Author: Armin

FAQ for New Fathers

Test your knowledge on the first year of fatherhood with this engaging, entertaining new book from New York Times bestselling author, Armin Brott. For the dad who made it through the pregnancy and labor, FAQ for New Fathers follows the first 12 months of your baby’s life to assist the reader in nurturing his newborn. The book features topics guys need to know (such as how to support a partner who’s got baby blues) and doesn’t shy away from topics guys want to know (work/life balance, what to do with your baby, and so on), all of which is...

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Even More Distracted Driving

Dear Mr. Dad: A few weeks ago, you had an email from a 13-year old whose mother talks on the phone. You should have told the child to rat her mother out to the cops. The mother is endangering her own life, her daughter’s life, and innocent bystanders’ and drivers’ lives. The 13-year old should send a note to the cops saying that her mother constantly talks and texts while driving, and give them her license plate, description of the car, and where she frequently drives. The mother needs a ticket. A: As a rule, I think kids should talk to their parents before ratting them...

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Summer Bridge Activities + Making Math Fun + Igniting Passion in + Unplugged Play

Interviews with Nicole Green, VP of Communication, from Carson-Dellosa Publishing about preventing summer learning loss; Laura Overdeck, author of “Bedtime Math,” about how to make math fun; Lisa Gillis, coauthor of “Virtual Schooling,” about how to ignite your child’s passion for learning; and Bobbi Conner, author of “Unplugged Play,” about battery-free, plug-free, electricity-free games and activities for kids of all ages.

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A Vacation from Vacations

With all the camps, family trips, excursions, and non-stop activities, after a few weeks, summer vacation can sometimes start to feel like work. Here are some great ways to slow things down and get back to having some good, old-fashioned, low-pressure fun. Math Dice Chase (Think Fun) Think Hot Potato, but with math facts. This game comes with two pairs of 12-sided dice and the goal is to pass your pair to your opponent before he or she does the same to you. The way you get rid of your dice is by rolling them, multiplying the two up-facing...

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Vacationing with Teens

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and have been planning a family vacation which, of course, will include our two teenagers. We’ve tried to get the kids involved, but whenever we try to talk with them about what we’ve planned, we end up fighting. I’m about ready to cancel the whole thing. Can you think of a way we can put together a vacation that everyone will enjoy? A: Unlike little kids, who are pretty hard to disappoint when it comes to travel—teens are notoriously difficult to please. To start with, there’s a really good chance that you and your...

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Commonsense Solutions to American’s Greatest Economic Challenges

Interview with James M. Stone, author of “5 Easy Theses,” about commonsense solutions to American’s greatest economic challenges, including whether Social Security will be solvent when we retire, skyrocketing healthcare costs, income inequality, and others.

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Puzzles, with a Twist

There’s something incredibly engaging and fascinating about Rubik’s Cube and other similar puzzles, which explains why they’re so popular. This week, we had a lot of fun trying to solve five really unique cube-type puzzles (none of which is a Rubik’s). But because kids are often better at these things than adults, we got some assistance—and insights—from Jonathan Amir, a true puzzle-solving master. V-Cube 7 (V-Cube) If solving a traditional 3×3 Rubik’s is a challenge, just looking at this 8×8 cube may make you run screaming from the room. But if you’re an intermediate or advanced cuber, you’ll love...

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College Admissions Strategies + 5 Easy Theses

Interviews with Greg Kaplan, author of “Earning Admission,” about real strategies for getting into highly selective colleges; and James M. Stone, author of “5 Easy Theses,” about commonsense solutions to American’s greatest economic challenges.

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Protect Yourself from Mortgage Relief Scams

If you have ever been a home owner then you will understand when I say that buying your own home is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. Not simply because you know that you are financially stable enough as an adult to purchase a house, a place with four walls and a roof; but because you know and understand that you are about to create a generation full of memories with your family. What others may have overlooked, you saw as a chance to transform those walls into a place that is only yours. Unfortunately, sometimes...

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