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...Read More
Dear Mr. Dad: In one of your columns a few months ago, you responded to a new dad who wasn’t feeling terribly connected to his baby. Your advice was realistic and sensible, except for one thing: toward the end of your answer, you recommended that he tickle his baby. Tickling can sometimes become cruel, especially with toddlers and older children. There are other ways to have fun with a baby and make him or her smile. I have to admit that your email surprised me. I’d never thought for a second that tickling was anything but fun for kids....Read More
Interview with Kat Duff, author of “The Secret Life of Sleep,” about what happens between the time you fall asleep and the time when you wake up; and Valerie Davis Raskin, coauthor of “This Isn’t What I Expected,” about overcoming postpartum depression.
Working on a project together is a great way for families to connect and spend quality time together. This week, we review some of our new favorite building sets. Construction Runner and National Geographic Dinosaurs (Laser Pegs) Laser Pegs kits are compatible with traditional building systems, but they add an element of light (and, in some cases, sound), which makes them unique. The Construction Runner comes with a power base and plenty of pieces to build eight different machines (one at a time), including a front end loader, bulldozer, and a crane. The Dinosaurs kit is a lot bigger,...Read More
Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States? That probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you are hauling your kids to school, the grocery store, or anywhere else around town. And really, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your child is safely snuggled into the right car seat every time you get in the car. Instead, make sure your child is in the right seat from the get-go. Safety seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality...Read More
Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a single dad and am having trouble disciplining my kids. When I was married, my wife and I could put up a united front. But on my own, it’s hard enough to keep up with everything going on in my kids’ (and my) life, and I just don’t have the energy to get into big battles with them. I know that something needs to change, but I don’t know what it is or how to do it. Can you help? Every parent—married or single—has occasional (or frequent) struggles with basic discipline—things like setting and enforcing...Read More
Interviews with Paula Franzese, author of “A Short & Happy Guide to Being a College Student,” about how to be your best self in school, at work, and in life; and Alfie Kohn, author of “The Myth of the Spoiled Child,” about challenging the conventional wisdom about children and parenting.
Scientists work in a variety of ways. One is by designing and conducting experiments, essentially saying, “Hey, I wonder what would happen if we did x, y, or z.” Another is to simply watch, as if to say, “Let’s look closely at all those stars and other bright things in the night sky and try to figure out whether the sun revolves around the earth or vice versa.” This week we honor both approaches: the hands-on science that we do, and the hands-off science that we observe. Ant Farms (Uncle Milton) Uncle Milton has been making ant farms for...Read More