Why Dad needs to keep his voice down

I read a lot of studies about parenthood. A surprising number of them uncover changes that need to be made in the Mother's behavior, because either the study didn't cover Dads as well, or it saw Dad's behavior as not having a significant effect on the child. ...more

5 Most Productive Ways For Teens To Spend Summers

As the summers are just around the corner, the quest for listing down interesting activities also accentuates. Kids are easy to handle. But, teenagers could be a real ordeal. Making sure teens stay proactive throughout the break and not indulge in unproductive activities used to be a tough task at hand for most moms but not anymore.Here are the 5 most productive ways for mums to help their teenagers spend summers:1) Gardening...more

Where is your phone right now?

When I am work, I carry my mobile phone with me from meeting to meeting. I do not want to do this, but should I get a call from my son's school, I want to be able to answer it. I try to keep it on silent, so it will not ding during meetings, and I try to remember to turn the volume back on at the end of the day in case my husband calls while I am driving home from work. (I am not always successful at remembering either of those things - sorry, Honey!)...more

The Number One Rule for My Daughter's iPhone

We gave our oldest daughter an iPhone for her 11th birthday. She is now 13. For two years, we have followed a consistent rule for the phone, and I believe this rule has helped our family adapt to technology in a balanced way. Image: Simon Yeo via Flickr via Creative Commons license The Rule is Simple ...more
We had this rule in our home as well when our boys were teens (they're now 22 and 24). We also ...more

Employment in high school: Should you encourage your teen to work?

 As a high school kid, I had a couple of different jobs. First, I worked at a shoe store selling athletic shoes, but I quit when school, sports, and band became too demanding (I know what you’re thinking… band. Yes, I am proud to say I was a band geek.). Then I switched to working only during the summers for a lawn & landscaping business....more

How Texting Brought Me Closer to My Daughter

There are many horror stories about the damage that can come from poorly timed and inappropriately made cell phone texts. Especially by teenagers. I admit that all of these stories affected me and were a big motivator in the reason for why I waited quite a while to get my own teenage daughter her first cell phone. This past Christmas however my husband and I decided it was time. I did not expect that her getting a cell phone and being able to text would bring us closer together. ...more
Thank you! Really took this to heart. I'm so afraid of the news about tech and kids and their ...more

10 Quick Tips for A Successful End To the Exchange Year

Host families: be understanding, but don’t give up on house rules1. The second half of the exchange year is perfect time to relax with your student and enjoy the son/daughter relationship.  For these last few weeks, think about all that you have learned and how your life has changed....more

The science that sticks

I listen to a podcast on my way to work called Stuff You Missed in History Class. It touches on people I've never heard of before, takes a much deeper dive on stories that may have only gotten a paragraph in my history textbooks and offers up a lot of non-U.S. history, which I thoroughly enjoy....more

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad....more