When I was younger it was tradition to have Christmas Eve at my grandma’s house. A few years ago Grandma moved to Texas to live with my uncle who had agreed to help take care of her. The longstanding Christmas Eve tradition was gone. The family hasn’t gotten together in over six years. This year my grandma was diagnosed with cancer.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will each spend an average of $53.68 for Christmas decorations this year. As the owner of five small and one large Christmas tree, that seems kind of a low-ball estimate.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
In South Korea high school is supposed to be a focused, high-stakes, demanding time. Every student starts studying at 7a.m. and does not stop unit they fall asleep. This is to ensure getting the best possible score on the country's Scholastic Aptitude Test and obtaining a spot in one of the few universities that are considered "worthy." I did not do any of this. For me, high school was an escape from my home life and I was near failing my classes because of my lack of effort. In the end I was lucky enough to get accepted to a decent school, but capitalizing on this would be the most difficult experience of my life.
We often idolize celebrities for their talent, but many of Hollywood's biggest names are using their fame to promote social movements. Whether they're backing feminism or pushing for environmental awareness, socially conscious celebs are starting their own trend. Here's the story behind five stars who are fighting for good causes.
The movie begins as most bad comedy-horror parodies do, with a scenario of children playing that leads to a predictable and poorly done jump-scare. However, the biggest problem with "Ouija" is that it never leaves that scenario. Instead, the audience is left to suffer 90 minutes of a grueling, frustrating cliche, one that's as bad as it is forgettable.
With his list of legal problems continuing to pile up and his deal with Interscope Records a thing of the past, Chief Keef makes a major change for his new album "Nobody," livening up his delivery, deepening his material and taking ownership of his beats so they don't all blend into one.
In the 1982 big-screen version of the 1977 Broadway musical "Annie," the titular orphaned redhead was an annoying little sprite. I get that she's meant to be a beacon of Depression-era optimism, but at what point does a likable child become an artificially peppy, unconvincing robot? Annie still needs to demonstrate identifiable human behavior, not act like Small Wonder set to mega-cheerful.
Those last few days of holiday shopping can be incredibly stressful. Not to worry: we're here to help. These items are widely available, won't break the bank, and are pretty much guaranteed to make your kids light up like a Christmas tree or Menorah. And don't forget to check out the latest winners of the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval at http://mrdad.com/seal .
Sometimes the best way to enjoy your relatives at the holidays is a little friendly competition. Or maybe sometimes the best way to keep your family from arguing about politics and ideology is to quiet them with a little family bonding. If they are playing a game, they can't talk, right? Board games are a great way to bring the family together. Put down the solo iPads or even the family Call of Duty video games, and pick up one of these new games we tested for you.
Q: I've been trying for two months with little to no success to get your "ticket" system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do something and blatantly refusing to do what I tell her to do. She has three tickets a day. When she loses one, she has to sit in a chair for 15 minutes, and if she loses all three before the day is done, she spends the rest of it in her room. One problem is that she waits until the end of the day to lose all of her tickets, meaning that she really doesn't spend any "punishment" time in her room because it's time for bed anyway. But the biggest problem is that losing a ticket and sitting in time-out doesn't seem to faze her at all. Any ideas?
Dear Mr. Dad: I have boy/girl twins who are 11. Their pediatrician suggested that my daughter get a vaccine for HPV, but he didn't offer it to my son. I've got three questions. First, why didn't he suggest the vaccine for my son? Second, why are they offering a vaccine against sexually transmitted diseases to 11-year-olds anyway - isn't that too early? Third, it seems to me that vaccinating kids against STDs will only make them more likely to have sex and less careful than they ordinarily would be. Am I right?