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Author: Armin

Becoming a Hybrid Tiger + The Dolphin Way

Interviews with Quanyu Huang, author of “The Hybrid Tiger,” about the secrets of the extraordinary success of Asian-American kids; and Shimi Kang, author of “The Dolphin Way,” about raising healthy, happy, motivated kids without turning into a tiger.

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#Netflix Sibling Rivalry? Ha! What about Parent-Child Rivalry?

Why is it that the word “rivalry” is almost always paired with the word “sibling”? That two-word phrase is tossed around so often and in so many contexts that one might reasonably think that siblings never get along. Of course they do, and when it happens, it’s a beautiful thing. Nothing can make us feel better about the wonderful job we’re doing raising our kids, than to see two or more of them cuddled up on the couch together, playing, comforting each other, or doing pretty much anything else that doesn’t leave at least one child crying, bruised, or...

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Fun Ways Your Teenagers Can Learn about History

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...

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Sometimes Tickling Is Anything But Funny

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....

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The Secret Life of Sleep + It’s More Than Baby Blues

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.

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Building Strong Families

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,...

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Child Seat Safety Info You Really Need to Know

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...

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Discipline is Exhausting—Especially for Single Parents

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...

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