Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, several elementary teachers have asked me why so many of today's kids come to school with anxiety issues. That's a good question, one that I think goes to the heart of contemporary American parenting.
Like many people I know, I'm fascinated by the wealthy. Not the simple rich who have a mere two commas on their net worth statements but the uber-wealthy multi-billionaires. Bill Gates. Warren Buffett. The Koch brothers. People with so much money that it boggles the mind to think of how they spend it and where they keep it.
Dear Mr. Dad: My family hasn't had a vacation in years - we haven't been able to afford it. But we really need some time off. We're thinking of doing a driving trip over the two-week winter break. Can you suggest some affordable family-friendly places to visit?
The KC Live “living room” in the Power & Light District was packed Tuesday evening with fans who watched the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants meet in the first game of the 2014 World Series.
In Stamford, Conn., an 11-year-old girl, concerned about a culture of exclusion, invites not just a few close friends, not just her class, but her entire elementary school, to her birthday party. She asks attendees to forego gifts, to instead make a donation to bullying prevention programs. She collects $1,300 from the more than 100 people who attend.
Q: How do I handle a difference in the way my ex and I celebrate holidays now that we have broken up? Although my children's father follows no particular religion, his new wife is a religion that does not celebrate holidays and is really downplaying the upcoming holiday season. We always celebrated and the kids expect it. With Halloween coming up, this is really difficult. What's good Ex-Etiquette?
I'm a speed reader. Have been since I was a teen. My mother worked for the continuing education department of a university, and they were offering a class on speed reading and needed one more person to fill out the class. I became that one person.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Teresa Apgar once envisioned her senior years as a time of globe-trotting travel and a busy social life. Instead, she's chauffeuring an 8-year-old to tae kwon do, learning about attention-deficit disorder and supervising math homework.
I know what I want to be for Halloween. I'm going to go as Perfect Mom. It's the best costume, and the only day of the year I can dress up as somebody I've always wanted to be. Surely Party City carries this costume ...
There are those moms who make everything look easy, like they have it all pulled together. And then there's us, or so we think. We run around frazzled feeling guilty because we didn't get everything done on our To-Do List today. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink after dinner somehow makes us feel less than perfect when it comes to parenting. We may even ask ourselves, "How does SHE do it?" Every woman has unique gifts and talents. The key is to recognize what you do well and not magnify what you perceive others do better than you. Today, I challenge you to celebrate all of the magnificent ways you keep all of the balls in the air that are uniquely you, and remember that we're all busy moms doing the best we can! Check out these tips to free walk away from burnout and guilt once and for all.
Halloween is here and as exciting as it can be, for little children it can be overwhelming and scary. Developmentally, young children are just learning to distinguish between reality and fantasy, so it's very normal for them to be frightened during Halloween. Although all children react in their own unique way, there are similarities to their interpretation based on their dominant sense. Use this to anticipate what will scare them, and how to be prepared to alleviate their fears, quickly and constructively.
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