In a recent episode of the sitcom "Mom," a man's ashes are stolen by his distraught lover. In a moment of dark hilarity, she empties the ashes into a lunchbox thermos and fills the urn, which belongs to the man's belligerent ex-wife, with Grape-Nuts cereal.
We all know how great exercise is for us - it's been shown to have positive effects in almost every area of our life, whether that's reducing disease risks, combatting depression or just improving overall well-being. But exercising together as a family has some additional benefits. Of course, there's the bonding part. But besides that, family exercise provides some built-in motivation and encouragement and can add an element of (hopefully) friendly competition. If you and/or your family are relatively new to exercise, here are a few ways to help you take those first steps towards lifelong fitness. But please, before you start any kind of exercise routine - especially if you haven't worked out in a while - check with your health-care provider to make sure it's appropriate for you and your unique circumstances.
SEATTLE - After Brandy, his wife of 37 years, was killed in the Oso landslide on March 22, 2014, in a rural community north of Seattle, one of the very few bright spots for Tim Ward was the reunion with his dog, Blue. A series of events Seattle and elsewhere recently marked the one-year anniversary of mudslide.
The past few days have been dismal for college fraternities: five suspensions in a dozen days. The Greek system on campus is once again under fire, and for good reason. Racist chants. Partially nude pictures of women. Hazing. More hazing. Oh, and a half-a-mil in damages at a Michigan ski resort.
I closed the door on my friend's island condo, where I'd come for two weeks to decompress after 27 years of modern family life, where the only must-do on my calendar was watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean every morning. And I vowed not to forget the inspiration I'd found.
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm an involved dad, and I often help my kids with their homework. Sometimes, in the interests of speeding things along, I give them the answers. Over the past year, both kids (11 and 9) are coming to me more and more often, asking for help even when I know they don't need it. I tell them to figure it out, they whine, and eventually I give in to the pressure. How can I get them to start doing their work by themselves?
Q: Our 7-year-old is very shy. He doesn't enjoy the sort of social activities, including sports, that other kids his age are generally involved in and would rather play alone. He has one friend who is also quite shy. His mother and I have conspired to arrange weekly play dates, but whereas the boys get along fine, both kids sometimes balk at cooperating with them. My son occasionally tells me he'd rather read or play alone than play with this other boy. When I ask why, he tells me he "just would." His school counselor has recommended that the other mother and I put the boys together on a regular basis no matter what. My son does well in school, does his homework on his own, is very creative and is a happy camper when it's just us and his older brother. Your thoughts, please.
Q. My ex and I broke up about a year and a half ago. He had been running around for years and I finally got sick of it and left. But, I've found my own little secret way of paying him back. He kept the old phone number that was tied to gas discounts at our local supermarket. Every so often I sign in and use his gas reward. He doesn't know and I don't think her realizes it. Is that really bad ex-etiquette under the circumstances? Am I breaking any laws? He really was a jerk.
Learning to read is a process that requires many different skills and various mental processing milestones. It requires an understanding of sequences, pattern recognition, knowing symbols and a comprehension of how sounds interchange to create new words. By making the experience of learning to read, sensory, your child will not only gain an extremely valuable skill but also build on the pleasure of learning.
My 20-year-old niece was applying for an internship out of state and was asked to do an interview via Skype. I can say with 100 percent certainty that I would rather shower, dress and show up in some conference room to be grilled in person than try to pull off a video job interview.