Dear Mr. Dad: We’re a few months away from becoming parents for the first time and we’ve been sanitizing our house to prepare it for our baby. We’ve got antibacterial soaps all over the place—no one’s going to touch our baby with dirty hands! We’re planning to give away our dog—we’ve had him for a long time and he’s very sweet, but we’re afraid that our new baby will develop allergies. What else should we be doing to clean up? A: Nothing. In fact, you’re already doing too much. The steps you’re taking to keep your baby clean and...Read More
Interview with Lauren Sandler, author of “One and Only,” about the benefits to children, relationships, and society of having–and being–an only child.
Few things can disrupt family dynamics like a move. You have to uproot everything, leave the home you’ve grown accustomed to, and let’s not forget about the expense. One of the first things the movers at North American Van Lines tell budget-conscious clients to do is get rid of anything and everything they no longer use or want. The logic is simple: the less stuff you have, the fewer boxes you’ll have to pack and move. Most of their clients are moving out of state, or even out of the country, but that advice holds true for anyone that’s...Read More
Interviews with Eric Jensen, coauthor of “Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain,” about how to help underperforming students become lifelong learners; and Lauren Sandler, author of “One and Only,” about the freedom of having an only child—and the joy of being one.
It would be hard to find anyone these days who doesn’t know about STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—which are the skills our children need to learn if they’re going to become the leaders of tomorrow. But many people (including everyone here at Parents@Play) believe that the arts, in all its many variations, are also critical skills. Hence STEAM, which adds an A to the mix. If you’ve been searching for some great art-related activities to do with your family, look no further—we’ve got you covered. Fab Foil Nail Roller (Alex) Who would have thought that there’d be so many...Read More
Dear Mr. Dad: My 13-year-old son is a complete screen addict. He’s on his phone or a game console or a computer all the time. You’ve written a lot about how to get kids to unplug, and I know that as the parent, I can shut off his phone or remove the devices from the house. But things are complicated because he really does need to use the phone and computer to do his school work. What I really want to know is why he should unplug. People talk about how bad screen time is for kids, but I...Read More
Are you a homeowner and behind on your mortgage payments or at risk of foreclosure? If so, you’re not alone—one in 17 homeowners in the U.S are in the same situation. Fortunately, there is hope: The federal Making Home Affordable (MHA) program has already helped more than 1.8 million families reduce their mortgage payments by an average of nearly $500 per month. You may be able to get assistance too, but you’ll have to get your application in by Friday, December 30, 2016. If you’re struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, start by watching the video below. Then,...Read More
Before you have kids, it’s hard to anticipate the sheer number of products that will start filling your house not long after your first child arrives. Some, like car seats, playpens, baby gates, and parenting books for new dads, make a lot of sense. Others seem frivolous. And then there are the unknown unknowns—things you might never have thought about but that are worth considering. Protection for Your Smartphone Whether you allow your toddler to have some screen time on your phone or tablet, one of these days, you’ll leave your smartphone somewhere within his or her reach....Read More
Interviews with Gary Mayerson, author of “How To Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child, about combatting bullying and how to get effective services for children with autism or developmental disabilities; and journalist Caitlin Flanagan, about how helicopter parents cause binge drinking among college students.