Caring for young children is stressful. Caring for elderly parents is stressful. Combine the two, and you’re part of the sandwich generation. And you could run yourself ragged if you’re not careful. What do you do if your child is sick and your father is sick? Who gets your attention first? I’m a “sandwicher,” and […]
Times change, and so do guidelines for raising kids. “Much of yesterday’s baby wisdom has been proven untrue today,” says an article in Parents magazine.
I’ve written a couple of articles recently on cooking and my goal of preparing more meals at home. Besides cooking dinner, some parents also have to pack a school lunch for their kid. What should you do? Throw a ham sandwich and some chips in a sack?
If you have a young child, you’ve experienced the nightmare of a public temper tantrum. What do you do? Ignore it? Reason with the child? Spank him?
Fortunately, my son has never complained of being bullied. In fact, I’ve never heard him mention any bullying at his school (but he did get in a fight on the playground, apparently coming out victorious). We’re fortunate. But for some kids and their parents, bullying is a painful reality. How should parents react?
Last week, I wrote about the guilt I face from not preparing more home-cooked meals for my son. We eat out much more than I want. I’m aware of the importance of good nutrition, and I hope to offer my son more healthy eating alternatives at home soon. But I also know there are some […]
Many parents, like me, worry about teaching their kids how to properly handle money. We want to send the right messages. Financial author Liz Weston, writing on msn.com, says it’s just as important to avoid sending the wrong messages.
I’m guilty of this: My son comes to me with a homework question, and I lend a hand. He asks a follow-up question, and I help. Soon, I’m doing the long division for him. Bad idea.
Kids love summer. They stay up late and sleep late. They watch too much TV and do too little reading. But the party is coming to an end. School starts later this month for most kids. As parents, we need to program them back into the school mode. I found an article that has nine […]
Traditionally, moms are the ones who join the PTA. But there’s plenty for dads to do at the local school. This article offers 10 ways to get involved (including joining the PTA.