Author: Armin

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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Guide to Being a Happy Student + Are Teens Really Narcissistic

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.

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Seeing and Doing Science

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...

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Sometimes Dreams Aren’t Sweet at All

Dear Mr. Dad: My six-year-old daughter has nightmares at least a few times every week. We’ve talked to our pediatrician, but he says that nightmares are pretty normal at this age. The doctor may not be concerned, but my wife and I are. How can we help our daughter? Your doctor is right—nightmares are pretty normal, affecting 10-50% of kids six and under. But that doesn’t make it any easier on you when your child wakes up screaming in the middle of the night. Before we talk about how to help your daughter, you need to figure out exactly...

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The Truth about Happiness and the Science behind It

Interview with Deborah Heisz, author of “Live Happy,” about the truth about happiness and the science behind having a positive attitude, building positive connections and relationships, nurturing creativity, mindfulness, resilience, gratitude, giving back, and even spirituality.

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Geek Parenting + Live Happy

Interviews with Stephen Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu, coauthors of “Geek Parenting,” about what mostly fictional pop culture icons can teach us about raising a family; and with Deborah Heisz, author of “Live Happy,” about the truth about–and the science behind having a positive attitude, building positive connections and relationships, nurturing creativity, mindfulness, resilience, gratitude, and more.

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Indoor Fun and Imagination

Summer’s almost here and we’re looking forward to spending plenty of time outside. But as we all know, summer sniffles, rain, or even excessive heat can keep families inside. Here are several great ways to keep busy—and entertained—indoors. Bing-Bang Bounce (SmartLab) Warning: This toy makes learning about physics fun. The object is pretty simple. Set up a Mousetrap-like course where, if everything’s perfect, you use a launcher to fire a ball at a target. If you hit it, it launches a second ball at a new target. If that one hits, the third ball goes flying towards its target,...

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Older Sibling Regression — Come on, Kiddo, Act Your Age

Dear Mr. Dad: My 5-year old son was completely toilet trained, had given up his pacifier, and was chattering away in full sentences. But ever since we brought our infant daughter home from the hospital, he’s regressed. He’s having accidents almost every night, has started sucking his thumb, and is speaking like a two-year old. What’s going on? And what can we do to get our boy to start acting his age again? As annoying as it is, your son’s behavior is actually very common—especially among firstborns. Think about it from his perspective. Until his baby sister showed up,...

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