Author: Armin

Mr. Dad Seal of Approval: Father’s Day 2016 Submissions Now Open

Oakland, CA: May 11, 2016 —, one of the leading dad blogs on the Internet, is now accepting submissions for the Father’s Day 2016 Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. So if you know of a great product or service that encourages dads and their children to spend more time together, the team wants to hear about it! But hurry. As you can imagine, Father’s Day is kind of like our Christmas (although we have Christmas awards too), and we’re already receiving lots of entries. The deadline for submissions is May 27, 2016. We’ll announce the winners the...

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Smoking and Vaping

Dear Mr. Dad: I got a call from my 15-year-old son’s school principal today telling me that my son is being suspended for smoking on campus. Needless to say, my wife and I aren’t very happy about this. My son, who’s a little overweight, says he can quit anytime and that he only started because it will help him lose weight. He also says he’s going to switch to electronic cigarettes, which he claims are not a health problem. Should we be worried? A: You should definitely be worried, for two reasons. First, the phrase, “I can quit anytime”...

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Grounded for Life + The Informed Parent

Interviews with Tim Jones, author of “You’re Grounded for LIfe,” about misguided parenting strategies that sounded good at the time, and Tara Haelle, coauthor of “The Informed Parent,” about the science of parenting in your child’s first four years.

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Gardening with Kids: One to Grow On

Like cooking, gardening is a great family activity. Growing and caring for plants helps kids learn teamwork, builds problem-solving skills, and encourages responsibility and independence. If you’re growing edible plants, gardening also gives kids (and adults) an important glimpse into where their food comes from. It’s also a great way to get kids to spend time outdoors. However, you don’t need acres of land to plant a garden. This week, we explore several ways to have a fulfilling family gardening experience without leaving your home at all. TickleMe Plant (TickleMe Plant Company) One of the best ways to get...

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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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