10 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About the Election
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To raise a global, well-informed citizen, try these ideas to engage children big and small in the United States' biggest poli…

  • 'Stranger Danger'

    The American economy could take some lessons from the country of Germany. They have solid bands and their people work for a living.
    America has become poor in a few short years. Look at some facts. We are based on a buy this economy and only export a small amount. We have a goods and services economy, People cannot live on minimum wage. People here illegally and some citizens throw trash all along the highways because they could care less. This causes the land to be dangerous for humans and wild life.

    If you live on land near many trees and dry ground, just tossing out a cigarette and injure or cause many deaths. Fires are fueled by Oxygen in the air we breath, or by fuel such as wood from trees.

    If a fireman or woman is out fighting another fire, guess what? They probably cannot stop your home from burning up with all your stuff you collected over many years. Hope you have home insurance, but lives cannot be replaced.

    The German people make the best cars and goods. I speak from

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  • The First Lady in J. Mendel

    The First Lady in J. Mendel

    First lady Michelle Obama looked fit for a queen when she attended an Olympics reception at Buckingham Palace on July 27, and some critics are complaining that her silver embroidered jacket cost a king's ransom. Although not yet in stores, the white, capped sleeved number by J. Mendel lists for $6,800.

    "The jacket cost more than the average American family makes in a month ($4,284)," kvetched the conservative blog thegatewaypundit.com. "And, she does this as Americans continue to suffer through a deep recession and record unemployment." A commenter called Granny points out, "I had better not EVER hear another word about a mere $900 blouse on Mrs. Romney's back or Sarah Palin's $300 shoes. EVER."

    Sports: First Lady Michelle Obama Hugs Entire Basketball Team after Olypic Win

    Since she first hit the campaign trail with her husband, Obama has been an international style icon and has appeared on numerous "best dressed lists." Defender Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist, shot back

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  • Parents.com Election Bloggers
    By Sharon Lerner

    Let's call today family day, since all families should be rejoicing about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obama's health care law. I know I am. The law increases coverage for more than 30 million uninsured Americans, including children who were legally denied because they had preexisting conditions. It provides billions of dollars of prescription drug benefits for seniors. It ends lifetime limits on coverage. And it lets us keep our adult kids on our insurance plans til they're 26.

    The only hitch seems to be that the court gave states some wiggle room to not expand their Medicaid programs, which the law had said should include people with incomes up to 133 percent of the poverty level. We'll undoubtedly soon see what that will mean for low-income families.

    Still, to every American who has, is, or was a child: congratulations!

    But as we're breathing a collective sigh of relief (and Republicans are vowing to repeal), we also need to be thinking about why t

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  • Forget about health care mandates, helping military families, and fighting childhood obesity. It's time to focus on something we can really relate to right now: Baking.

    Every year since 1992, "Family Circle" has asked the wives of presidential candidates to submit their favorite cookie recipe for the magazine's Presidential Cookie Bake-Off. This year, first lady Michelle Obama pits Mama Kaye's White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie against Ann Romney's M&M's Cookies. Readers test out the treats and vote (via Facebook) on the winner.

    "Every evening, Barack, the girls and I sit down for a family dinner with good conversation and healthy food," Mrs. Obama writes in the introduction for her recipe. "If we want to splurge, these White and Dark Chocolate Chip cookies, created by the girls' godmother, are the perfect special treat."

    "Mitt and I love spending time with our children and grandchildren," counters Mrs. Romney in hers. "Whenever we get together you can be sure that we'll mix up a

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  • When it comes to juggling career and family, is it feminism's fault that women can't have it all?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter's article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," struck a chord among men and women struggling to juggle their careers and their families. In it, she seems to say that feminism has pulled a fast one on us, encouraging her -- and millions of other working moms -- to believe that they could hold down high-powered jobs and still successfully raise well-adjusted kids when, realistically, having it all is next to impossible.

    "I was increasingly aware that the feminist beliefs on which I had built my entire career were shifting under my feet," Slaughter wrote. "I had always assumed that if I could get a foreign-policy job in the State Department or the White House while my party was in power, I would stay the course as long as I had the opportunity to do work I loved. But in January 2011, when my two-year public-service leave from Princeton University was up, I hurried home as fast as I could."

    It's a rude awakening. But why blame feminism for it?

    "Let's start by recog

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