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Parenting Then and Now

Feb 2, 2018

Raising kids in a rapidly changing world has always been a challenge, but perhaps not as much as it is today. At least that's what comedian Charlie Demers is finding as he navigates fatherhood with his four-year-old daughter.

One-half Anglophone, one-half Francophone with a Chinese-Canadian wife and a daughter who is...

Jan 19, 2018

Ever wonder how Barbie came to be?

She was the brainchild of an enterprising American mom who, in the late '50's, visited Germany and fell in love with a doll that was modeled after a real-life adult. Unlike the standard children's dolls that were sold in 1950's America, "Bild Lilli" looked like a woman in every...

Jan 8, 2018

PTAN Home Economics and Shop Classes

Whatever happened to Home Economics and Shop classes?

Once upon a time, they were the norm, not the exception, and kids came away from school knowing how to cook, sew, build and repair. Not so much these days, when it's easier to relegate chores to others, or to pay someone to make meals, clean and fix things around...

Jan 8, 2018

We're all just trying to get by, aren't we? Most of us - whether we're parents of younger kids, older kids, or observers of kids in general, would agree that trying to keep it together while raising a family is a tough gig.

Why, then, are parents increasingly told that they must follow what appear to be arbitrary and...

Nov 30, 2017

She was crowned the unwanted title of "World's Worst Mom" when she decided to let her nine-year-old son ride the New York subway alone back in 2008. And while Lenore Skenazy was surprised by the reaction to what she felt was an important step towards independence for her son, she didn't let the backlash stop...