The Beach, the Bay and Blue Crabs

Long ago when I was a ballerina in Virginia, the ocean was never far away. After the ends of performance runs, when we had a short lay-off, we would spend days by the ocean or the Bay playing in the water, relaxing at the sea's edge and dancing in the sand.  This time signaled a short re-load, a refresh, a reset.  The days seemed long and glorious and there was no schedule. After the sun started to wane, a cook-out would inevitably ensue and the fun would carry-on.  After a few days we would go back to work, but sun drenched and ready for the next ballet....more

Mobile Education Games for Children

No more teachers, no more books is the siren song of summer, but chances are you'd prefer your kiddos hang onto at least a shred of their education over the warmer months. If you were born to homeschool you're all set. But if you look at the new math and cringe it pays to seek out some summertime support....more

US Researchers Bypass Chinese Internet Restrictions by the Use of Video Games

Just recently, US researchers developed a new technology that's capable of transmitting messages through popular multiplayer games, making it almost impossible for the censors to detect and block these messages....more

Adding up the little things

Our dinnertime conversations have become quite formulaic: We talk about the events of our days and if we are close to a weekend, we share any upcoming plans. (If it is slow going, I will tell a fanciful story about my day that features a dragon just to see if anyone is paying attention.) Some nights this goes better than others....more

Don't Eat Peter, A Fun Easter Game for All Ages, From Toddlers to Adults

If you've played Don't Eat Pete, this is our Easter version played the same way.  We love this game! It is so simple kids of all ages can play together!  All you have to do is print out the free game board and grab some small easter candies.  To play: Place one piece of candy in each square. Send one person out of the room while the group chooses one candy piece to be “Peter ”.  When the player returns he slowly eats the candies one at a time....more

All tech is not created equal

When I asked my son what he wanted to save up his allowance for, he told me he wanted to buy a tablet. When I asked him why, he listed all the games he could play on it that he couldn't play on his LeapPad....more

Free labor: The case for childhood chores

Here's why I don't like Batman: He has Alfred. Because Bruce Wayne is well off, he doesn't have to sort his own socks or cook his own meals or really do any chores. He is a horrible role model for my son. I like Spiderman. Peter Parker has to get good grades, maintain an after-school job, save the world and still take out the trash. That takes good time management skills.  ...more

Five Ways to End Video Game Fights With Your Child or Spouse

I’ve read this question a thousand times on parenting discussions, marriage help sites, homeschooling forums: “How do I get my kid / husband / spouse to put down the video game?” As a long time female gamer, partner of a gamer, and mother, let me offer some personal insight:...more