Technology opened doors for my daughter.
By Misty Karam
Our youngest daughter stands at the door, knocking loudly. She raises her eyebrows and points to her ear, letting us know that she hears the banging of tiny fist on wood. Her serious expression lets us know that something colossal is about to happen. "Ooopen!" she shouts, and her smile lights up the room. Clapping her little hands, she grins with excitement. At the age of two, Alia has said her first word: open. Just a year ago, this seemingly minor feat seemed unthinkable. Alia is profoundly deaf. When we first heard the news, my husband and I were overcome with intense grief, as though we had been told that our young daughter was dying. A constant litany of "nevers" began vibrating in our heads. She'll never... read more
Can You Be Friends With a Bad Mom?
Is it possible to stay friends with women when you canít stand how they raise their kids?
By Eliana Osborn
It started so perfectly: a new lady moved to town and sat next to me at church. Her baby was a... read more
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Steal This Child
Is the news media exploiting parentsí fear of child abduction?
By Prescott Carlson
You’ve heard the names. Samantha Runnion. Elizabeth Smart. Baby Jessica. Erica Pratt. Tamara Brooks. Jacqueline Marris. These are just some of the children reported missing in what the media has dubbed the “Summer of Abduction”. But is this moniker warranted? It depends on who you ask. Missing children statistics are as varied and confusing as the new tax code. Even President Bush, as he plans his White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children, will not have a clear grasp on what the numbers really are. Mark Klaas, on his website www.klaaskids.org, quotes figures indicating that missing persons reports are up 468%, declares that the current... read more
A Socially Irresponsible Stroll Through My Neighborhood
Sometimes convenience trumps political correctness.
By Robin Dutton-Cookston
By the time you finish reading this essay, you will think I am a depraved, cold-hearted, unfeeling... read more
A dad's version of a day out with toddler.
By Adam Kane
The two pound nappy was dripping with anticipation. I'd been left at home to mind my fourteen-month old son Ronan who was a real handful. My wife had to go and see a relative who lived four hours away. My mum and my mother-in-law were unavailable to monitor me, so this was going to be my acid test. Me and the kid. I was fine when I had the careful tutorials of the "Big Three", but this would either make me or break me. My wife Tania had left a note with all the instructions typed out, but it read like a disclaimer. The first thing I did was chuck out the note. I didn't need any high tech gadgets to get through this; all I needed was a bit of cunning and some bribes in case he got out of control. The first point of... read more
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The IP Bookshelf
The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-Boy
The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-BoyBy Ralph CosentinoViking Juvenille, $15.9932 pages, ISBN 0670059617 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It's tough to find books that kids and parents can have fun with together. Most children's books are (appropriately) geared totally toward the child, relegating the parent to the role of reader, while the few that actively engage parents as well as kids can be far beyond the age or interest level... read more
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