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boston globe magazine
November 1, 2009
Why an iPhone could actually be good for your 3-year-old (Photograph by Joel Benjamin)

Why iPhones could actually be good for kids

Parents who hand smart phones to their preschoolers as a distraction are shocked to see how quickly the kids become pros. They may worry about such early screen time. But for this generation of “mobile kids,” portable, wireless technology promises to improve the way they learn.
Video What happens when you hand a 3-year-old an iPhone?

Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

Lots of frogs

I decided to date as many men as I possibly could. Would it lead me to my prince?
dinner with cupid

In the name of love

She’s a U2 fan. Him, not so much. Will they find what they’re looking for?
miss conduct's ettiquette column

Hasty goodbyes

How to stop making phony phone farewells, plus changing gift-giving traditions.
pierced column

Unhealthy position

Charlie Baker’s job could haunt him.
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A menu based on versatile, delicious apple cider.
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The singer...
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Splice is right
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For players
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Parenting Traps
Bragging rights
How much boasting is too much?
Letters to the Magazine editor
Our cover story on Harvard hockey received cheers and jeers. We also heard about stemming prostitution and understanding Asperger’s.

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This summer, the star returns to Massachusetts for some much-needed R & R.
James Reeb

Letter from Selma

Revisiting the 1965 murder of a white Boston minister that helped usher in the Voting Rights Act.
Home-birth battle

Home-birth battle

Massachusetts doesn't regulate midwives. Now one brave – and unlikely – advocate is fighting for change.
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