce, does it? Depends on whom you ask.More...

    "All over the world, boys hold marriages together , and girls break them up," wrote Steven E. Landsburg in Slate in 2003. Landsburg concluded that "parents prefer boys-by enough that boys hold a lot of shaky marriages together."

    It's just one theory to explain the 2003 findings of the economists Gordon Dahl (at the University of Rochester) and Enrico Moretti (at UCLA), who also found that the more daughters a couple has, the greater the effect. For instance, the parents of three girls are close to 10 percent more likely to divorce than the parents of three boys.

    But at Psychology Today, Anita E. Kelly has a different hypothesis. She

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  • No More Lap Children on Airplanes?

    With all the added expenses babies bring, it's nice to know that you can fly them across the country to see grandma and grandpa without having to pay $350 for them to have their own seat. If they were to have their own seat, you'd have to travel with the car seat, which is another thing to carry and means you might have to pay to check in an extra bag that you can no longer fit on board. It sounds complicated, right? But the National Transportation Safety Board argues it's much safer. They've recommended to the Federal Aviation Administration yet again that every passenger - even babies - must have their own seat on an airplane. This time, they're referencing a specific crash to prove their point.

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  • Babies are Made of Sugar, Spice, Ice Cream and Soda

    Whether you breast or formula feed your baby, at some point you are going to have to introduce solid foods. There is no magic age at which this should happen, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting at least until your baby can sit independently and grab for things to put in her mouth. This usually occurs between the ages of four and seven months.

    In addition, the AAP suggests starting baby off with simple and healthy foods like rice cereal and oatmeal. Once that has been established, it is recommended that you add vegetables and then fruits to the menu.

    Of course, we all do things a little bit differently and there's no reason to judge a parent who introduces solids at a slightly earlier or later age or serves fruits before vegetables.

    But what about parents who skip the healthy stuff altogether and start their infants off on cookies, juice and chips? According to recent Australian research, many parents are doing just that.

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  • Back to School: Mistakes Were Made

    photo-5photo-5But minor ones...

    Let me first say, as an aside, that Blueberry Shrub, a drink I made after reading a wildly enthusiastic description of it in the NYT magazine, tastes very much like something you would make Easter Eggs in. I don't know why I'm surprised...I think I will try using it in salad dressing. That said, I am sitting here drinking it and having Paz flashbacks.

    Mistakes: first of all, we allowed I sufficient prep time last night between dinner and bedtime. This may be because Rory and Wyatt were inspired to make lunches too, despite not needing them, and Lily chose to create four individual small sandwich quarters, each separately. Which took time. We then discovered that Sam had not filled out his form for his three favorite books read this summer (which Lily filled out in June). His choices: the assigned book, The Guiness Book of World Records and The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes, are at least revealing of his character...

    Also, Lily received a whole new school kit, if

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  • Girls Are Smarter Than Boys

    Or at least they think they are. New research suggests that from the age of four, girls believe they are smarter, better behaved, and more hard- working than boys, according to BBC News.More...

    By the time boys reached the age of eight, they agreed with the girls' perceptions that they were better at all these things, according to the study from the University of Kent.

    To conduct the study, researchers questioned 238 children from the age of 4-10. Presented with a series of statements such as "this child is really clever" and "this child always finishes their work," the children in the study were then asked to point to a picture of a boy or a girl to indicate who they thought the statement was referring.

    Both boys and girls said that they though that grown-ups believed that girls did better than boys at school. I wonder if most adults do, in fact, hold that belief.

    Even those of us who are acutely conscious of gendered language occasionally fall into assumptions and

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