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I recently ran across a forum where parents were comparing notes on whether or not their teens would hug them. Most said the teens would hug them in private and would prefer not to in public. Some parents respected the kids need for space and others hugged them anyway.

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Often times, people who aren't sure they're marrying the right person end up tying the knot anyway. Did you have cold feet before you got married? Or did you have doubts beyond the typical wedding-day jitters? Share your stories here.

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There are those of us who will do anything for our pets. And among us is a subset who will do anything for our children's pets -- because, after all, we wouldn't have pets in the first place if not for their promises to "feed him and walk him and take care of him all by myself." I read with knowing nods this weekend Jacques Steinberg's essay in the Style section about his son's pet gecko, Belzer, and the lengths a parent will go to unstop a tiny creature's intestines:

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If you're interested in a Web site that can leave you clicking and drooling for hours, look no further than Scanwiches.The food blog is a simple stream of delicious, hearty sandwiches scanned "for education and delight." There's everything from juicy tortas to plain old peanut  …

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Whenever the subject here is adoption readers point out that while the difficult cases make the news, most adoptive families are happy and most adopted children are healthy and well-adjusted. Today is the final day of National Adoption Month, and a fitting time to take a look at the report "Adoption USA: A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents" which was released recently by the Department of Health and Human Services. Based on interviews with parents of 91,642 adopted children, its authors describe the report as "the first ever survey to provide representative information about the characteristics, adoption experiences, and well-being of adopted children and their families in the United States."

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Amid the swirl of shopping and decorating and photos with Santa, Allison Swope, a mother of two young children in Massachusetts, is looking for something more. While she wants to imbue her children, two-and-a-half-year-old Ewing and 18-month-old Charlotte Grey, with the holiday spirit, she's not sure that the traditions she was raised with are exactly the ones she wants to pass along. What then to replace them (or, at least supplement them) with? In her search for new rituals - ones that focus more on spirit and less on stuff - she's asked me to ask all of you.

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The Adventures of Spot (page 5) Ask children to describe what's happening in each picture. Then read the text. Help children focus on the print. Ask, "How many times does the word no appear on the page?" What is the...

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Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are behind us, it's a mad dash to Hannukah and Christmas. Are you ready?

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And the Miley song was on And the Miley song was on And the Miley song was on... and on... and on... and on... And I thought the freakin' fish song was bad. I stand corrected. Listening to Miley Cyrus' hit song "Party In The U.S.A.

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A recent Washington Post article addresses the conflict of treating teenagers like kids, or considering them to be young adults. Just who is a "young adult"? Common sense says legal adulthood starts at age 18.

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