Dear Mr. Dad: I've got a six-month-old son who doesn't sleep very well. As part of my calming-him-down-in-the-middle-of-the-night routine, I walk around the house rocking him. A few nights ago, I lay down on the couch with him on my chest. He fell asleep and I didn't want to wake him by standing up so I fell asleep, too. Maybe an hour later I was jolted awake by a thump and crying and I realized that my baby had rolled off of me and had landed on the floor. I picked him up right away, and he stopped crying after about 10 minutes. I called our doctor and the advice nurse asked me a bunch of questions and decided that there was no need to come in. That was reassuring and my son is his usual cheerful self. But I still feel like I've failed as a dad for being so careless in the first place. Do you think I've done any permanent damage to my child?
One of the most common of complaints from today's parents is "we've tried everything." They refer, of course, to having tried numerous approaches to various long-standing behavior problems, all with no success. In many cases, the problems in question have worsened, as if they have developed resistance over time to any and all forms of discipline.
My lovely and patient older daughter picked up the dinner check the other night, a giant cause of alarm for her mother and me. We immediately called a doctor, insisted on taking her temperature, checking her pulse. She stuck out her tongue. It was quite a tongue, all right, but healthy and pink as bubble gum.
Q. When I divorced 10 years ago, I kept my married name because we had two children and I wanted to have the same last name as my kids as they grew up. I'm going to remarry next month, and I'd like to continue to use my ex-husband's name, even though my children are now 15 and 17. My fiance has kids of his own and completely understands my decision. So does most of my extended family. It's my 85-year-old grandmother, whom I see about two or three times a year, that's adamantly opposed and has told me in no uncertain terms that she will refer to me by my new married name because that's the way it is supposed to be. What's good ex-etiquette?
One of my greatest temptations is stealing flowers from other people's gardens. I've never done it; well at least if you don't count the time I clipped a branch with red berries from a neighbor's tree for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. The branch was overhanging the sidewalk and could whack people in the face, so I don't consider that a theft as much as I consider it performing a community service. And, yes, I am aware such actions are often the gateway to more serious crimes.
COAL CITY, Ill. - Monday, June 22, dawned with an uneasy feeling for Kent Bugg. It was the day that he and his wife would be taking their 14-year-old daughter for her first of 20 proton radiation treatments for cancer.
Parents need to know that "Batman: Arkham Knight" is the latest game in the Arkham franchise. It's a darker entry than previous games, including more graphic scenes of violence and torture. Combat is still the primary focus of the game, with lots of overwhelming close-up melee fighting. The addition of the Batmobile as a core mechanic also introduces vehicular combat to the game. The dialogue is gritty and criminals make fairly regular use of profanity. Plenty of characters refer to drinking and drug use, and The Penguin in particular is frequently shown smoking a cigar. Criminals occasionally mention innuendo or sexual references, female characters are dressed in suggestive outfits, and the town's red-light district has signs advertising adult entertainment.
Parents need to know that ChoreMonster uses silly (and a bit obnoxious) monsters to motivate and reward kids for doing chores. The mobile app integrates with the website or can be used alone. Parents will need to invest some thought and time into setting up accounts for themselves and each child, and then set up chores and rewards. When kids log on, they'll see how many chores they have to complete that day and then check them off with a thumbs-up once they've completed them. Parents then receive an email or push notification to approve the chore. Parents and multiple kids can work from the same device. In addition to working toward goals they set, kids are also rewarded for each chore they complete with a spin at the Monster Carnival. They can win a monster to add to their virtual collection or laugh at their silly consolation prize (like a rotten potato or bag of hammers).
"Summertime and the livin' is easy. Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high..." goes the famous song from the Gershwin musical "Porgy and Bess." This week's recipe selection is designed to keep the living as easy and healthy as possible with low and no-cook recipes perfect for summer.
The wonderful thing about summer is being able to enjoy the great outdoors, whether simply going to the park, the beach or a friend's cookout. Summer can also be a time of accidents, but by being aware of your child's dominant sense you can be a little more prepared and aware of possible trouble spots.
The first time one of my kids said "I'm bored" this summer, I thought how funny it would be if I said that. If I woke up one morning, wandered into the den, plopped down on the sofa and announced to the kids, "I'm so bored, there's nothing to do." How good that would feel. And how shocked everyone would be.
When Amey McAllister opened the package containing her superhero cape in the mail for her son Bryce, who just turned 3 and has bravely battled nearly a dozen surgeries related to his cleft lip and palate, she cried.
In the fall of 2007, I found myself sitting in my obstetrician's office, numb. I was twenty-three weeks pregnant with my first child, and my obstetrician had just told me to consider terminating my pregnancy.
Parents need to know that "Ice Cream Summer," by three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis, celebrates ice cream and summer as well as imagination, learning... and grandpas! This lively picture book shows how following your interests can be a fun way to practice during the summer what you learned during the school year. The cleverly intricate, lively watercolor illustrations are imaginative, and together with simple text they tell a story with an educational twist. This may not be the book for those avoiding sugar and ice cream, but it definitely will appeal to readers who enjoy an occasional scoop or two!
Moms in need of a simple solution to cut the grass may want to try out the Mow Joe 12-amp electric lawn mower made by Snow Joe. The lawn mower can be shipped to your house and easily put together in a few quick steps.
Settling in for hours in the air? Help mix things up for your kids by offering as many types of activities as cramped seating allows. When books and I Spy run dry, these apps cover a wide variety of interests and ages to keep everyone happy and occupied. Play virtual board games, such as Monopoly and Scrabble, or create books with WriteReader Pro. In the mood to play alone? Have kids try The Robot Factory by Tinybop or Thinkrolls 2 to keep them interested - and thinking. Whether you're playing as a family or your kid's playing solo, you're bound to find something for everyone from one airport to the next.
When President Barack Obama sang "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney's memorial, I got goosebumps. Sure, Bill Clinton played the saxophone on "The Arsenio Hall Show," but this was different. There's something so vulnerable about singing, particularly a cappella. Obama's song felt brave and raw and was such a moving tribute to the victims of the Charleston shooting that people were instantly on their feet, obviously surprised and enlivened by the sound of his baritone.
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