January 19, 2018

Worst TV Dads

Worst TV Dads

This Father’s Day happened to coincide with the season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And while George R. R. Martin introduces us to any number of poor paternal role models, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the worst TV dads. From murderers and terrorists to dads that will just plain… Read more

Things to stop doing to yourself

things to stop doing

This list of  30 things to stop doing to yourself from lifebuzz.com may be targeted to adults, but I think they equally apply to kids finding their way in the world too. #1. Stop spending time with the wrong people.– Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of… Read more

Age-Appropriate Chores Preschoolers Can Do

chores preschoolers

Giving your child chores from a young age helps her learn responsibility and avoid a false sense of entitlement, all while allowing her to be an active part of the household. Even toddlers can get in on the action, establishing a routine of helping out around the house with a list of responsibilities that can… Read more

Best to the Worst Kids’ Films of 2012


By Julie Samrick It’s hard to compare the kids’ films of 2012 that are aimed toward older kids to ones that are for the under 7 crowd.  Still, in 2012 there were a few movies that had such strong stories they’re sure to be remembered as classics suited for the whole family.  Only G, PG… Read more

When Should A Child Stay Home From School?

Bed, child, sick, rests

This dilemma recently happened with me as well- I thought as soon as my 6-year-old daughter ate something she’d feel better. Then an hour after school started I got the call she’d thrown up.  Melissa Arca writes just about this issue in her latest post at Confessions of a Dr. Mom.

Best American Cities for Families


Parenting magazine has done their research and they’ve compiled their annual list of the best places for American families to live.  Where does your city rank?  Read more

Hugo and Other Brilliant Screen Adaptations of Books


The film Hugo (based on Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret) leads all Academy Award nominated films with 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Of the 9 nominees for Best Picture, 6 are based on books: Hugo, War Horse,  The Descendants, The Help, Moneyball, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Keep reading for Scholastic’s list of what… Read more

The 10 Most Employable College Majors


College students aiming to earn a degree in any of these 10 majors would have a virtually 0% unemployment rate in the work force today.  School student counseling?  Who knew.  Read the full list

The Truth Behind Banned Books Week

hunger games

Since 1982 the last week of September is Banned Book Week.  Read the list of most challenged books of 2010. Columnist Jonah Goldberg recently explained why he believes the tradition is just hype and why the word “banned” itself is a tool of propaganda. He rallies behind concerned parents and other citizens who he argues are just… Read more

The Top 10 Things Children Really Want From You


What do you think matters most to your children? You driving them to lessons and practices, or is it the smile and hug you greet them with after school? If you guessed the latter, you are correct. Twelve years of teaching and giving the same assignment every Mother’s Day has led me to the exact… Read more