If you wander the congested byways of the information mall, as I often do, you may have noticed the spate of prisoners who have been exonerated in the past few weeks, often after having served decades for a crime they did not commit. They walk out of jails looking lost but nonetheless managing a grin for the news cameras.
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a new dad, and I sometimes get incredibly angry when my son cries. Of course, I haven't acted on my anger, but I'm feeling really guilty that I get so mad in the first place. I've always been a pretty patient guy, but I don't think I've ever had such intense feelings before. Am I a bad parent?
Light a candle or glisten a glass for Dick Spicuzza. Dick died the other day. He was our neighbor growing up, the busybody banker next door who found no greater glee than in puttering around the yard all weekend. Unclear exactly all that Dick accomplished in the yard, except that he did it with alacrity and a sort of French joy.
Q. My ex and I live an hour away from each other. We've been broken-up for two months, and we are attempting to share our three-year-old daughter. My ex doesn't want my new boyfriend at the exchanges - we actually started seeing each other before I moved out - but my boyfriend is the only one with a driver's license. I don't know how to pick up our daughter without my boyfriend's help. What's good ex-etiquette?
Q: Our son is going to be 13 next year, and we're trying to be proactive about the coming storm. He's been a good kid and relatively easy to raise to this point, but we've heard the horror stories and dread what may be around the corner. Do you have any tips?
You know what I noticed the other week? While we were away on spring break, I realized that I say the exact same things on vacation that I do at home. I thought vacation was about ditching routine and structure - you know, mixing it up. But the day is exactly the same - with a few minor changes ...
Adopting a child is supposed to be a joyous event, but for some mothers it is far from a Hallmark moment. The adoptive moms feel powerless, worthless and hopeless, they can't sleep or eat, or they sleep or eat too much and they withdraw from the world. They are suffering from Post-Adoption Depression Syndrome (PADS), which results when the idealized expectations of motherhood fall short of the reality. It differs from postpartum depression caused partially by the changes in a woman's body after childbirth.
I don't know about you, but I find going to the doctor more annoying each year. I don't know if this is because I'm getting crabbier in general or that it's actually becoming more irritating. And now my 16-year-old daughter, Curly Girl, is experiencing it, too.
As the winter ends and spring arrives, we open our windows and doors to allow the fresh air to enliven our homes. This is also the time when many of us decide to organize and clean our homes. Take the opportunity spring cleaning allows spending time getting to know your child's interests, both new and old, as well as how they function on a sensory level. Often it is through doing tasks together that we get to know each other better and organizing and cleaning with your child will help you to see their dominate sense at work.
BALTIMORE - Fifth-grader Aiden Coldsmith has memorized the streets around his family's home in the Waverly neighborhood. He knows every mud puddle, the homes of dogs both friendly and fierce, a park where a group of middle school girls hang out. The 11-year-old walks alone the few blocks to an art program or hardware store with "really good candy."
I was asked by a magazine interviewer recently why I thought some vintage names come back and others don't. Why Cora and Flora and not Dora? Why Edward and not Edwin? All of which got me thinking about the influences that do propel names out of the attic and into the spotlight.
Turning to celebs to look forrole models is a tricky business, especially when it comes to admiring their appearance. For many actresses, athletes, and artists, keeping their bodies slim or muscular is part of their job. Plus they have personal trainers, private chefs, stylists, and makeup artists to keep them looking camera-readywhenever they're in the public eye.
Parents need to know that nature documentary"Monkey Kingdom"is family-friendly overall but does have a few scenes that could frighten preschool-aged viewers. While Maya, the monkey who's presented as the main character of the story, and her baby remain safe, other members of her clan of macaques do die - one to an alligator and one to a warring monkey clan. There are also tense moments when it seems like Maya's baby will be hurt, and Maya herself is beaten by more prominent monkeys. On the lighter side, there are strong positive messages about motherhood and sacrifice, and - thanks in part toTina Fey's narration-humor and laughs for the whole family. And on an educational note, everyone will learn a good deal about Sri Lankan macaques.
I remember the fear I had as a 10-year-old so vividly. How am I going to manage a family while simultaneously running the world? I grew up in a world where a glass ceiling was something you could tap dance on after you found the ladder sitting right next to it. I knew I could be whatever I wanted to be, but was petrified that the pressures of motherhood and worker bee would force me to lean back one way or the other.
When did being a parent become such a drag? In the "Mad Men" days, kids made Manhattans for their parents. Now I'm pouring orange juice into a champagne glass for my daughter so she can join in our mimosa brunch. Obviously, the tables have turned, but when and why?
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