When we were teens we'd ask someone to hook up after school and it simply meant that we wanted to spend time together. Now, when teens request a hook-up you can expect some random entanglement of body parts to occur.
I have a 14 yr-old son, as well as two grown sons from a previous litigation, and my line of work has appealed to my youngest in spite of my exhortations to pursue a more reliable future in dentistry: "Show biz can be fickle but gum disease is forever."
My 9-year-old son knocks. The noises in our bedroom stop, abruptly. "Yes?" he hears. "Ummm, is everything OK?" "Yes, honey, get back in bed. I'll be there in a few minutes." So what did we tell him? Brace yourself. We told him the truth.
Technology is encouraging our belief that open time, or free play as it used to be called in pre-school, means boredom. What happened to our delight in not knowing what might unfold? Where has our interest and faith in creating something out of nothing gone?
Let's face it; where your birthday falls can be directly proportional to how much attention you get, and things like that are darn important. They affect self-esteem. They affect sibling relations. And, of course, they affect presents.
I was skeptical when I first heard that Martin Scorcese was taking on Brian Selznick's award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Its original mix of text and illustration had me all the more dubious; how on earth would that unique reading experience translate to film?
As a dual Franco-American citizen who lived over ten years in Paris (where not drinking a daily glass of wine is considered a Crime Against the State), I couldn't help but wonder why we Anglo Saxons take so long to embrace what Europeans have known ever since the Gauls invented the wine barrel.
Families are messy. Work is neater. It is a blessing to be able to draw on both for satisfaction and affirmation. As the Thank God It's Monday Club confirmed for me, one often compensates for the other.
Coerced sterilization and castration are in many ways no different from other limitations on individual reproductive choice: they violate a number of fundamental rights, including the rights to health, privacy, and physical integrity.
To hear that scientific research has determined that new dads are tired reminds me of the scientific team that studied navel fluff. Poor sleepy dears. Babies are keeping them awake at night? Welcome to our world, papas.
I recently spoke with Regina Pally, M.D., Co-Founder and Assistant Director of the Center for Reflective Parenting about how and where children learn to do what they do and beyond that to where they get their sense of security or insecurity.
Is taking the kids along all it's cracked up to be? Despite frequent complaints, for many adults the answer must be yes. Families are like roaming packs these days, and kids are now included on more than just the traditional car trips.