Dear Mr. Dad: Every day there's a story in the news about violence - whether it's a terrorist, a mass shooter, or some other nut job. I feel bad for the victims of this violence, but I'm also feeling extremely helpless. I'm thinking about signing all of us up for some kind of martial arts lessons but I don't want to teach my kids to be violent. I read in one of your columns that you have a background in martial arts. Do you recommend a particular style?
The only coloring books I had as a kid were of Cinderella. When I heard that six of the 20 top-selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books, I thought they were updates of Cinderella these many years later.
Q: My husband has an eight-year-old son from a one night stand that happened years before we met. Because the parents were never together - no marriage, no divorce, no relationship at all, does that change the need to follow the rules of good ex-etiquette? While I understand co-parenting philosophically and we are cordial at the child's sporting events, I don't think "the rules" necessarily apply to us. Are there any exceptions for this scenario?
MIAMI - As 3-year-old Vincent Zou's parents were preparing a Chinese hot pot dish in their Miramar, Fla., home, his father put a pot of boiling water on the kitchen island. Little Vincent was playing nearby and accidentally tipped the pot, bringing hot water cascading onto his chin, neck and chest.
Parents need to know that Exploding Kittens is an app based on the popular card game. Despite the name, it's not an especially violent title and does not feature any sexual references or foul language; it's important to note that the goal of the game involves trying to get someone else to get the exploding kitten card, so younger players who aren't as ready for this kind of competition may have hard feelings when people deliberately take their cards, etc.
February is American Heart Month! Take care of those you love by planning and preparing balanced meals that follow the DASH eating pattern. Proven to reduce high blood pressure without medication, a DASH eating pattern emphasizes a variety of low-fat dairy foods, vegetables and fruits, with reduced sodium and saturated fats. The great news is this eating pattern is rich in flavor for happy stomachs as well as healthy hearts. For more about DASH, visit http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Healthy-Living/Heart-Health.aspx
Your little love bugs will dig matching up their favorite party favors with our printable templates! In just an hour or two, they'll have sweet, customized cards for every kid in the class! Find templates for all of these valentines at familyfunmag.com/printables. We found all the party favors featured here at ustoy.com and partycity.com.
Valentine's Day is often regarded as just being for those that are newly coupled but it can be a great excuse to celebrate with all your loved ones, including your children. Instead of it being a day of miscommunicated words or dinners resulting in unmet expectation, Valentine's Day can be a special and unique day that allows the whole family to show they love and appreciation those special people in our lives. By understanding each others dominant sense you can find the perfect way to communicate your feelings in a thoughtful and successful way thereby strengthening the bond you have together.
I was raised by Dutch immigrant parents who survived harrowing WWII experiences. They helped weave a healthy work ethic and the need to persevere through obstacles into the fabric of my upbringing. In the years that followed, I was further tested; some of the biggest challenges came in the form of cancer followed by a job elimination in my late thirties.
Parents need to know that "The Witness" is a downloadable first-person exploration game set on an island full of hundreds of maze puzzles. There's no violence, sexuality, language, or mature themes of any kind, though a few lines of text reference alcohol in terms of metaphor. Themes within the largely abstract narrative include perspective - in both the physical and figurative senses - and perception, challenging players to consider how they think, how they learn, and how they know what they know. These themes encourage players to be both analytical and critical of the world around them. Parents should also note that this is an extremely difficult game with no instructions, and that it could prove frustrating to less patient temperaments. Players are intended to work out everything, from the first puzzle to the last, on their own without a single hint or even a word of explanation.