How to Deal With a Teen Who Plays a LOT of Video Games

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teen plays too many video games

Earlier this year, an online video went viral, showing an angry dad driving his lawnmower over a very upset young man’s video game collection. According to the on-camera, four-letter-filled yelling match (warning), the son was spending too much time playing video games and the dad was fed up. Before you pull out the lawnmower and shred a thousand dollars’ worth of Junior’s video games, read the tips below—they’ll help create a little more family harmony on the matter.

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them…Then Beat Them

You may not see it right away, but the simple fact is that video games are fun. More than half of all Americans play video games on a semi-regular basis, according to the Entertainment Software Association, and if you’re telling your kids they are wasting their life on nothing, the hard fact is that you are wrong.

Video gaming is a cultural experience in the same category as watching TV as a family or seeing a baseball game with your dad. If your child is spend too much time away from the family to be able to play videos, move the video game console into the family room, load up a family-friendly game like “Just Dance 2015″ or “NBA2K14,” and play as a family. Or let the kids play games online from the kitchen desktop computer while you make dinner. This way they’re out in the common area with family rather than holed up in their bedrooms.

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From Me to WWE

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So my dad, my sister, my daughter, my nephew, and I all lost our virginity at the same time. Really. Okay, it wasn’t THAT kind of virginity. The one I’m talking about is our WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) virginity. This past weekend, the aforementioned group of family members descended on Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for Wrestlemania 31, WWE’s flagship event. It was, as it should be with other types of lost virginities, a huge amount of fun.

flintstones wweThe day started with a media viewing of “The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown” in the screening room where the post-game interviews happen at Levi’s Stadium. It had been a couple of decades since I’d last communed with the Flintstones and the Rubbles and it was great to see how little they’d aged. After that, lunch. Then, out to our seat for the big events.


As I kid, I’d watched WWF—the predecessor of WWE—and as an adult, I’d seen some actual WWE on TV so I thought I knew what we’d be in for, but I wasn’t even close. Sure, there were the wrestling matches—that much I expected. But there was so much more—and something for pretty much everyone.

andre the giant wweFor older fans, there was the introduction of the 2015 inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame, which included Kevin Nash, The Bushwhackers, Randy Savage, Alundra Blayze, Larry, Zbyszko, Tatsumi Fujinai, Rikishi, and Arnold Schwartzenegger. And of course there was the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which was won by Big Show (billed as “The World’s Largest Athlete) who tossed about 20 competitors out of the ring.
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Hard to Imagine Being Any Prouder of My Kids

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tirzah brott pentimentoMy oldeset daughter, Tirzah, just became an assistant photo editor at New York Magazine. Here’s a wonderful blog post about her work.tirzah pentimento 2

Online Shoppers Beware: Human Milk Purchased On Internet Can Be Contaminated

From the April 6, 2015 edition of the journal Pediatrics

In today’s digital world, shoppers can buy anything online, including human breast milk. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends against providing infants human milk from unscreened donors, some mothers unable to feed their child breastmilk are turning to the uncertainties of such donors. For the study, “Cow’s Milk Contamination of Human Milk Purchased via the Internet,” in the May 2015 Pediatrics (published online April 6), researchers tested 102 Internet samples of milk and found 11 percent were contaminated with store bought cow’s milk or milk-based formula powder. Of the positive samples, 10 were high enough to rule out incidental contamination. Cow’s milk can be problematic in infants with a milk allergy or intolerance. Because buyers have little way to test the milk they purchase online, parents should be aware the milk they are buying online might not be 100 percent human milk and use extreme caution.

New Articles for Military Families

I’ve posted a batch of new articles for military families on my mini site.

Here’s what you’ll find:
Family Care Planning for Single Military Parents
Military Housing: Assessing Whether Living On- or Off Base is Best
Domestic Violence in the Military: Just Because You Don’t See it Doesn’t Mean It’s Not There
Reducing the Military Divorce Rate: Strengthening Relationships and Families
Expanding Your Family Through Adoption: A Guide for Military Families
Preparing for Emergencies, Part 1: Survival Kits
Preparing for Emergencies, Part 2: Water, Water Everywhere
Preparing for Emergencies, Part 3: Everything You Need to Know about Food Storage
Finding Your Passion: Developing a Military Career

Keep Your Family Safe While You’re Away on Business

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keep famiily safe when awayAs the head of household, it’s your responsibility to keep your family safe. From buying the safest cars on the market to encouraging your children to wear helmets when they’re riding their bikes, it’s a father’s job to protect. But there are times when you may find yourself away on business, unable to keep your family out of harm’s way. Here are some simple solutions to keep your family safe while you’re out of town:

Security Camera Systems

If you’re concerned about potential break-ins while you’re gone, consider installing a security camera system, like those made by Lorex Technology. Choose a system that meets your needs. The Family Handyman offers a how-to guide for installing an outdoor security camera system. All you will need to install your new system is a drill and a screwdriver. Be sure to prep before installation and create a diagram of your home so you can determine where the cameras should be placed.

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