Screen Your Daughter’s Dates + Emergence of the Dad Blogger

Terry Vaughan, author of Not with My Daughter.
Topic:
A dad’s guide to screening dates and boyfriends
Issues: Establishing rapport; recognizing behavioral signals and speech patterns that indicate what’s someone’s thinking; putting a prospective date at ease; earning your daughter’s trust; dealing with jerks.

dad2summitDoug French, author, writer, blogger, speaker, entrepreneur.
Topic:
The emergence of the dad blogger; conversations between brands and dads; giving back to others; dad2.0 summit (in San Francisco February 19-21, 2015).

Mama Gone Geek

Lynn Brunelle, author of Mama Gone Geek.
Topic:
Using your inner science nerd to help navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.
Issues: Playing with fire; electricity from lemons; nose flutes and armpit farts; raising lice; creating homemade washable body paint; dancing paperclips; growing your own germs; yummy homemade deodorant.

The Truth About Nature + Finding Your Inner Science Nerd


Ken Keffer, co-author of The Truth About Nature.
Topic:
Common myths about the great outdoors.
Issues: Do birds really sing because they’re happy? do bees really die after they sting you? to tornadoes always turn clockwise?; Do bulls always attack the color red? Many other myths and falsehoods.



Lynn Brunelle, author of Mama Gone Geek.
Topic:
Using your inner science nerd to help navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.
Issues: Playing with fire; electricity from lemons; nose flutes and armpit farts; raising lice; creating homemade washable body paint; dancing paperclips; growing your own germs; yummy homemade deodorant.

Reducing Screen Time–Even Just a Little–Makes a Big Difference

mrdad - screen time ripple effect

mrdad - screen time ripple effectDear Mr. Dad: My wife and I have an 11-year-old who’s very tech savvy and spends a lot of time on her phone and computer. A lot of experts—you included—talk about how we parents should cut back on our kids screen time. That sounds like a great idea, except that we both work full time and are exhausted when we get home, and neither of us has the energy to get into a battle with our daughter. We tried limiting her screen time, but after a few weeks, we didn’t see any difference in her behavior or her grades. Is there really any point in forcing the issue? Our home seems a lot more peaceful when don’t bug our daughter.

A: I love technology, and I’m constantly amazed at the marvelous things it allows us to do. But when it comes to kids (and many adults), there can be too much of a good thing. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that children spend an average of seven hours per day in front of some kind of screen (TV, computer, phones, and other devices). In addition, quite a bit of research indicates that there’s a direct correlation between screen time and obesity, eating disorders, poor academic performance, and other problems.

In our gut, most parents understand that we need to monitor our children’s screen time, but given how pervasive screens are in our daily life, limiting them is really hard. What makes it even harder is that, as you pointed out, it doesn’t produce immediate benefits. As a result, we can get frustrated, question why we’re trying in the first place, and simply give up rather than risk getting sucked into a knock-down-drag-out fight.
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Giving Kids Roots and Wings

Kenneth Ginsburg, author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens.
Topic:
Giving kids roots and wings
Issues: The effects of stress and how to foster resilience; grit: the character trait that drives performance; building competence and confidence; the importance of connection, character, and contribution; coping with difficulties and taking care of oneself; increasing kids’ sense of control and independence.

The Latest Articles for Military Families

I just posted a new batch of articles for military families on about.com.

This month I covered: the many ways deployment affects parents and children, strategies to help kids keep busy when a parent is deployed, understanding–and handling–rebellious teen behavior, how to make a temporary home feel like a permanent one–something many military families struggle with, and overcoming the challenges of long-distance relationships.

Please feel free to share these articles.