Childproofing your home is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. And the process starts a lot earlier than you might think. From the moment your baby figures out that he’s able to get around by himself, his life’s work is going to be to discover new things in your home and then scare you by trying to get to them before you do. When you’re dealing with kids who are too young to climb, the best way to start childproofing (a process that never ends, by the way) is to get down on...Read More
Are you ready for the Easter Bunny to hop into your house? Fill your little ones’ baskets (and tummies) with these fun, spring items. Shakin Eggs (HABA USA) These eggs are perfect for baskets and never go bad. The kids will love them—not only for their bright colors, but also for the fun sounds they make. Each box contains a set of five colored beech wood eggs (and yes, the paint is safe and non-toxic, since we all know kiddies are going to try to put them into their mouths). Each egg makes a different sound (one jingles, another...Read More
Podcast interviews with with Mike Berland, author of “Become a Fat-Burning Machine,” about how to lose the belly fat, end sugar cravings, and gain energy, and with Mary Reckmeyer, author of “Strengths Based Parenting,” about discovering your parenting strengths and developing your children’s innate talents.
Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are expecting our first child together. I say “together” because my wife is a widow and has a 4-year old daughter who’s lived with us since she was a baby. When I found out my wife was pregnant I was so excited. But we just had an ultrasound and found out that the baby is a girl. All of a sudden, all I feel is disappointment. I know this makes no sense—I should be happy about having a healthy baby, regardless of what the sex is, right? But I was really looking...Read More
It is an inevitable fact of life today – we are all extremely busy! And while putting some things off because of that hectic schedule is okay, your health is NOT one of those things. Putting “me time” on the back burner is a big part of why so many of us feel run-down and overwhelmed. Yet, most of us wouldn’t bat an eye at taking the time for others. If you are not taking care of you, what risks could you be up against? Did you know that 86 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke? And surprisingly, nearly 90% of those with prediabetes don’t even know that they have it. Are you or someone you love possibly at risk? This short Q&A will help you figure out if it is likely. Unfortunately, No one is excused from prediabetes. So do yourself a favor and take the test. It only takes a minute! If you or a loved one ARE at risk, it’s not all bad news. Prediabetes often can be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is key: research shows that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary...Read More
This week, I interview Leonard Sax, author of “The Collapse of Parenting,” about how we hurt our kids when we treat them like grownups. I also interview Andrew Hacker, author of “The Math Myth,” about the false promises and delusions behind STEM education.
Art and childhood just seem to go together, don’t they? But who says adults can’t roll up their sleeves and get creative? This week we take a look at two traditional ways of making art, one less-traditional way to express your creativity, and one way to kick back and marvel as others make art happen right in front of your eyes. Star Wars Crayons (Crayola) If you’ve got any Star Wars fans at home (something that’s required by law in 47 states), and you love to make art (which is required in all 50 states), you’ll love Crayola’s new...Read More
Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I have a two-week-old baby and I’ve noticed that many new parents seem to spend a lot of time talking to their babies. That looks and sounds kind of cute, but I honestly don’t see the point since the kids can’t understand a word of what people are saying. On the few times I do talk to the baby, he ignores me anyway. How important is it to talk to the baby? And if it is important, what should I talk about? I get your frustration. But even though your baby seems to...Read More