Few columns have inspired the outpouring of feedback like my recent column, "A clean break on messy room problem," in which, upon the advice of psychologist Wendy Mogel, I vowed to plant a (proverbial) white flag of surrender outside my daughter's bedroom.
IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden has worked with Microsoft to promote its Forza 5 game. Now the 23 year-old is helping to raise money for Teen Cancer America by playing the Forza 5 game against fans as part of a Tiltify.com charity fundraiser. The 2011 Indy Lights champion has been playing video games his entire life, so he jumped at the opportunity to play games for a good cause. Newgarden talks about his own video game background in this exclusive interview.
In an era when just about everyone over the age of two has a room full of electronic devices, it can be hard for families to find ways to spend quality time together (meaning everyone is actually looking at everyone else). It's especially tough if the kids are careening toward adolescence. This week we review four really fun games for families with kids eight and up. No batteries, chargers, or Internet connection required.
The story of choice for one wing of the grandkids right now is "Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter. Part of the attraction is the sheer scandal of it all. Every time an adult reads the story, the kids exude wide-eyed disbelief that a bunny disobeyed his mother (gasp!), ventured into Mr. McGregor's garden (gasp!) and safely made it home again (the sweet exhale).
Dear Mr. Dad: School is starting and my 11-year-old daughter is pretty stressed out. She's always excited about the new school year and she'd been talking all summer about how much she was looking forward to school, but all of a sudden, she's saying she doesn't want to go. What can I do to help her?
My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years. My son is 12 and his daughter is 6. His daughter wants my son to do things her way and gets very upset when he doesn't - but he's 12 and really doesn't want to listen to a bossy 6-year-old. My boyfriend complains that my son is causing his daughter to behave badly, and it's causing us huge problems. My son is threatening to go live with his father. I'm at a loss. What's good ex-etiquette?
As the old parenting point of view fell out of fashion beginning in the late 1960s, the vernacular that accompanied it all but completely disappeared. Today's parents don't say to their children the sorts of things parents said to children in the 1950s and before, things like "You're acting too big for your britches again, young man."
With the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and recent shooting of Michael Brown, many of my friends are wondering how they can explain what is happening to their young children. Many of their children have overheard conversations about the incident or worst yet have seen the disturbing images of violence on the television screen.