Category: Parenting

Family Issues, Fatherhood, Parenting, Relationships

blended families have challengesLife in the 21st-Century Blended Family

Dear Mr. Dad: My fiancée and I are both divorced, and between the two of us, there are four children from previous marriages. Mine are 7 and 5, his are 6 and 8. When my girlfriend and I first met each other’s kids, things were great—the children hit it off really well and liked hanging […]

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Education, Growing Up, Parenting

talented kidsWhy You Shouldn’t Tell Your Children They’re Extremely Talented

Is your daughter the brightest math student in her class? Do your son’s piano skills outpace everyone in his peer group? If so, you’re likely already thinking about how fostering your child’s natural talent could lead to great accomplishments and happiness. But if future success is in store, one of the best ways to set […]

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Family Issues, Fatherhood, Growing Up, Parenting

dads and moms have different play stylesIs There a “Right” Way to Play with Kids? Ah, Nope.

Dear Mr. Dad. My husband and I have two-year-old twins—a girl and a boy—and we both love spending time with them. But I’ve noticed that he and I have very different styles, in several ways. We do different activities with the kids. And I’ve also noticed that I do a better job of treating the […]

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Family Issues, Fatherhood, Parenting, Relationships

platonic parentingWhat’s Platonic Parenting and Could It Work For You?

There are many ways to have a happy, healthy family that fall outside of the traditional nuclear family unit. Today’s diverse social climate and advanced technology have expanded the definition of family, reminding us that family is a matter of love, connection and care — rather than simply blood and marriage. Children need parents who […]

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Fatherhood, Parenting

bored babyAm I Boring My Child? Probably Not.

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a stay-at-home father and I’m committed to being very involved in my son’s life. He just turned one and we usually have a great time together, but I’m starting to get worried that he’s going to think I’m boring. What do I do to keep him entertained? A: This is definitely […]

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