SEATTLE - Imagine a farm in the city. Not one that grows crops, but one that provides space for a couple dozen animals to bask on beach towels, play baseball, drive cars, roast marshmallows on a campfire and watch the Seahawks on TV.
Early one morning last May, Henry Griffin was leading a group of bird enthusiasts through an alley near his Chicago suburban Oak Park home and heard a song that made him stop. It was from a Connecticut warbler, a notoriously shy bird with a reputation for being hard to find.
When my two-year-old granddaughter started preschool loaded with a backpack that came down to her knobby knees, she turned at the classroom door and waved to her family, as dry-eyed as Darth Vader pulling out his light saber.
Q. My ex and I split up about six months ago. We were married for 10 years and share custody. Last week the kids came home from his house and told me, "Daddy had a woman spend the night." I was horrified! I didn't think he would ever do that! What do I do?
Dear Mr. Dad: I've got twins - one girl, one boy - and we love wrestling together. I always thought I was treating them the same, but a few days ago, my wife told me that she's thinks I play very differently with them - very physically with my son and much more gentle with my daughter. I started paying attention and I have to admit that she's right. So now I'm wondering: is there any actual reason to be more gentle with my daughter? And should I be more gentle with my son?
A list of some of the more memorable elements of pre-1960s parenting is in constant circulation on the Internet and is especially popular with people my age, who can for obvious reasons relate. The items include that we drank from garden hoses and survived, didn't wear bike helmets and survived, could only take a test once and never had to see psychologists for test anxiety, and so on. The point is that kids in the pre-micromanagement and pre-coddling days enjoyed a freedom that kids today, by and large, don't even know they're missing. For one thing, we were free to fail, which is the greatest of all freedoms.
I remind my editor that I have almost 2,000 more Twitter followers than William Faulkner ever did and am equally ahead of Dickens and Shakespeare when it comes to Facebook. Posthumously, which is always the way most writers are ever appreciated, I hope that there's sort of a revisionist consensus: "That man sure could social media!"
Parents need to know thatYouNowis a live video-streaming and chat app. Both the user agreement and app stores specify that users must be 13 and older. Teens register using an existing social media account (Facebook,Twitter, orGoogle+), though they can view broadcastswithout registering. Privacyis definitely an issue, but kids can change their usernamesto something more anonymous than their Facebook or Google+ identities.YouNow clearly forbids nudity, sexual content, and bullying in itscommunity guidelines, but there's no promise of oversight. Profanity is prevalent. Users can report violators as well as block specific viewers,but live streaming is totally unpredictable - there's noway to ensure teens won't encounter objectionable live content. By posting, a user is consenting toYouNowusing their videos however they wish, though the user retains ownership.
Parents need to know that"Chu's Day at the Beach"is a continuation of theNeil Gaimanseries that includes"Chu's Day"and"Chu's First Day of School." Here, Chu the panda unleashes a big sneeze that causes some mayhem at the beach. His anxiety about this outsize trait is quickly remedied when he's given some help to fix things, a perfect corollary for preschoolers who know what it's like to feel embarrassed or different.
Parents need to know that"Xenoblade Chronicles 3D"is a Nintendo 3DS re-release of a Nintendo Wii game originally released in 2012 and can only be played on the New Nintendo 3DS platform. The content is nearly identical to the older console game. Players engage in frequent sword and gun battles against monsters and machines. There's no gore and only minimal blood, but some story sequences depict humans being eaten or crushed by large metal creatures. Characters of both genders are depicted wearing skimpy outfits, and in one case a man's buttocks arealmost completely exposed. Infrequent profanity includes the word "damn," and one side quest includes what appears to be a drunken man.
As the weather warms we realize summer is on its way and, as many of us do, we start to think about fitting into our beach and summer wear. Winter often has us put on a few extra pounds as our eating habits focus around hearty winter foods. Children too often worry about summer camp and their weight so now is a great time to adjust the family's eating choices and move towards the healthier spring vegetables and fruits. Approaching this change via your child's dominant sense will help them to join your new eating style with enthusiasm as well as allow you to be delicate with their feelings and self esteem.
"Mommy why do you go to work and Nadjma stays home with me?" asks my daughter. Her question takes me by surprise as I struggle to find the right words. I thought this was an issue long since put to bed, but my inability to articulate an answer betrays a more nuanced reality.
We've assembled more of our favorite recipes that require just 15-20 minutes of preparation time. Remember to choose foods and activities every month of the year that will reduce your level of stress, improve your mood, and promote a healthy lifestyle.
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