By Dan Bucatinsky
Author of Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
From smart snacks to emergency stain removal and bedtime negotiations, summer with the kids can be more exhausting than relaxing. Here are some steps you can take to stand your ground as a firm parent, while keeping summer activities fun for everyone involved—after all, if you aren’t having fun, it’s most likely that no one is!
By Julie Underwood
You’re Not Listening to My Words Blogger
As a kid, I lived for summer break. But as a parent, I dread it. I’ve found that establishing a summer routine makes the transition from school to summer break a little less chaotic. Children crave structure and when they don’t have it, they can become a bit unglued. Here are a few creative things I have done with my kids over the summer that I thought I would share.
By James P. Steyer
Author of Talking Back to Facebook
We may think of our kids’ online, tech and mobile activities as “digital life,” but to them, it’s just life. Their world, as it evolves at a dizzying pace, is as much about creating media as it is about consuming it. It’s crucial that, just as they learn to swim, eat properly, or drive a car, kids receive guidance to be able to thrive in the digital world responsibly and respectfully.
By Susan Stiffelman
Author of Parenting Without Power Struggles
Once upon a time, books were among a child’s favorite companions. But for many youngsters today, books have become a thing of the past. As summer approaches, the possibility of helping your child become an avid reader becomes even more challenging; without a teacher assigning nightly reading, many children’s skills fall behind.
Bedroom boredom. Parenting pushing private time aside. All work and no spark. Fantasies of other partners. These are all common sexual issues couples face. Together Lisa Rinna and Ian Kerner created a plan to rejuvenate romance for others in The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book. This month we’re featuring your questions for Lisa and Ian in a weekly sex column.
By Kristin Sidorov
Pregnancy is a magical time. From the moment you find out that you’re expecting, your world changes—along with a few other things, like your weight, your, ahem, eating habits, and your ability to have a good night’s sleep.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting share how they protect their kids from inappropriate content on the web. (Hint: Be sure to deny access to search engines!) From A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work.
Having a hard time getting your children excited about exercise? It’s important to raise active kids who move their bodies every day, but it’s also important to make physical activity fun—not a chore to be endured, says David Walsh, Ph.D., author of Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Kids Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier.