Tag Archives: children

Hard Truths: A Parental Responsibility to Address Tragedy

Hard Truths: A Parental Responsibility to Address Tragedy

Recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, have me dwelling on one of the great parenting struggles: the challenge of maintaining a child’s innocence while living in a world wrought with so many unconscionable acts. Using Jon Stewart’s already notorious ‘Daily Show’ monologue as a jumping off point, I explore the hard questions of what to share and how to share the truth of tragedy with children. Read More

11 Things Parents Ought to Know by Now

11 Things Parents Ought to Know by Now

So somebody over at the Huffington Post wrote this thing about raising boys, and the blogosphere went a little crazy. It seems some of her observations were a little on the obvious side, and at least a couple of them read to some folks as more than a little sexist. So let’s take a look. You can read the original over at the Huffington Post; here are my comments. Read More

Is Screen Time Bad for Children?

Is Screen Time Bad for Children?

On October 28, 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new recommendations calling on parents to severely limit the time their children spend in front of a screen. These recommendations arise from studies that have largely debunked the myth of “educational” media, especially for children under 2 years of age, and show even in older children a correlation between total hours of screen time and childhood obesity, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression and other behavior issues. As a geek that has spent many happy hours in front of various screens, I don’t want to believe that exposing my child to many of the things I love could be harmful. But as a dad I have to seriously consider the possibility. Read More

Get the Most From the Disney Theme Parks With Touring Plans

Touringplans.com is a website that claims to have the power to save you four hours of waiting in line in a single day at the Disney theme parks. With touring plans, crowd calendar and a wait time app, Touringplans.com has everything you need to plan out and enjoy your day. The trick is making sure you follow their advice and not wander off. Read More

Battle of the iPhone Cases

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t be a klutz and I would never drop my phone. On the off chance that something happened to my device, like my six-year old son, it would survive the experience unscathed. Yea…I’ll hang on to that pipe dream. The reality is that phones get dropped. If you have children, regardless of how high you put your phone, eventually they will get their hands on it . So, what is the best way to protect your device? That’s a question I have been asking myself since I first got my iPhone last year. Read More

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak passed away Tuesday due to complications from a recent stroke. He was 83. Sendak wrote and illustrated dozens of children’s books, which earned plenty of recognition, including the prestigious Caldecott Medal and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal. His … Read More

Review: Take a Deep Breath by Nina Shapiro, MD

There are plenty of challenges that we face as parents. Some are simple, like learning how to simultaneously change a diaper, finish a phone call and prevent your child from knocking over everything on the changing table. Others, like helping your child when they’re sick, are a lot more difficult and frightening. As Mom to a… Read More