What exactly is the balance between learning and taking a break? Are there actually fun ways to keep kids focused on education? Is there such a thing as academic burnout? Are people too obsessed with their kids being perfect?
So you're taking a trip with the kids. Whether you're going by car, plane, or some other way, you'll need to keep them safe, occupied, and relatively quiet. Here are some fun, new musts-have travel take-alongs.
Donna Nacarella said her son for years wanted to make a movie, but she never knew how to make it happen. One night while browsing the Internet around 4 a.m. she stumbled across information about the Joey Travolta Film Camp - it was like "divine intervention," she said.
Four-year-old Lucas Dean has to have three things when he goes to the playground: long pants, Mickey Mouse gardening gloves and lots of energy. He needs them to crawl through the rough wood chips to reach the slides, stairs and swings.
Dear Mr. Dad: I came home a little earlier than usual, walked into my bedroom, and saw my 6-year-old son sitting in front of the mirror, wearing one of my short dresses, heels, and applying mascara. He didn't notice me at first because he was so busy talking to himself in the mirror. But as soon as he did, he scooted past me as fast as he could and went straight to his room. I'm worried and would like to talk with him about this, but he's been avoiding me for days. What should I do?
From lemon-scented espresso to jungle juice-style cocktails made with tropical-flavored rum, this list of iced Crossroads Arts District drinks will keep you cool this First Friday — and all summer long.
I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they're having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the problem - they are! All this time (however long that might be), they've been trying to correct the wrong person - the child - getting nowhere and becoming nothing but frustrated in the process. Instead, they need to correct themselves, and it goes without saying that correcting one's self is much, much easier than trying to correct someone else.
Question: I have two siblings - one bonus sister and one half-sister. We are very close - my dad is so close to my bonus sister that he walked her down the aisle at her wedding last month. My dad's new girlfriend is throwing him a surprise party and has only invited me - not my bonus or half-sister. She said it was because my half-sister is away at college and my bonus sister is sober and alcohol will be served at the party. My bonus sister has been sober for over four years and has no trouble being around alcohol, and my half-sister often comes home on the weekends. My sisters and I are furious. We want to like this girlfriend, but she continually does stuff like this. What's good ex-etiquette?
Nearly every day in the last years of his life, Casimir Paugys drove to Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve in suburban River Forest, Ill., sat in his car, read the paper and enjoyed the placid pond and nature center there.
When the 2013 US Popular Baby Names list came out in May, we ran Kelli Brady's, aka The Name Freak, wonderful Playground Analysis blog, with her count of the real top 50 baby names. Brady tallies all spelling variations of the top names in calculating their rank, which puts Aiden et al instead of Noah at No. 1 for boys, for instance, and bumps Jackson (and Jaxen, Jaxon, and Jaxson) up to No 2.
Summer just doesn't seem complete without a trip to the beach; and as with most outings involving small children, they can either be stressful or enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time playing with your little ones at the beach.
Tex-Mex refers to a cuisine that combines American and Mexican food products and ingredients into a unique regional blend. Originating in the southwestern border states, Tex Mex combines ingredients like shredded cheese, meat, beans, spices and tortillas into dishes like fajitas and chili con carne. While most popular in Texas, Tex Mex dishes enjoy widespread popularity throughout the country.
So ... interesting little story recently that has now gone viral. A woman's fed-up husband sent her an Excel spreadsheet, recording every time she shot down his attempts to have intimate relations over the last seven weeks, including her verbatim excuses.
Prince George turns one and happy birthday to the little Royal. His birthday has drawn lots of attention - including the cover of Vanity Fair magazine - and I mostly get that. But not how what the little tyke wears has also become a draw, so much so that the overalls and shoes and rompers he's donned have quickly sold out once the public (or at least a certain segment of) learns what shop or designer sold them.
In last year's Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel's adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!