Category: Parenting

Fatherhood, Parenting, Sports

When Losing Is Actually Winning

Dear Mr. Dad: My kids are 9 and 11 and they’re fortunate enough to be good at almost everything they do. But if something comes up that they don’t pick up immediately—whether it’s a sport, a board game, an art project, or something else—they tend to get frustrated and quit. How can I get them […]

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Fatherhood, Parenting

Should You Teach Your Child a Second Language?

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I are both American and speak only English. We’ve heard that it’s good to expose children to other languages. Is it really? If so, when and how do we do it? A: There’s absolutely no question that learning a second language is good for kids (and adults). Here’s how: […]

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Fatherhood, Parenting

The More the Merrier

Name something besides celebrity status that the following couples have in common: Rhea Durham and Mark Wahlberg, Tory Spelling and Dean McDermott, and Victoria and David Beckham. Bingo! They each have a brood of 4 kids. Whatsup with large families? A Big Brood I just got another birth announcement from a lovely couple in my […]

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Health, Parenting

hand washingWhy Your Kids Should Eat More Dirt

Dear Mr. Dad: We’re a few months away from becoming parents for the first time and we’ve been sanitizing our house to prepare it for our baby. We’ve got antibacterial soaps all over the place—no one’s going to touch our baby with dirty hands! We’re planning to give away our dog—we’ve had him for a […]

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Boys, Health, Parenting

Helping Children Reach their Potential: Learning What Works

It can be difficult for parents and teachers to know what to do to help a child reach their potential when they have a developmental disability, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). About one in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with ASD, a diagnosis that is nearly […]

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