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Our son, 9, has always been after me to let him play hockey. I usually start coughing, pretend not to hear him and then change the subject to something like, "When is that Suite Life of Zack and Cody special premiering on the Disney Channel?" Then I just slip him $5 and the whole thing is forgotten. Hockey's a great sport, don't get me wrong. My problem is this…

In today's Buffalo News, Toni Ruberto reviews Alec Baldwin's new book about his bitter custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger over their daughter, Ireland. Baldwin, of course, didn't do his cause any favors when he left the infamous voicemail message on his daughter's phone in which he called her "a selfish little pig." It was a private message that was made p…

The online parenting magazine Babble has an article listing "The 33 Worst Celebrity Baby Names." Since I don't spend nearly enough time tracking celebrity news, many of them were new to me. I can't argue with their inclusion of some wonderful/terrible names, such as: Tu Morrow (son of Rob Morrow); Moxie CrimeFighter (Penn Jillette); Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee)…

Necessity spurred this mother to invention. After years of failed meal attempts trying to produce dinners that even just a plurality of our family would eat, I came up with a new concept. When the 3 p.m. chorus inquired "what's for dinner tonight?" I replied "You're on your own!" Survival skills kicked in, and I realized that this could be an acronym …

As we reach mid-September, we enter Hamster Wheel season. Everything winds back into gear – school, after-school activities, music lessons, the backlog of meetings and events at work that get scheduled in September because everyone is on vacation in July and August. Thirty days hath September, but it feels like 60 days of stuff get crammed into it. Here is the hamster me…

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We've had broken bones in our family from soccer, basketball and from a Tae-Kwon Do birthday party. However, I never dreamed that cheerleading could be so risky. A Washington Post article about the perils of cheerleading is an eye-opener. Says the Post:A growing body of evidence indicates cheerleading has become one of the riskiest athletic activities for women, leav…

These days of economic uncertainty are worrying me as much as the next father. But I just had a thought that brightened my day. If John McCain is elected president, I could see myself getting a senior position in the State Department. My qualifications? I can actually see Canada from my office. ---Greg

For two Sundays in a row I have taken our 9-year-old son to play in an instructional flag football league at our neighborhood YMCA. Suddenly I feel things churning inside me that I have never felt before. With shades  of Lon Chaney's transformation into the Wolf Man, I find myself turning into Helicopter Parent, Sports Division. There are just six boys in the league,…

The Rocky Mountain News in Denver is, like The Buffalo News and many other newspapers, rushing to incorporate new media technology into its news coverage. But the decision to let one of the Denver reporters live-blog the funeral of a 3-year-old boy is one the paper probably wishes it had not made. Rocky Mountain News reporter Berny Morson used the social networking tool T…

Tired of nagging the kids about cleaning up their rooms or taking out the garbage? Well, you no longer need to nag them yourselves, you can outsource it to NannysCircle.com. The Web site, launched over the summer, is sort of a mix between an online family organizer and the virtual world of Second Life. Families who sign up for Nannys Circle, starting at $9.95 per month …

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One of my parental fantasies has always been to work at home. My dream job would be one in which I could get up and work from 4-8 a.m. in relative solitude, then get the kids off to school, make a few calls and do some errands, and perhaps finish up a little  work after the rest of the family has gone to bed. It would be nice to have that kind of control over my t…

  (Associated Press photo) Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is a very hot topic this week. No matter which side of the aisle one sits on politically, there is no denying that it would make for some interesting drama to see her and her family move from the governor's mansion in Alaska to, um, well, where exactly does the vice president live? Here…

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That giant whooshing sound we hear is the collective sigh of relief from parents as the kids go back to school. The conga line forms here! I always yearn for this day, too, but at the same time I know that it instantly throws our household back into hyperdrive. All of our extracurricular activities always start up again at the same time, so our sighs of relief last about …

<!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> The Parent Company family attended two barbecues over the holiday weekend, one at a Buffalo News colleague's house and one at the home of a longtime friend in our neighborhood. The gathering at our friend's house has become a Labor Day tradition with u…

We haven’t been good at getting out without kids. No particular reason, we just haven’t made the effort. This year I finally started going to the Shaw Festival, always on my regional bucket list, but somehow had never gotten to it before. Now that we are equipped with Nexus passes, Canada is just a quick bridge crossing away, which makes Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) seem li…