When you reach for ibuprofen for your sore back or a pill to help you sleep, are you sending a bad message to your kid? Yes, says Bryant Gumbel in his video commentary about the drug charges against ball player Alex Rodriguez. While he thinks that Rodriguez should be punished for being a liar and a cheat, he doesn’t think that people should be shocked by the fact that Rodriguez was ...

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Online dating is a bad idea for teens -- especially young teens. That’s why it wasn’t particularly responsible of Seventeen Magazine to publish a blog in which “dating blogger” Isabelle Furth floated the idea of using sites like Match.com to find dates. To be fair, she had concerns about the idea, and she’s in college, so theoretically old enough to make these decisions. But college kids don’t read Seventeen. Middle school ...

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We have got to stop talking about stay-at-home vs. working mothers as if it were some sort of debate, as if it were the central issue of parenting and families. It’s not. I am really annoyed by an installment in The Debate, a blog on Huffington Post in which Lisa Heffernan says that she regrets being a stay-at-home mom. She laments her loss of income (which she clearly didn’t need), and that ...

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Should we call obesity a disease—or a condition? This is a question that has become really controversial. This week, the Council on Science and Public Health of the American Medical Association (AMA) put out a report saying that obesity shouldn’t be classified as a disease. The next day, the AMA’s House of Delegates disagreed, saying it should be. You know what I think? I don’t care. It’s not that I don’t care about obesity. ...

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I'm not big on spying on teens generally. I think that privacy is important. And by the time they are teens, in most cases we need to trust that at least some of the stuff we've said for years has stuck--and we need to let them learn to be independent and make choices without us. That said, if you have a teen who drives, there's some spying I suggest, assuming you ...

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Repeated bumps to the head are bad for children. This sounds incredibly obvious, yet as a society, we don't particularly act like we get it at all. When the Bruins made it into the Stanley Cup finals, I thought about all the young hockey players who would be inspired to practice harder and play harder in the hope of one day doing the same. And I wondered: if they bumped their ...

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If you believe in vaccines, please speak up If you believe in vaccines, can you speak up? When we are unsure about decisions, we want to know what our friends and loved ones think. This is normal and understandable; after all, these are people who are important to us, people whose opinions we value and trust. We also turn to these people when making medical decisions--including ones about immunizations. While what the ...

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As someone who has been a parent for 22 years, I know firsthand just how hard driving kids around can be. When they are little they cry, as they get older they ask a million questions and fight with their siblings, and when they get older there's the whole issue of the radio, not to mention the chaos of friends in the car. But a study recently released suggests that ...

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We've all been hearing about the cool app Snapchat, which allows people to send pictures and videos that only last a few seconds before disappearing. Because of the disappearing thing, the worry that I keep reading about is that teens will use it for sexting, figuring that it's no problem if they take sexy pictures or videos, because they won't last. Now I worry about sexting as much as anybody else ...

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Think of a soda ban like seatbelts I’m sad that a New York judge struck down the 16-ounce size limit for sodas and some other sweet drinks.  I think Mayor Bloomberg had the right idea. I get that whole personal freedom argument (although the court just said that it was arbitrary and out of Bloomberg’s purview), that this was a “nanny state” idea. But honestly, when it comes to obesity, ...

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