How to Talk to Kids about Tough World Events

Over the last decade we've had to face far too many of tough world events from terrorism to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina or the tsunami in Japan. It's always the same pattern:  in the blink of an eye, we are transported from our relatively happy lives to an uncertain fog as we grapple with whatever event had just occurred. Today, just 17 miles from my home town, in Boston, … [Read more...]

Note to Parents: Not all venues are “all ages”. Get a Sitter!

I'm all for a good family day with parents and kids together but I've noticed a disturbing trend lately of parents taking kids to events that are clearly "adult".   I can't help but wonder if today's modern parent's need to share has blurred too many parents minds to common sense. Let me give you two examples. On our cruise to Bermuda last summer, there was an "adult only" show by Second City. … [Read more...]

Are We Robbing Our Kids (of their childhoods)?

Have you noticed that one school year barely ends before we are asked to commit to next year’s activities? The snow has barely melted here in New England with our first few warm days of Spring and already we're planning for the summer and early stages of school year 2011-2012. Mind boggling! Coordinating one child’s activities is often overwhelming with activities occurring late in the day and … [Read more...]

Setting A Good Example For Our Kids

How do you deal with medical “stuff” - tests, news, appointments? Some of us are laid back while others get anxious and uptight. For many, it depends on the circumstance. One thing we can count on, though, our kids will mirror their responses to “medical stuff” after us...a point I don’t think we consider enough, as recent celebrity headlines well illustrate. Take the situation of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s … [Read more...]

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