There's nothing that says "play" better than a construction kit - and nothing that says "great way to spend time with your kids" either. So it's no surprise that so many different manufacturers making so many different kits out of so many different materials. This week we take a look at one kit that's traditional - in a very innovative way, and two that actually have an agenda.
It's a little after 11 p.m. on a cold winter night, at a quiet-but-not-for-long Quicken Loans Arena, about an hour after the Cavaliers wrapped up a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Q: I broke up with my ex about three years ago. He wouldn't stop cheating and I just got tired of it. I've definitely moved on and I plan to marry within the year. Over the last few months my ex has started texting me provocative things, tells me how much he misses me, and tries to set up coffee dates with the excuse of discussing the kids. I try to play it down, but it seems to be getting worse. I'm afraid if I shut him down it will interfere with our coparenting. (We have three children.) Should I tell my fiance? What's good ex-etiquette?
Lexi and Nick Schneider, 8-year-old twins, are used to doing chores around their Grand Forks, N.D., home - they've been doing them for half of their lives.
Dear Mr. Dad: My 15-year-old daughter has been suspended from school several times for smoking marijuana on campus. She also regularly comes home from parties smelling like pot. My wife and I smoked when we were in college (we don't anymore), but we've told our daughter that she shouldn't. She just calls us hypocrites and says that smoking weed isn't that big of a deal. We're worried about her. What can we do?
With graduation just around the corner, Becki DeGeest, of Moorhead, Minn., might not know what is in store for her future as she endlessly applies for various jobs in cities around the world. But, she knows one thing that's not in her future: children.
Q: I've been using the method described in your toilet-training book with my 18-month-old daughter and she's been doing great during the day. She rarely has an accident. However, I'm still using a diaper at nap-time and during the night (waiting for some consistency in dryness before taking that away). Is that correct? The only problem is she's figured out the routine and now only poops in her diaper when I put her down to sleep. She has not gone poop on the potty during the day for several weeks. Is that cause for concern? Should I take away the diapers totally? I don't want to create a bad habit. Thanks!
Their 3-year-old sobs when the sitter arrives to give the parents a night out. Should they give up on date nights?
My buddy Lichtman brags about these dates he has with his adult kids about once a month. They keep in touch by seeing each other for brunch or a movie. I like the idea. It's a way of keeping up with our very busy sons and daughters. As the adage goes: Keep your enemies close and your children closer.
There was a time when I loved to talk on the phone. That time is long past, but I remember it.
My friend has one of those closets most women aspire to, and I'm not referring just to its spaciousness. Her closet is of interest to me because of its contents, because of the way she has so carefully arranged her belongings in segregated sections and clearly marked boxes. It's an organizer's dream, with sturdy shelving and plenty of space to hang items.
Shopping for a piano can be incredibly overwhelming because the range of prices for a new one can be anywhere from $2,500 all the way up to $2 million. Add in used pianos, and the price range expands.
When someone asks you to go boxing, it's not the sort of invitation you accept without asking questions. I had two: "Are you going to hit me in the face?" and "Will there be blood?"
More than calories, fat, cost or convenience, taste is the most important factor when it comes to our food choices. In honor of National Nutrition Month sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this week we've selected recipes with ingredients from all five food groups that will help you and your family live this year's theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." No plain, broiled chicken breasts here. We've got recipes bursting with flavor that are healthy, too.
Ring. Ring. My home phone is jangling. The one that no one ever answers because we all have cellphones.
CHICAGO - "Ironic that your whole column is you being a harpy scold."
The Kardashians are adding another 'K' to their empire: kids.
Don't you wish your child came with a manual? Parenting is an ever-evolving game of trial and error. Adjusting your parenting style to work with your child's bent is essential for positive parenting practices. That's why I developed five positive parenting changes that allow me to focus on my relationship with my son vs. on all the other stuff that can often seem oh so important. Join me and commit to making a few positive adjustments to your parenting strategy like embracing the chaos and living in the moment.
What would you do if your own relatives teased your child or talked with others about his or her "bad behavior"?
Ladies ... Yoga pants are not pants! They're just not. Much like tie-dye has nothing to do with neckties, and gumshoes have nothing to do with shoes (or gum), yoga pants have nothing to do with pants, slacks or trousers and shouldn't be worn as such.