Author: Armin

Mastering Self-Regulation + The Gift of Maybe

Interviews with Stuart Shanker ( @StuartShanker ), author of “Self-Reg,” about how to help your child (and you) break the stress cycle and successfully engage with life; and Interview with Allison Carmen ( @giftofmaybe ), author of “The Gift of Maybe,” about finding hope and possibility in uncertain times.

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Games for Tweens and Teens

One of our biggest challenges here at Parents@Play is to find games that tweens and teens will not only be willing to play with their family, but that they’ll actually want to play (and that don’t involve cell phones or anything else with a screen). Here are four that we’re confident will soon be on your family’s list of game-night hits. Disgusting Anatomy Brain (Scientific Explorer) This kit is part chemistry experiment, part anatomy lesson, part art project, and all disgusting. It starts innocuously enough in the kitchen, where you cook up some gooey gelatin and pour it into...

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Watching and Learning with @Netflix and the #StreamTeam

In our house, we tend to use @Netflix as a kind of on-demand movie night provider and TV show catcher-upper. But as we’ve discovered from watching tons of documentaries and non-faction programming, it’s also a wonderful (and very underrated) source of all sorts of cool information. Here are some of our favorite Trivial Pursuit-worthy tidbits. Eating junk food for 30 days will just about kill you. Supersize Me and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. You don’t have to be a science nerd to be fascinated by astronomy. Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. I was in the Marine Corps and...

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A Father, A Daughter, and a Journey Back from Cancer

Interview with Elisha Cooper, author of “Falling,” which is a moving memoir of how a family copes with the discovery of a child’s cancer, sleepless nights, surgeries, and worry, and ultimately recovery.

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Raising Men + A Family’s Journey Through Cancer

Interviews with Eric Davis, author of “Raising Men,” about the lessons Navy SEALs learned in training and taught to their sons; and Elisha Cooper, author of “Falling,” a moving memoir of how a family copes with the discovery of a child’s cancer, sleepless nights, surgeries, and worry, and ultimately recovery.

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Fun without an Agenda

Looking for some good, old-fashioned toys to play with that don’t claim to build STEM skills, expand your brain, or anything else? If so, you’ll want to check out these new items that offer, gasp, nothing but fun. And that’s just fine. Hamsters in a House (ZURU) This might bring to mind another toy craze from a few years ago, (Zhu Zhu Pets) and we admit there are some similarities. These little hamsters are small (though not so small that your kids can swallow them), soft, and furry. They buzz and scoot around any smooth, flat surface as well...

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Our #DadTime DC Adventure Begins with Relaxing @HomewoodSuites

In my first DC adventure post, I focused on physically challenging adventures. In this post, we relax a little and focus on somewhat-less-physically challenging activities. We arrived at Homewood Suites at 11a.m., several hours before check-in time. I was expecting to drop off our bags and head out to start exploring the city. But the staff cheerfully welcomed us, and in fewer than 10 minutes, we were in our room. Zoe immediately collapsed on her bed and took a nap.   I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do one of my Insanity workouts, which I have with me...

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Forced Fatherhood? It Happens More Than You’d Think

Dear Mr. Dad: My girlfriend and I talked many times about children and mutually decided not to have any. However, without telling me, she changed her mind and got pregnant. I have absolutely no interest in being a father or raising children, but she’s threatening to come after me for child support. Is there anything I can do to stop her? A: The short answer to your question is no, there’s nothing you can do to stop her. Society’s reaction to any man who gets a woman pregnant—even if he was lied to about her intentions—is basically, “Tough #$!%,...

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VEX Robotics Arm from @Hexbug and @BestBuy

The first thing to know about this robotic arm from Hexbug (makers of those adorable, frenetic mechanical insects) is that it’s not a true robot in the “it-moves-all-by-itself” sense (but that’s easily remedied: if you want to automate your arm, you just need to buy a motor kit). Second, with more than 350 pieces, building it is going to take a while. But none of that detracts in any way from the product itself. In fact, that last point is one of its best features, because it allowed me to spend a lot of time with my daughter, working...

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