Author: Armin

Parenting a Child Who Cuts + Screw Love

Interviews with Michael Hollander, author of Helping Teens Who Cut, about developing the skills and techniques to end self-injury; and Michael Bennett and Sarah Bennett, authors of F*ck Love, about sensible advice for finding a lasting relationship.

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Funny, You Don’t Look Like You’re Pregnant, Dad

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is about four months pregnant and I’m really excited about becoming a new dad. The problem is that I’ve recently put on some weight (which is really weird, since I weigh exactly what I did in high school). I’ve also been having nosebleeds and I’m vomiting a lot (which is also weird, since I almost never do either one). I’m too embarrassed to talk to my wife about this and I’m certainly not going to ask my doctor. But I thought you might be able to help me figure out what’s going on. Got...

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Practical Self Defense + Lifesaving Spy Secrets

Interviews with Damian Ross, founder of the Self Defense Training System, about real-world self-defense strategies; and with Jason Hanson, author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life, about safety and survival techniques to keep your family protected.

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Showing Team Spirit: A Love For the Game

When it comes to sports, a lot of us go above and beyond to interact with each other and with the games (and teams) we love most. Of course, football is one of the biggest. During the season there are the tailgate parties, BBQs with friends, expensive seats on the 50-yard line, and Fantasy leagues. As the season winds down, there’s a bump in sales of big-ticket-, big-screen TVs for optimal Super Bowl watching. And let’s not forget about those TV packages, like the ones from DIRECT TV, that give us access to every single game played anywhere in...

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Animals, Animals Everywhere

We’re gearing up for Toy Fair, where we’ll be spending four days up to our ears in toys and games. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll fill you in on what’s new and exciting for 2017. But one thing we can guarantee right now: regardless of whatever else is trending, animals will never go out of style. Here are some of our current faves. FlipaZoo and Little FlipZees (Jay@Play) FlipaZoos are adorable plush pillows that are perfect for snuggle time and bed time. Each FlipaZoo is actually two animals in one. Just lift up the animal’s tail, pull...

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Divorced Dads and Babies: Are Overnight Visits Okay?

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are getting divorced, and while things are generally amicable, we’re having some major disagreements about whether it’s okay for our two young children, ages three and one, to sleep over at my house. We both want what’s best for our kids, but my wife says that because the kids are so young, they shouldn’t be separated from their mother, and that doing so would interfere with the mother-child relationship. I say that not letting them spend as much time with me as they do with their mother would interfere with the father-child...

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Big Digital for Little Digits

Like it or not, we live in a world that is more and more dependent on technology. And if we expect our children to thrive in an increasingly complex and competitive world, they need to be technologically competent. Some toys and games include tech features simply because they can. Others, such as the ones we’re reviewing this week, integrate technology in a way that actually encourages learning. DigiArt Creative Easel (VTech) Transformers are everywhere… This highly interactive art center transforms from a desk to an easel to a chalkboard and back again in a way that really encourages kids’...

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