Author: Armin

Stepping into a Blended Family

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m divorced and have three children from that marriage. I’m engaged to a great guy and we’re very happy. The one trouble area is that he never seems quite comfortable around my kids (he doesn’t have any of his own) and often tells me that he doesn’t feel like he truly belongs How can I help him feel like a real member of a blended family? A:  I hate to put any more pressure on you than you’re already under, but the biggest predictor of how well your husband-to-be will integrate with the rest of your...

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Dharma Parenting + Grace without God

Interviews with Frederick Travis and Robert Keith Wallace, coauthors of “Dharma Parenting,” about how to understand your child’s brilliant brain for greater happiness, health, success, and fulfillment; and Katherine Ozment, author of “Grace without God,” about the search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a secular age.

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A Capital Place for Fun

Washington DC doesn’t appear on many lists of top adventure travel destinations, but if you know where to look, there are plenty of options, ranging from the sedate to the scary (besides visiting Congress and seeing our politicians in action). Here are some highlights from a recent trip. Kings Dominion Kings Dominion is about two hours south of DC, and the rides (quality and quantity) are the best we’ve experienced. Anaconda is loaded with coils, loops, and drops. Drop Tower sent us free-falling 27 stories straight down, Flight of Fear catapulted us into near-total darkness, and Volcano shot us—like...

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Congrats, Procter & Gamble, You’ve Alienated Half Your Customers

Dear Mr. Dad: During the last Olympics, you wrote about how Procter & Gamble’s “Thank You, Mom” campaign ignores dads and their importance in their children’s lives. I was hoping that they would have made some changes, but they’re at it again. Why is this still going on? A: I honestly wish I knew. Even my kids have been asking me why P&G never talks about dads. I’ve been urging the company for years to create a campaign that thanks dads, or at least to change the current one to “Thank you mom and dad.” But they see every...

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Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New Realities of Girl World

Interview with Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd edition,” about helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boys, and the new realities of girl world.

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Warning Signs of Aggression or Victimization + Queen Bees and Wannabes

Interviews with Laurie Berdahl, coauthor of “Warning Signs,” about how to protect your kids from becoming victims or perpetrators of violence and aggression; and Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd edition,” about helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boys, and the new realities of girl world.

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Dog Days of Sumer Got You Down?

When the weather is see-sawing back and forth between too hot and too stormy, here are some fun toys that work equally well indoors or out. Water Park with Slides (Playmobil) This colorful playset includes two slides that feed into an octopus wave pool. The brightly colored octopus creates ripples in the pool just like the wave pool at your favorite theme park. Male, female, and child figures are included, along with several accessories. Just fill with water, and let the fun begin. For ages 4 and up. $59.99 at your favorite retailer or www.playmobil.com. Fun Carry Cases (Playmobil) Got...

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Back to School: Early Wakeups, a New Backpack, and Lots of Laundry

It’s hard to believe, but in just a few weeks, the kids will be back in school. As the summer winds down, you’re going to be plenty busy. You’ll be gradually transition the kids from the glory days of 11pm bedtimes and sleeping in ‘til 10, to a more normal school schedule, with its 6:30am wakeups. You’ll also be running around all over town with a list of school supplies on your smartphone, trying to find the best deal on pencils, paper, markers, binders, backpacks, and all the rest. And let’s not forget the laundry. Of course, there are...

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Single Parents: Go Slowly when Dating

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a divorced mom and am thinking about dipping my toes back into the dating world. My biggest concern is how my dating life will affect my children (ages 5 and 8), so I want to do this the right way. How long after a divorce should I wait? How long should I wait before letting my kids meet someone I’m going out with? And on the other side, what do you suggest that I tell (or don’t tell) someone I’m dating about my having kids? A: I’m sure that your friends and family are itching...

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