Okay, every time I hear Donald Trump say something mean or ugly, I have to ask - where is this boy's mother? Has he not been taught the basic rules of respect? Because I have a nine year-old who has better manners.
Summer can be very exciting for all, especially older siblings who relish the new experiences summer camp brings. However, it can be very easy to underestimate the anxiety and loneliness a young child can feel when their older sibling is away. Young children don't have a concrete understanding of time, and their immaturity makes it hard for them to believe their sibling's absence is temporary. Keep them busy, do something special, and use this time to connect with your younger child.
Parents need to know that "Skylanders: Trap Team" is an action/adventure game in which kids control fantastical creatures, each of which has its own real-world toy counterpart. Players fight a variety of non-human enemies as they try to protect Skylands from a group of escaped villains. The shtick this time around is that kids can pull these villains out of the game and "trap" them in plastic crystals, then summon them as playable characters when needed. Like other "Skylanders" games, the cartoon violence is frequent but relatively mild. Characters use weapons including swords, guns, and magic in their attacks, but defeated enemies simply fall to the ground and disappear. Keep in mind that "Skylanders: Trap Team" will tempt kids to buy additional toys to enhance the game experience. Kids can use their existing collection of "Skylanders" toys from previous games to help limit costs, but they'll need to spend at least $125 beyond the price of the starter pack to be able to unlock all of the game's secret areas and special quests.
When temperatures rise, sometimes all desire to spend time in the kitchen flies right out the window. However, good nutrition and balanced eating are important at any temperature, so be sure to start even the hottest days with a healthy breakfast.
Eager to get your kids hooked on a new book series like "The Hunger Games"? Want to discover the next "Divergent"? You're in luck. From the New York Times bestseller "A Court of Thorns and Roses," by Sarah Maas to the awesomely weird "I Crawl Through It," by the enormously popular A.S. King, the blockbusters in the latest crop of young adult books are itching to be uncovered. We've ID'ed the top 10 new and soon-to-be-released titles that are sure to appeal to a young adult reader near you.
Parents need to know that "Pixels" is a sci-fi comedy starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a group of misfit video game lovers who end up fending off an alien attack (in the form of giant classic video game characters). As per usual, Sandler plays an immature man/boy, this time one who never got over losing a video game championship as a kid in the '80s and now gets to redeem himself. There's explosive, destructive action violence - Pac-Man eats his way through New York City, Centipede takes on Navy SEALs, a smurf gets shot with a laser and killed - as well as fighting, weapons, and some fairly raunchy (and sometimes offensive) humor. Sexual innuendo includes talk of a three-way (though nothing is shown), and one character slaps others' butts. There's also a fair bit of social drinking by adults and some aggressive yelling and swearing, including "bitch," "sluts," and "s--tballs." Fans of Sandler, James, and gaming may find this Chris Columbus-directed movie entertaining, but it's not for little kids.
Jennifer Garner, the famous mom-of-three, actress and ambassador for Connecticut-based Save the Children also recently revealed her crafty side by launching a line of do-it-yourself kits for kids with Jo-Ann Fabrics called "We Made It." Children can garden, make costumes and bake treats. The kits also inspire them to paint and sew. (The Fascinators Hairwear is darn cute.)
Cyber-bulling, sexting and other dangers of technology have long made parents and educators worry. But cell phones aren't all bad - they can also be effective tools for helping vulnerable young people connect with others and find support from their peers.
Nestled on a back road of Hobart, Ind., the Broken Wagon Bison farm isn't exactly what you would expect to find in Hobart. Hobart is home to Southlake Mall, and what can be considered the commercial center of Northwest Indiana.