Clark Hodges, a former single dad, turned his daughter’s idea into an iPhone app to help her learn about money management and entrepreneurship.
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.
If you have a son or daughter who’s approaching the legal driving age, I don’t envy you. Why? Because you’ll soon be facing the Driving Issue. You know what I mean. Your kid will be taking driver’s education or you’ll teach him or her yourself. Either way, you’ll have to ride in the front seat […]
Most parents have passionate feelings about spanking. They’re either adamantly against it, thinking it’s abusive, or adamantly in favor of it, thinking it’s a necessary form of discipline. The older I get, the more opposed I become to spanking. My son is 12, and I haven’t spanked him in years. I hope I never do […]
Yes, my 12-year-old son can swim. But swim well? No. And that worries me. If, God forbid, Connor fell into a lake without a life jacket, could he swim to safety? I doubt it. Tell me if I’m wrong. But I don’t think today’s parents stress swimming nearly enough. I’m pointing the finger at myself […]
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 […]
An interesting brochure arrived in my mail recently. It was promoting a youth camp in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. The multi-page flyer had colorful photos of beautiful scenery and happy kids. “120 different activities in a variety of areas!” the type read. “Learn the importance of friendship. Become more independent. Develop greater self-confidence. Understand […]
A couple of months ago, I expressed my concerns about the growing homeschooling movement. To me, it makes no sense to try to teach academic subjects to your child amid the chaos of home. Plus, I think a parent is preventing a child from learning valuable social skills by isolating him or her at home. […]
Everyone wants to be liked, including parents. As a dad, I much prefer my 12-year-old son and I to get along than to be at odds. But the chummy times don’t always last. They’re broken when I have to correct him, enforce a bedtime or holler at him to wake up.
Technology is a two-edged sword for parents. Advances help us track our kids through ever-improving cell phones and other electronic devices. But the enhanced ability to keep up with our kids can make us worry even more about their whereabouts. We want to know where they are all the time. And we can drive ourselves […]