“The irresistible temptation to ‘play’ with guns…” That description was the opening statement on a TV trailer for Diane Sawyer’s documentary on children and guns in the home. When my boys were small, I was adamant that we would not have toy guns in the house. I wanted my kids to know that guns were […]
Hearing a lot about summer safety? This time of year, the media is full of reminders for us, but don’t get distracted by the signal to noise ratio. This safety stuff we write about is important!
So how powerful are words? And trophies? As I was cleaning out the attic recently, I came across several boxes full of soccer and little league trophies. There were ribbons and medals from swim meets, too.
I often wish I could write a prescription for play that reads: “Go Outside and Play” Sig: as directed and undirected is even better. Disp: Quantity Sufficient If daily outdoor play were a medicine, it would taste like bubble gum and be so good the kids would take it without fussing. It would help […]
Are you old enough to remember the TV commercials where smiling mothers stirred pitchers of KoolAid on the front porch in summer? They were serving liquid happiness to the children running around in the front yard with a giant singing pitcher of KoolAid. Or so it seemed.
It’s check-up season, and you hear the pediatrician ask, “Is there anything we should give special attention to at today’s visit?” Your mind goes immediately to the big changes you’ve noticed in your son’s sleep habits, or to your daughter’s increasingly weepy, angry outbursts. You wonder if what you’re seeing is normal, but you also […]