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Teresa M. Pelham

Teresa M. Pelham

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Lawn Darts? What Could Go Wrong?

March 23, 2015

Despite no longer being an actual kid in the 1990s, I somehow managed to have played with seven of these of these 11 Stupidly Dangerous ‘90s Toys You Probably Owned.

  • Scared Parents in a Safe World

    March 14, 2015

    Every time I say that the reason we think it's not safe to let the kids play outside unsupervised is the 24-hour news cycle, nobody ever really goes along with me. Nobody wants to let their kids walk places without a parent, or let them go to the mall without hovering around each corner. We're not letting our kids learn how to handle things on their own because we're too scared of The Bad Guy.

  • Kids and The Interwebs

    February 23, 2015

    We're now starting to look at not only what effect the Internet has on young children, but also what they think about the World Wide Web. This New York Times piece includes kids who have some pretty interesting ideas of what the Internet is and how it works.

  • Snowy Valentine's Day Muffins

    February 14, 2015

    I wanted to bake something sweet for my kiddoes today, but I know that I usually end up eating more cookies or whatever than they do, despite their ridiculously speedy metabolisms. (I'm currently using an almost-public shaming method of losing 5 lbs. along with my friend, Allison. We regularly text each other our weight, which we'll continue to do until we reach the desired number. It helps that we weigh exactly the same and that we're only trying to get back to where we were before Thanksgiving.) 

  • Totally Cool Live Owl Cam

    February 10, 2015

    Don't tell my boss, but I have been recently become riveted by this awesome Owl Cam

  • Honoring a True Motivator

    February 8, 2015

    Here is a lovely tribute to a teacher/coach/motivator who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people throughout his 40-year career. 

  • What's Causing Early Puberty?

    February 5, 2015

    We're not quite sure what's causing girls to enter puberty earlier they used to, but this doctor seems to have some good ideas. No matter what the cause, reducing the number of sugary drinks our kids consume is a good start.

  • Dr. Christie Will Now See You

    February 2, 2015

    In case you haven't noticed, there's a measles outbreak in the U.S. It's kind of a big deal. So, Chris Christie has weighed in on this, and he's declared that we parents should be able to decide this stuff on our own. Cool, except why does he have to bring up the autism connection? Just to freak people out? 

  • Cutting the Cord

    January 28, 2015

    When the school nurse called home to say that you had puked all over the classroom floor, she might not have reached your mom on the first try. You might have had to actually wait a few hours until someone was reached, likely without the aid of voicemail, depending on your age.

  • Tinky-Winky: Where is he now?

    January 16, 2015

    My oldest dude was an impressionable baby when those crazy Teletubbies first appeared on our TV screens in the late 1990s. Mother and son were equally mesmerized. We watched it every day. (These were the olden days, when we had no On Demand or DVR, and actually didn't even have a DVD player, so we watched according to the TV schedule.)

  • Cassandra's Choice

    January 4, 2015

    What's missing from this story -- about a 17-year-old girl's fight to opt out of chemotherapy -- is what her prognosis would be if she does the treatment. Knowing that information would shape the way I think about this.

  • School Lunch Better Than Brown Bag Lunch?

    December 28, 2014

    I didn't want to agree with this story about cafeteria lunches being better for our kids than brown bag lunches, but I kind of have no choice.

  • Comfort and Maybe Even Joy

    December 26, 2014

    My column appears in print today, which means I'm receiving lots of really nice emails from readers. I'm humbled by the thought that many readers feel they know me after reading about my life as a mom over the years. Wishing you comfort and joy as we wrap up 2014.

  • Financial Aid for Dummies

    November 14, 2014

    There's no reason that figuring out your family's college financial aid situation should be so complicated. But it is. We're approaching that stage, as my high school senior hits "send" this weekend and applies early decision to his top choice school. Fingers crossed.

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