What parents need to know about streaming video
By Melissa Henson The temptation for parents of young children to make the switch from terrestrial broadcast and cable television to streaming video is powerful. I know. I’ve been there. Frustrated by the non-stop efforts to market junk food, video games, cheap
What to consider before using GPS to track your kid
By Carolyn Jabs Sooner or later, most parents lose a kid—usually for only a few minutes. A toddler figures out how to open an unlatched door. A kindergartener heads off to investigate something in another grocery aisle. A school age child gets
The Great Flood of 2017
This time last year I wrote a post about how I don’t have the same emotions about kids going back to school that many parents seem to have. I don’t get all weepy about my kids getting all grown up
My middle son turned 10 this week, so I took him and a pack of his friends to the new skate park in Rockwood, a village not far from our home city. I’m not a birthday party lover, not the way
It’s All About Birth Order Baby
By Laura Lyles Reagan How should birth order data affect parenting? Parenting expert, Dr. Gail Gross summarizes the existing roles and research on birth order by naming the first born as the achiever, the middle child as the peacemaker and the youngest
Naming what you’re feeling
It’s not always easy to communicate to kids in a way they understand. This is true even in the most obvious sense, that they sometimes lack the experience and the knowledge to understand ideas that are more subtle or complex.
TAKING ACTION AND ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY
One of the most rewarding things for me as a parent is seeing my kids grow up and start taking on new roles and responsibilities. I’m not just talking about the new responsibilities that I give them (like doing their
Embracing failure: How mistakes — both yours and theirs — boost motivation and learning
By Malia Jacobson Late-fall light streamed through my minivan windshield as I approached the school pick-up line, eager to hear about my first-grader’s day. But when she climbed into her booster seat, clambering past her two younger siblings in their carseats,
A break in the routine
Our family went to camp this past weekend. It’s usually a sleepover camp for kids during the summer, but it also has a couple of weeks and a weekend geared toward families. My wife runs the programming for this particular family
Getting a grip on the internet of things
It’s no secret that things are getting smarter. Devices let parents check in on sleeping babies and keep track of children when they are away from home.
Parenting styles for the future
Between helicopter parents afraid to relinquish control and permissive parents afraid to exert authority, there is a respectful middle ground, which is not fear-based.
Thank heavens for spring. I know we’re not yet past the possibility of a late snow storm. I know there will be lots of frosty nights yet before the warm weather really gets here.
You’ve probably been there. After you’ve told your children that they shouldn’t do something countless times, they catch you doing it.
The Meet: A Lesson in Making a Loss a Win
I sat on the hard bleacher at the gymnastics meet, inhaling the smell of sweat and chalk. Clasping my hands together, I tried to keep from biting my nails.
I’ve been told often enough that kids need to learn from experience, and I’ve often found this to be true myself, but there are times when I seriously wonder at the lessons they seem to learn.
A Night in Emergency
I want to tell the story of the horrible night I spent waiting in emergency last night.
Enjoy it while you can
We’ve had a great couple of weeks around our house.
Bad Behaviour: Taking the sting out of someone else’s response
As the parent of a child who has special needs, I have been in many situations where people have meant well in their response to something but rather, left me feeling like a mess.
What’s your favourite
I’ve discovered over the years that one of the best ways to learn about someone is to ask after their influences.
It also just so happened that this year we had fewer family functions, so we’ve had a long, fairly relaxed, mostly uneventful vacation time. Until the sleepovers. The idea was a good one in theory.