Author: Armin

The Downside of Praise

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but I’m sick and tired of hearing parents tell their kids that they’re “awesome,” or “amazing” or “incredible,” or any of the other overused words people use these days. The fact is that most kids aren’t any of those things. I’m wondering whether we’re doing damage to our society our non-stop praise. What’s your take on this? A: I couldn’t agree with you more. We live in an era where we give kids trophies for showing up—regardless of how well they play—and we rave about everything they do, whether it’s...

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A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Autistic Child

This week we interview Janet Lintala, author of “The Un-Prescription for Autism,” about a natural approach for a calmer, happier, and more focused child.

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Push Back + The Un-Prescription for Autism

This week we interview Amy Tuteur, author of “Push Back,” about overcoming guilt in the age of natural parenting, and Janet Lintala, author of “The Un-Prescription for Autism,” about a natural approach for a calmer, happier, and more focused child.

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Kids in the Kitchen — Now You’re Cooking!

Cooking is a wonderful family activity on so many levels. It help build kids’ confidence and creativity, encourages math skills, teaches about cause and effect, builds hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, increases the chance that they’ll eat healthier foods (unless all you ever make is dessert), and more, But most of all, it’s just plain fun. Here are some terrific products that will make cooking with your kids, well, a piece of cake.   Kitchen Tools and Utensils (Curious Chef) The brilliant minds at Curious Chef have a huge line of attractive, easy- (and safe-) to use, kid...

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Come on, Kiddo, Time for Bed

Getting kids to go to bed—and stay there—is no easy feat. Many parents dread the nightly routine, starting kids who whine, cry, make increasingly bizarre demands, throw tantrums, and do anything else they can think of to stay up. If you’re looking to make bedtime a little sweeter for everyone, check out our new favorites. You can thank us in the morning.   Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Snuggle and Glow Plush Toy This little guy, who comes with his very own Tigey toy, is great for young fans of the hit TV show, and any child who’s afraid of the dark. Daniel...

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Going Swimming? Keep Your Mouth Shut

Dear Mr. Dad: My family loves to swim, and every year my wife and I have the same argument. I say that swimming pools are filthy and I tell our kids to keep their mouth closed while they’re in the water. My wife says that chlorine kills any dangerous germs and that it’s perfectly fine for the kids to fill their mouths with water and squirt each other, or even to swallow some. We’ve agreed to let you settle the issue. Who’s right? You are. Chlorine definitely does a good job of keeping pool water clean, but only when...

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Becoming a Hybrid Tiger + The Dolphin Way

Interviews with Quanyu Huang, author of “The Hybrid Tiger,” about the secrets of the extraordinary success of Asian-American kids; and Shimi Kang, author of “The Dolphin Way,” about raising healthy, happy, motivated kids without turning into a tiger.

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#Netflix Sibling Rivalry? Ha! What about Parent-Child Rivalry?

Why is it that the word “rivalry” is almost always paired with the word “sibling”? That two-word phrase is tossed around so often and in so many contexts that one might reasonably think that siblings never get along. Of course they do, and when it happens, it’s a beautiful thing. Nothing can make us feel better about the wonderful job we’re doing raising our kids, than to see two or more of them cuddled up on the couch together, playing, comforting each other, or doing pretty much anything else that doesn’t leave at least one child crying, bruised, or...

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Fun Ways Your Teenagers Can Learn about History

Remember those history classes in school? We’d scribble down dates, learn the names of politicians, kings, and queens from giant text books, and perhaps watch a documentary hosted by an old man in a brown blazer. But does that really bring history to life? How can we feel connected to crucial events of the past if we’re sitting in a classroom? There are far better ways to get your teens—and yourself—more interested and engaged in history. Here’s how: Visit a Museum History takes on a very different meaning when it’s actually staring you in the face. Whether it’s an...

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