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Kids decide: Are moms better drivers than dads? Add to ...

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Watch it, pops: Kids feel safer when their mothers are behind the wheel --and more entertained, says a poll of children aged 6 to 15.

Seven in ten children see their dads as risk-takers who are more likely to speed or freak out at other drivers.

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Almost a third said they prefer a ride with mom because she talks to them more. To boot, she's a jester, more likely to play games and crack jokes when driving.

Still, fathers won out in the technical department: 60 per cent of the kids surveyed said dads are better at parking and reversing; 62 per cent said mom is more likely to stall the car or get lost.

But who will ask for directions?

<p> <b>Pass the bong, mom: </b>Jade Jones-Hawk, 17, spent most of her childhood running wild on the psychedelic festival circuit with her mom. </p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="http://offbeatmama.com/2010/12/festival-with-kid">She recalls</a> hanging with the "wolf pack," a horde of kids who essentially raised themselves in among the glowsticks and patchouli: "The younglings would be cared for by the older kids and often all the children of the encampment would run together as a single herd, whether they numbered three or twenty." </p> <p> Now, the Burning Man-loving teen offers parenting advice -- and man is she precocious under those desert goggles. </p> <p> A sample: "No matter what - tuck them in. Just outside the thin walls of the tent, the bass is still going and the lights are casting neon shadows and perhaps you have a lover waiting for you - but all the kid is waiting for and listening for is your voice and your kiss goodnight. If you have night-time rituals like story time or songs, keep them; maintain some sort of basic structure." </p> <p> And then get back to your tent lover. </p> <p> <b>Don't try this in Canada: </b>Fliers facing delays in the Northeast got nothin' on Russian passengers <a target="_blank" href="http://en.rian.ru/russia/20101228/161968784.html">who attacked airline staff</a> on Tuesday after a crippling ice storm caused four days of delays. </p> <p> The passengers rioted after massive flight disruptions at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, beating employees of Aeroflot, Russia's largest air company. Some of those beaten were reportedly women. </p> <p> Those not using fists used money: Some passengers claimed they bribed personnel to retrieve their luggage. </p> <p> Meanwhile, <a target="_blank" href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/12/at-moscow-airports-stranded-travelers-attack-workers-amid-storm-chaos/1">hundreds of people</a> attempted to break past passport control at Domodedovo Airport. </p> <p> Not quite the holiday spirit. </p>

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