My wife and I had the too-rare opportunity for some two-on-one time with our daughter recently, while her older brother, Otis, spent a couple of days with his cousins. Rosey was a delight. She barely whined, was sweet and engaging, and we enjoyed long, convoluted conversations, most of which I understood. She colored constantly, flipped through her favorite books and regaled us with imaginative tales made up on the spot. She sang songs from her favorite TV show, "Peppa Pig," and recited lines from recent cinematic releases, with "I like watching you sleep," from "Planes: Fire and Rescue," which Rosey says in her "kweepy" voice, an oddly endearing favorite. But the real treat for our Ro Ro seemed to be that all of this fun came without the constant interruptions of her older brother.
Pregnancy is an epic time in a woman's life - especially with a first pregnancy. With all the advice and recommendations from well-meaning friends and family, remember this is your pregnancy and it will be unique to who you are. Don't get caught up in comparing your experience to those of your friends. Though pregnancy can be difficult at times and you may not always be feeling your best, find ways to enjoy this special time and prepare for your sweet baby. Here are a few tips to help you find your groove and enjoy your pregnancy:
Do you think we could possibly let a show biz awards event go by without presenting our own prizes for the best names connected to it? Of course not! Even if that meant digging deep into the most esoteric craft and technical categories.
Family meals are the perfect time to catch up with everyone and wind down after a long day of school, work, or errands. During back to school season, make sure you make time for family meals to keep your whole family focused, connected and on the same page. In fact, frequent family meals provide multiple benefits for kids- like better academic performance- and adults- like better overall nutrition.
Most parents know the tyranny of the school lunch. Moms and dads have every intention of packing Johnny and Janie healthy, varied, nutritionally balanced lunches that will carry them from algebra through after-school sports.
Whether it's tobacco smoke or dust mites, it's never too late to try and remove allergens from the air in a home, and Honeywell's Bluetooth Smart Air Purifier can help do just that. Using Bluetooth technology, the air purifier can be set to automatically clean the air in your home, in a room up to 310 square feet in size.
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.