Say Anything. . . Just Not to a Mom?

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles that tell people what not to say to mothers: What not to say to a mom What not to say to a mom who had a C-section What not to say to a mom of boys What not to say to a mom of girls What not to … Continued

Parenting

The Dad Who Wants an Age Limit for Cellphones Might Be on to Something

We have age requirements to purchase alcohol, cigarettes and even Sudafed. So perhaps it was inevitable someone would suggest that you should need to be a certain age before you can purchase what has become the real scourge of youth—the cell phone. Tim Farnum, an anesthesiologist in Colorado, is trying get enough signatures for a … Continued

Parenting

Celebrating Father’s Day Without a Father

In the classrooms of my childhood, almost every other kid around me was crafting something for their dads in June. Painting photo frames for desks, decorating hammers and making pretend ties; all pretty cliché objects for kids to create in order to hand over to their Dads on Father’s Day. With one or two other … Continued

Parenting

Why Athletes and Social Media Don’t Always Mix

Athletes and Instagram seem to go hand in hand these days – especially among elite athletes and those hoping to reach the professional (and even semi-professional) level. It’s hardly surprising: social media accounts are a measure of popularity and potential sponsors like to see a large number of followers. But smartphones aren’t problem-free, especially for … Continued

Parenting

How to Navigate the Brave New (Under) World of Social Media

For all the connectedness that social media can bring—the excited Facebook status updates, the perfectly-posed Instagram photos, the enlightening political banter on Twitter—recently-leaked guidelines about how Facebook moderators wrangle with content on the platform show a disturbingly dark side of humanity. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms, people often seem compelled to … Continued

Parenting

Why You Should Stop Using Technology as a Babysitter

The time of year is upon us that working parents dread. Even if you’ve found something to occupy your children for the summer—and many parents struggle to piece together childcare they can afford—there is still a period of weeks between the time that school ends and camp starts. The younger the children, the bigger the … Continued

Parenting

Don’t Overschedule Your Kids This Summer. Leave Time for Play.

Every year about this time there are at least three reactions parents have to the prospect of a long, hot, sweaty (did I mention long?) summer break: 1. Yaahhhooooooooooo it’s time for the BEEAACCCHH!!!! 2. What the heck am I going to do with these kids for three months?! 3. Summer? What summer? The kids … Continued

Parenting

What the Theater Can Teach Us About Living in the Moment

A movie chain in southern California recently announced the opening of a new theater with an indoor jungle gym situated alongside stadium seating. The goal is to “exhaust” children ahead of the movie so parents can sit back and enjoy the flick. The kids, meanwhile, will “then sprawl out on beanbags and lounge seats and … Continued

Parenting

Stop Sending Mixed Messages About Transgender Kids

What if your ten-year-old child said he wanted to be a dolphin when he grew up? Would you just laugh? Would you even entertain the idea? Of course not. How could you? Hardly any parent, community or school system would go along with this. But every day, more and more, the idea that kids can … Continued

Parenting

When the Duchess of Cambridge Talks About Motherhood, Should We Listen?

When the world’s most-watched mother of preschoolers talks about motherhood, we stop and listen to what she has to say. Recently, the Duchess of Cambridge, mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, has been speaking out about the challenges of being a mother of young children. Her sincerity and willingness to talk about her own … Continued

Parenting