kids

Raising Trouble: Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Three-year-old Jim leaned over and gave his four-year-old neighbor, Ivan, a big smooch on the lips. "Whoa, whoa, whoa!" yelled Jim's dad, making no effort to hide his distress. The kids didn't seem to notice Dad's outburst, but it's a message that children, especially boys, hear a lot: "Don't be... Read more »

B-Sides: Karen O Goes Wild

Artsy kids’ film Where the Wild Things Are is doing great at the box office, and the soundtrack, written by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O, is one of the best things about the movie (along with all those big hairy monsters with broken hearts)–and you can listen to the... Read more »

Help a Mother Out!

Mother's Day is this Sunday, and while we're sure your mom can't wait to spend some quality time with you, one organization is hoping you'll do a little more than shell out for brunch and a movie with your own maternal unit. Bay Area microcharity Help a Mother Out was formed when two local mothers... Read more »

Sexy kids' toys go to the dogs.

Apparently, the stuffed animals of yesterday just aren't sexy enough for today's smokin' hot youngsters. Enter Tini Puppini. These tiny stuffed dogs are, according to the products' website, "the most popular pups in town." They wear shoes, clothes, and makeup.... Read more »

Fisher-Price: It’s Never Too Early for Gender Stereotyping!

I know that pretending is not only an essential component of toddler entertainment but also a powerful tool for child development. Read more »

Are You Ready for the Sex, Girls?: The Mixed Messages of Kids

Kids has been hailed as a film that breaks the teen-movie mold and shows a long-hidden side of young life. But, while it may be more graphic and harsh than other movies, it basically covers the same ground: voracious young male sexuality. The only innovative element of the movie—an honest portrayal... Read more »

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House Proud : The troubling rise of stay-at-home daughters

“Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope 
of their father. As long as they’re under the...

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