Pay No Attention to That Program Behind the Screen

Dear Mr. Dad: My baby just turned one and I went to pick him up a little early from his daycare to celebrate. When I got there, the kids were crawling around but the TV was on and tuned to some kind of reality show. I asked the sitter why, and she said “So what?” and told me that the TV is often on in the background and that it’s no big deal. My gut says she’s wrong. But before I fire her, I need something to back me up. What’s so bad about TV?

A: Honestly, do you really an excuse to fire a sitter who shouldn’t be caring for kids? But since you asked—and since you’re not the only parent out there who’s not sure whether it’s okay for babies to watch TV—here goes.
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Safety Tips for Motorcycle Dads

For dads, Southern California’s vastly diverse landscape offers an amazing opportunity to show kids what life is like on the open road. The experience is sure to be fun, and given the state’s diverse topography, the journey will be educational too. Unfortunately, it’s that same topography—combined with busy highways—that can make traveling with motorcycle passengers dangerous.

The following is a guide for keeping your precious cargo safe on an exploratory, family-friendly So-cal motorcycle trip.
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The New Science of Adolecence

Laurence Steinberg, author of Age of Opportunity.
Topic:
Lessons from the new science of adolescence.
Issues: Why adolescence lasts three times longer than it did back in the 1950s; the adolescent brain is still developing–and growing; how adolescents think; protecting adolescents from themselves; the importance of self-regulation; how can parents make a difference; are adolescents legally responsible for their behavior?

The Artist’s Way for Parents + Age of Opportunity

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way for Parents.
Topic:
Raising creative children.
Issues: Awaken your children’s sense of wonder–and reawaken your own in the process; help your children turn their passions into art; encouraging self-expression; replenishing your own creative stores while nurturing those of your children; cultivate a lifelong passion for creativity and the creative process.


Laurence Steinberg, author of Age of Opportunity.
Topic:
Lessons from the new science of adolescence.
Issues: Why adolescence lasts three times longer than it did back in the 1950s; the adolescent brain is still developing–and growing; how adolescents think; protecting adolescents from themselves; the importance of self-regulation; how can parents make a difference; are adolescents legally responsible for their behavior?

Should You Use Tech to Track Your Kids?

using technology to track kids

using technology to track kids

It’s the nightmare that every parent has and dreads to think about. What if my child doesn’t come home? What if something happened? Usually it’s nothing, but it does happen, and more than you would like to admit.

So how can you prevent it from happening? Today’s technology can track your kids and teens by GPS-enabled smartphones. First used by the military and then commonly by the police and emergency services, GPS is now a commonplace tool for the public. Even though this technology is frequently used, should you track your kids with it? Here are some GPS-enabled tracking apps to consider:

AmberAlert GPS

It’s not a tracking device, and it’s not a walkie-talkie. It’s a Smart Locator device and here are some of its features:

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