Tag: Parenting

Get Free Tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Enjoy Some Quality Family Time (The Free Ticket Contest Has Ended)

I am giving away four tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Why?  I think that families should spend quality time together and that all children should be exposed to culture and the arts.  I wrote a blog about how eating dinner together can reduce the risk of your teen using drugs or alcohol.  I believe... Read more »

Grandparents seem to forget what it was like raising kids

Grandparents seem to forget that they were once parents.  They appear to care more about their grandchildren than they did for their own children. Grandparents are certainly more lenient with their grandchildren. Some children seem to be able to enjoy soda and candy in unlimited quantities when in the care of their grandparents.  However, their... Read more »

Boy Fakes Kidnapping To Avoid Parent-Teacher Conference

An 11-year old boy in the small town of Xinzo de Limia, Spain decided that he couldn’t bear to have his parents meet with his teacher due to his poor grades. Nothing new, right? When you were a kid and you knew that you were not getting stellar grades in school, you were probably a... Read more »

Fifty Shades of Parenting

Parenting can be a tough up job. At times, it can be the most mentally draining job on the planet. Think about it for a few minutes. How many emotions and feelings have you felt dealing with your children in the last couple of days? Parenting is an emotional roller coaster.  It’s fifty shades of... Read more »

Kids With Bad Manners And The Parents Who Allow It

Does your kid have bad manners? We all know the answer to this question. Many things that were considered bad manners, years ago have fallen out of favor. I personally think that good manners never go out of style. Do parents even care anymore? Does your child do any of the following? – Pick their... Read more »

Are You An Irresponsible Parent If You Don't Give Your Kid A Cellphone?

Are you an irresponsbile parent if you don’t give your kid a cell phone? Some people believe that good responsible parents provide cellphones for their kids as a safety measure. I have mixed feelings about this question. NON-IRRESPONSIBLE ARGUMENT: Cellphones have not been in the hands of kids for very long. With the increase in... Read more »

5 New Year's Resolutions for Helicopter and Unparenting Parents

There are helicopter parents and now unparenting parents.  They are the two extreme parenting types.  Helicopter parents hover over their children and think they need to control every aspect of their child’s life. Unparenting parents treat their children like adults and have no boundaries or rules for them. I have come up with possible New... Read more »

Restaurants: Only, Well-behaved Kids Welcome

If your child does not know how to behave in a restaurant, you should leave your child at home. Going out to a restaurant should be a relaxing experience for everyone. When your child misbehaves at a restaurant, it is an unenjoyable and stressful experience for everyone! I know that some parents may feel that... Read more »

It's A School, Not The Wild, Wild West: No Guns In Schools

To the families that were devastated by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you.  The senseless tragedy that took the lives of twenty children and six adults is just devastating.  As a result of this tragedy, I will forever hold my children a little tighter each day.... Read more »

Want To Live Longer? Have Some Kids!

A Danish study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds that people who become parents, especially women tend to live longer. They studied over 21,000 couples that were registered for in vitro fertilization treatments. According to the study, women who are childless who die from circulatory disease, cancer and accidents have a death... Read more »