Author: Armin

Talking about Life’s Challenges with Help from @Netflix and the #StreamTeam

Disclosure: I’m a member of the #Netflix #StreamTeam and receive occasional product and early access to programming. But every word I write is all mine. Life is full of challenges. And as parents, we’re supposed to know how to help our children through all of them: understanding consequences for not following rules, the importance of being honest and responsible, not giving in to peer pressure, how to work and play well with others, maintaining a healthy level of self-esteem, how to be a good friend, and more. It’s as if because we used to be kids, we somehow magically...

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How Teens and Young Adults Can Cope with Sensory Processing Disorders

Interview with Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of “The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up,” about how teens and young adults cope with–and can find workarounds for–Sensory Processing Disorders.

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Rocking Fatherhood + The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up

Interviews with Chris Korneliss, author of “Rocking Fatherhood,” about how dads-to-be can stay cool; and Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of “The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up,” about how teens and young adults can cope–and thrive–with a Sensory Processing Disorder.

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2016 Travel Accessories

When you’re taking a family vacation, you need to be ready for anything. At the same time, you don’t want to pack everything you own and the kitchen sink. Here are some of our travel must-haves. Galaxy S7 (Samsung) A good cell phone is absolutely essential, and at the risk of starting World War III, we prefer Samsung’s over Apple’s. To start with, the camera takes vibrant, sharp photos, and the number of available apps is dizzying. The S7 and S7 Edge are also water resistant, which makes them much more durable. And in our experience, Samsung phones age well—they last longer than other brands we’ve tested, and are less likely to get “glitchy” or slow down or freeze. Sprint, the network that Samantha uses, also pairs really well with the new Galaxy line and has some really awesome offers right now for both new and existing customers, making it the perfect time to upgrade. Options and prices vary, visit your Sprint store for details.   HERO4 Session (GoPro) While your phone will likely double as your main camera for basic photography, most of us don’t want to risk losing or destroying it by taking it jet skiing, skydiving, snow tubing, into the ocean, or on a ziplining marathon. The HERO4 Session is the smallest, lightest addition to the GoPro family. It has a free app that connects it...

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Divorced Mom — Don’t Entertain Your Kids 24/7

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a divorced mom, and because of my past substance abuse issues, my ex-husband has primary physical custody of our children. I only get to see them on weekends and we miss each other terribly. I’ve been trying to make it up to them by filling every weekend with outings and activities. But I think I’ve made a mistake. More than anything, I want to just hang out with the kids, but every time I schedule some downtime, they complain that they’re bored. What can I do? A: I’m so glad you wrote—I get this question...

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How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think about Food

Interview with Catherine Price, author of “Vitamania,” about the surprising story of America’s blind devotion to vitamins at the expense of our health and why so much we “know” about vitamins is actually wrong.

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The Long Ride Home + Vitamania

Interview with Rupert Isaacson, author of “The Long Ride Home,” about the remarkable story of a boy, a horse, overcoming autism, and a revolutionary approach that has changed the life of thousands of children and their family; and Catherine Price, author of “Vitamania,” about how vitamins revolutionized the way we think about food and why so much we “know” about vitamins is actually wrong.

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Superhero Movie Figures

If you’re a fan of superhero movies, life is pretty good right now. Between reboots of existing hero stories (Batman, Spiderman, and X-Men, for example), sequels (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Fantastic Four 2, Thor, etc.), first-time-on-screen heroes (Deadpool, Antman, Jessica Jones), and heroes who had cameos in current films but will be getting their own movies soon (Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Aquaman), you’re going to be spending a lot of time in dark theaters. This week, we take a look at some fun toys to keep you connected to your favorite heroes—and villains—during those long spells between movie...

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Having a Baby Changes Friendships and Everything Else

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I used to spend a lot of time getting together with friends and family. But ever since our baby was born, our social life has changed for the worse. I understand that some of this is normal, but it doesn’t feel very good. How can we save our friendships? A: It’s kind of amazing, isn’t it? These little creatures who can’t walk or talk or feed themselves land on planet Earth and by simply being there, drastically change the life of nearly everyone around them. They can bring families together or ignite feuds....

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Be a Stroke Super Hero

There are many super heroes out there. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, people who are simply lending a hand to others. We consider those people super heroes. Many of those super heroes are behind the scenes; they never get recognition for what they do, and that is okay with them. But what if you could be a super hero that saves lives? You might be thinking – wow, that would be a big deal – right? It is much easier than you might think! May is American Stroke Month, so we’re working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the...

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