Are We There Yet? (November 2012)

How kids - and parents - make choices in the snack aisle

It was one of those “I knew that!” parenting moments.

I had hauled my 3-year-old in for a doctor’s visit that was likely to end with some needle unpleasantness, so I’d brought along lots of distractions in my diaper suitcase: books, sippy cup, toys, and what I considered healthy snacks.


Kids and cellphones - our brave new digital world

We started having The Conversation in third grade.

Not where babies come from.

Cellphones.

My son went on a field trip, and two of his friends brought cellphones along for the bus ride — which they used, amid much hysterical laughter, to leave unintelligible messages on our answering machine. Something about Frankenstein.


My (independent) future voters

Be still, my heart.

This morning, my 12-year-old son asked, with no prompting, if he could go vote with me today.


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