Author: Armin

Warning Signs of Aggression or Victimization + Queen Bees and Wannabes

Interviews with Laurie Berdahl, coauthor of “Warning Signs,” about how to protect your kids from becoming victims or perpetrators of violence and aggression; and Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd edition,” about helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boys, and the new realities of girl world.

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Dog Days of Sumer Got You Down?

When the weather is see-sawing back and forth between too hot and too stormy, here are some fun toys that work equally well indoors or out. Water Park with Slides (Playmobil) This colorful playset includes two slides that feed into an octopus wave pool. The brightly colored octopus creates ripples in the pool just like the wave pool at your favorite theme park. Male, female, and child figures are included, along with several accessories. Just fill with water, and let the fun begin. For ages 4 and up. $59.99 at your favorite retailer or Fun Carry Cases (Playmobil) Got...

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Back to School: Early Wakeups, a New Backpack, and Lots of Laundry

It’s hard to believe, but in just a few weeks, the kids will be back in school. As the summer winds down, you’re going to be plenty busy. You’ll be gradually transition the kids from the glory days of 11pm bedtimes and sleeping in ‘til 10, to a more normal school schedule, with its 6:30am wakeups. You’ll also be running around all over town with a list of school supplies on your smartphone, trying to find the best deal on pencils, paper, markers, binders, backpacks, and all the rest. And let’s not forget the laundry. Of course, there are...

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Single Parents: Go Slowly when Dating

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a divorced mom and am thinking about dipping my toes back into the dating world. My biggest concern is how my dating life will affect my children (ages 5 and 8), so I want to do this the right way. How long after a divorce should I wait? How long should I wait before letting my kids meet someone I’m going out with? And on the other side, what do you suggest that I tell (or don’t tell) someone I’m dating about my having kids? A: I’m sure that your friends and family are itching...

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DC Adventures with Homewood Suites — the Vlog

Here’s a vlog about my trip to DC with my 13-year old daughter. It was filled with adrenaline rushes, silliness, challenge, embarrassment, learning, and lots of dad-daughter bonding. For more tips, advice, stories, vlogs, and other great content from some terrific travelMANagers on planning and booking travel, visit the travelMANager site. Disclosure: Homewood Suites sponsored our trip, but all opinions in this vlog and the other blog posts I’ve done on our adventure are 100% my own (and by “my own,” I mean they’re actually mind and my...

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More Chocolate, No Cavities + Divorced Mom’s Guide to Dating

Interviews with Roger Lucas, author of “More Chocolate, No Cavities,” about how diet can keep your kid cavity-free.; and Mai Vu ( @HotLifeHotLove ), author of “The Divorced Mom’s Guide to Dating,” about how to be loved, adored, and cherished.

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Infertility and Adoption: Sometimes Bonding is Hard

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I desperately want to be parents. But after years of trying and tens of thousands spent on fertility treatments, our doctor is telling us that we should either consider using donor sperm or eggs or adopt. We’re considering those options, but I’m finding this whole thing rather emasculating and I’m worried about whether I’ll be able to connect with a baby who’s not biologically related to me. Will I? A: Plenty of adoptive dads in your situation feel the same way. They often believe that the process of bonding and forming an attachment...

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Two Kids: Different as Night and Day

Dear Mr. Dad: We have two sons, almost exactly three years apart. The oldest was a dream child in almost every way, but his little brother is pretty much the exact opposite. My husband and I find this surprising, since we tried to do everything with our youngest exactly the same as we did for our oldest. Why are they so different? A: What you’re saying seems perfectly logical, but, unfortunately, there’s very little that’s logical when it comes to kids. The reality is that, just like fingerprints, snowflakes, and zebra stripes, no two children are ever going to...

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