Candy is junk food. It’s bad for kids, right? It can make them fat and cause cavities. But on Halloween, can’t we please ease up on our candy-is-evil paranoia? Some dentists, including my son’s, offer to buy back Halloween candy to keep it away from kids. Really? Yes.
Thanks a lot, Lance Armstrong. You’ve made our job as parents even tougher. Only a week ago, many of us still considered you a hero – a gritty competitor from the United States who had won an unprecedented seven consecutive Tour de France bicycle races. To add to your legend, you’d accomplished the […]
Now that’s a controversial topic. This summer, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its ban on openly gay members. Since then, several organizations have pulled their funding of the Boy Scouts, according to this story in the Dallas Morning News. For instance, computer chip maker Intel announced it would no longer fund any […]
The Boy Scouts of America did the right thing — finally. Reversing a longstanding policy, the organization said it would conduct a thorough review of its secret files involving pedophiles. It announced the change in an open letter to its supporters. “There have been instances where people misused their positions in Scouting to […]
With school starting this month, I recently bought my 12-year-old son clothes for the entire year. The process took about five minutes. I grabbed five navy polo shirts and five pair of khakis at a department store. Done. My son, Connor, didn’t even need to accompany me. Simplicity is just one reason school uniforms […]
Some people have an extreme reaction when I tell them I do online dating. “What!” they say. “Are you crazy? Don’t you meet some psychos? I’d be afraid to meet people online.” I don’t understand this fear, yet I know it’s prevalent. Honestly, how else are you supposed to meet large numbers of eligible singles other […]
Kids are going to hate me for saying that. I know. My 12-year-old son is steamed at me now for making him attend summer school – yet again. But, if you’re a parent, I’ll bet you agree with me. A three-month summer break is simply too long. Kids get bored around the house. They […]
If you haven’t bought any fireworks yet, don’t. Fireworks are too dangerous to be handled by the average person – like you and me. Enjoy fireworks – but go to a show run by professionals, who respect the danger posed by gunpowder and sparks.
Everyone needs regular vacations. Period. I don’t care if you’re an hourly worker or the CEO. You need to get away from the grind and recharge your battery. You need a life away from work. Yet in this dismal economy with high unemployment, some people are afraid to take off work. They fear that management […]
Marriages used to last forever. At least that’s how it seems. My parents, for instance, will soon celebrate their 57th anniversary. Congratulations to them – that’s an amazing record of marital longevity. But decades-long marriages like theirs are becoming more rare. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, recently had an article that said the divorce […]