Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a single dad and have been going out with a wonderful woman for quite a while. She sometimes spends the night, but last time, my 8-year-old daughter walked in on us while we were making love. I don't think she was there very long, but she was crying and seemed frightened by the whole thing, and my girlfriend didn't take it too well either. What should I do? Did I just scar my daughter for life?
Six months ago I married a man who shares equal custody of his two children with their mother. I am happy to say I get along well with the kids, and they love me to go to their recitals, Open House and Parent Teacher conferences. I have read your column for years, so their dad and I are always careful to tell their mother in advance when I will be attending. She still gets very angry and has told us on many occasions that she does not think it appropriate that I attend. Do we go at her pace or at the kids' pace? What's good ex-etiquette?
So, I'm stuck in Saturday traffic, just trying to keep it together. One of the measures in "quality of life" surveys ought to be how much time you spend with your foot on the brake pedal versus the gas. Because right now I'm about to stomp the brake pedal through the floor of the family minivan.
I've asked the men in several recent audiences to raise hands if they believe moms stress out concerning their children at least five times more than dads. All the men's hands went up to general laughter.
As the snow is finally beginning to melt and spring comes to life we know that Easter will soon be here. Whether your family dyes eggs, makes centerpieces, or goes on Easter egg hunts, the warmer weather and the ability enjoy the sun, makes Easter particularly festive. Of course we must not forget the meaning behind it, but no matter what your belief, Easter is a time to celebrate life, family and all our good fortunes. Here are some tips to make Easter an extra special memory for your child by enjoying the many activities you can do with them.
Sometimes the world just spins too fast for me. A major story can literally come and go before I even have a chance to process it. And this time that story was Starbucks and its botched "Race Together" campaign.
There are several girls' names - Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Katherine - that have spawned copious numbers of female variations and nicknames, as have boys like John and William, but there is one name whose progeny has embraced both genders, and that name is Alexander.
After taking off nearly three years to have children, I knew it was my time to lean in. My journey to motherhood was not straightforward. Like so many women who are driven to achieve a measure of purpose through their professional success, I felt really stressed. So much so, that my body was no longer performing. I needed to step away, because no doctor could explain why my children were not coming.
Parents need to know that"A Girl Like Her"is a fictionalized documentary-style film about two teen girls: a highschool sophomore who attempts suicide and the other 16-year-old who's revealed to be her bully. Unlike the actualdocumentary"Bully," which followedseveral students across the country dealing with bullying, this movie looks at things from thebully's perspective - after the victim is in the hospital. There's somestrong language (most uses of words like "bitch" and"f-k" are bleeped, but "ass," "whore," "slut," "stupid," "douche," etc. aren't) and disturbing scenes of the attempted suicide, the bullying that led to it, and the hospitalized teen. The movie is uncomfortable and upsetting to watch at times, especially during the recorded footage of the constant insults, threats, and ridiculing that convinced the victim that her life wasn't worth living. But"A Girl Like Her"also provides a much-needed way to engage tweens and teens inthinking and talking aboutthe subject of bullying (from either side) and how to stand up to it - or at least inform someone about what's going on.
Stephanie O'Dea had the same dream that a lot of mothers who want to stay home with their children do: work from home, feeding her children lunches and greeting the school bus, while earning enough money to keep the household running smoothly.
Meredith Long's twin daughters were 11 years old when they started to use Snapchat, then moved on to Kik Messenger and ooVoo. When they turned 12 and got their first cellphones in December, they expanded to Instagram.
Your pajama-clad guests will not have gotten the memo about sleeping because, yes, "slumber party" is an oxymoron. That's why we've gathered the dreamiest collection of fun and games, snacks and crafts to help you through the waking hours and make it a night to remember (in a good way).
Accidental poisoning deaths have been rising since 1992. Here's a top tip: Program this number for fast, free and expert help or information 24/7 for emergencies or questions about poison at 1-800-222-1222. This is the same number in all states. The statistics are startling: An estimated 60,000 children (18 years old and younger) are seen in emergency departments each year because of poisonings from medications (excluding recreational drug use). More than 80 percent of visits are because an unsupervised child found and consumed medications. In children, emergency room visits for medication poisoning, not to include misuse or abuse, are twice the number of poisoning from other household products like cleaning solutions, etc. In 2009, 41,592 poisoning deaths in the U.S. were accidental. Nationally, poison control centers receive a total of about 2.5 million calls a year. The California Poison Control System has released a variety of preventative and life saving services:
Parents need to know that"Home"is based onAdam Rex's children's book"The True Meaning ofSmekday." This skillfully animated movie creates a believable world in which aliens known as TheBoov, running from their enemies, must find a new planet to inhabit ... so theytake over Earth. Human families get broken up in the forced relocationsthat follow, andTip (voiced byRihanna) is separated from her mother - which could be upsetting for small children. She teams up with Oh (Jim Parsons), the most human-friendly of TheBoov, and an adventure ensues. The invaders and theirlarge ships could be a little scary, and at one point it looks as though a main character dies (though that's not the case). There's also a little bit of rude humor, but not much in the way of strong language, inappropriately sexy stuff, or substance use.
The arrival of spring means warmer temperatures (at least in theory), budding trees and the desire to get outside and emerge from the winter slumber. To help keep your family energized and in the spring spirit, we've compiled some of our favorite meals that use fresh spring ingredients that don't require a lot of prep or cooking time.
Parents need to know that"Mario Party 10"is a very social party game with mild cartoon violence. Characters can fall into lava, get blown backwards by bombs, bumped by slow moving bullets, and hit by hammers. They're never seriously injured, and always ready to keep going the next turn. The action is geared for groups of two to five players - as many as eight in a bonus tournament mode - and creates a positive social atmosphere that promotes communication, competition, and cooperation. One of the three primary game modes relies on physical Amiibo toy characters, which must be purchased separately.
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