What?! That was my reaction when I saw an article that said video games aren’t a destructive influence on kids, as some people (including me) believe. “Parents, stop fearing video games,” the headline read.
Call me insensitive. Call me clueless. But why has bullying suddenly become a national crisis worthy of nonstop attention? Did kids just now start being mean to each other? A new documentary called Bullying raises the collective frenzy even more about the centuries-old practice. It follows Alex, a 12-year-old boy from a small Georgia town, […]
A funny thing has happened in the Housewright household. My 12-year-old son, Connor, has become an avid reader. He’s never had a problem reading. He finishes his assigned reading at school without a problem, and his teacher says his comprehension is excellent. But Connor has never loved reading – that is, he hasn’t read books […]
I just learned this term recently, but I think it’s very descriptive. A “helicopter parent,” in case you don’t know, is one who hovers constantly over a child. These are parents who do more than watch out for the health and wellbeing of their child.
College students across the country are anxious awaiting spring break this month. Many are planning trips to sunny beaches, where they’ll spend the week drinking and partying. Spring break pilgrimages have become a staple of college life. Parents, meanwhile, hope their kids make it back to campus alive. Each year, we hear horror stories of […]
It’s only February. You may see several more snowstorms in your area this year. Still, it’s not too early to choose the right summer camp for your child. Why? The best camps fill up well before school ends. If you’re decades removed from childhood like me, you’ll be amazed at how much the summer camp landscape has […]
Let me gloat for a minute. A year ago, I felt defeated when it came to my son’s obsession with video games. We had knockdown, drag-out fights about how much time he spent playing the fast-paced, often violent games.
When I was 12, I played on a youth football team. The coach invited the players to his house occasionally to eat hot dogs and swim in his pool. I always had a great time, and my parents were happy for me to go to his house.
It could be worse, I suppose. Connor could be learning the drums. I can’t imagine a louder instrument. But the trombone makes quite a ruckus – especially when it’s being played by someone who is clueless.
I feared the worst. My 11-year-old son had never been horseback riding, and he was making his first attempt in front of a dozen classmates. Connor and I were at a youth camp in East Texas last weekend for a father-son retreat sponsored by his school. Now, I’m not real keen on horseback riding myself. […]