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Dear Annie: Boys Age 7 Are Old Enough to Use the Men’s Room

  Yes, yes, we must support our fellow parents as they grope — sorry, bad word choice! — their way through this whole child-rearing thing. I don’t recommend scolding them in public. But when a pop culture advice dispenser actually recommends worst-first thinking (dream up the worst-case scenario FIRST, no matter how unlikely, and proceed […]

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Did Freud (or His Mis-intepreters) Create a Nation of Over-worried Parents?

This is an article about an article about a book. The book is “Freudian Fraud: The Malignant Effect of Freud’s Theory on American Thought and Culture,” by the psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, published in 1992. The article, “Child-Proofing the World” is by Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason, whose interview with Peter Gray went up on this site […]

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How to Escape a Zip-Tie, A “Must See” for All Kids???

Here’s another viral video people are sharing — a short and actually kind of impressive lesson by a girl showing how to escape from a zip tie, “In case you ever get kidnapped.” Except…kids don’t need to KNOW how to escape from a zip tie. They are not going to be zip tied. Making them think […]

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“How to Use Mouthwash While Pregnant” — Real Article

Wondering just how OCD our culture can get when it comes to child safety? In a recent post by a woman worried sick about everything she ate, drank and did while pregnant, she mentioned an article that actually explained “How to Use Mouthwash While Pregnant.” It tells pregnant women to stop using any mouthwash with alcohol […]

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Brand New Fear! “Bounce Houses Too Hot” Says Study

. What happens when polio and smallpox aren’t taking their toll anymore? Well you just have to look a little harder to find an unspeakable menace stalking our kids. As so, reports this article from Science Daily: Heat safety issues in bounce houses can put children in danger, according to a new University of Georgia […]

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