You have often heard me say that sperm production is an engine that really wants to run hard and fast. And, that by not taking great care of yourself, sperm quality and fertility can suffer. Given that 1 in 3 Americans have it, one of the biggest elephants in the room is obesity. Now, the literature is oozing with new [...]
[amazon asin=1583334955&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Anne Marie Albano, author of You and Your Anxious Child
Topic: Free your child from fears and worries
Issues: What causes anxiety? What’s normal–and what’s not; Annihilating anxiety; when and how to get help; treatment options, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication
[amazon asin=0399534555&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Adam Cox, author of No Mind Left Behind.
Topic: Understanding and fostering executive control–the eight essential brain skills every child needs to thrive
Issues: How do children develop coordination, handedness, depth perception and other important skills; skills to emphasize during the magical windows of learning in kids, from birth through age six; what if your child has no interests in sports at all?
[amazon asin=1402748841&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Leonard Felder, author of Fitting in is Overrated.
Topic: The survival guide for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
Issues: The importance of being unique and different; giving children the strength to be individuals and, at the same time, to navigate the subtleties of belonging and making good friendships.
Practicing for a driving test can be an exciting and stressful time for teens. To help them prepare, take your teen out on the road often and go over the following driving tips. Driver’s license exam testers will be looking for control, safety and conformance to traffic law, and helping your teen practice will boost their confidence and increase their chances of passing the test.
Before you turn the key – Remind your teen that the driving test starts before the car starts moving. Here are a few things they should do before starting the car:
- Fasten the seatbelt.
- Adjust the seat and seat back so that the steering wheel and pedals can be easily reached and operated.
- Adjust all mirrors so they can clearly see behind and beside the vehicle.
Starting these habits early will not only help your teen pass the test, but will also instill safe driving practices later in life. Auto insurance is another thing you should look into before your teen is allowed to practice behind the wheel. Most auto insurance companies will cover teens who have a learner’s or temporary permit under the parent’s policy, but it’s a good idea to call and make sure.
Maneuverability – Some states require a maneuverability test in addition to a road test. The maneuverability test involves moving the car through five cones without touching or knocking them over. To practice, find an empty parking lot and set up five cones according to your state’s testing specifications. Practice the maneuverability test until your teen feels confident.
Merging and changing lanes – While your teen may not have to merge onto a freeway during the driving test, safe merging and lane changing are essential driving skills. Have your teen practice the following procedure:
- Match speed with the lane you’re entering
- Look to the front, back, blind spots and the side to which you’re merging
- Switch on your turn signal
- Check blind spots again
- Merge purposefully and gradually into an adjacent lane
- Turn off the signal and check the rearview mirror
Stopping – You teen should practice slowing gradually when coming to a stop sign or red light. At stop signs, make sure they stop completely, look both ways, and then proceed across the intersection. And remember to help your teen practice “cover” and “controlled” braking. Cover braking is when the driver’s foot hovers over the brake pedal in anticipation of slowing down. Controlled braking is steady, firm pressure on the brake pedal in a non-emergency situation.
Signaling – Help your teen get into the habit of using the turn signal whenever turning or changing lanes. Letting other drivers know what you’re about to do can help prevent accidents, and help your teen pass the driving test.
These are just a few common driving practices that testers will be looking out for. Check out your state’s DMV website for more information on how to practice for your teen’s driving test. Once your teen has successfully passed the test, there’s still one more step to complete before they can legally drive. Go online to find affordable car insurance companies, and don’t forget to ask about discount auto insurance for your teen. Most providers offer lower premiums to teens who earn a high GPA. Once your teen is insured, they’re ready for the road.
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Getting little kids to settle down, go to bed, and actually stay there isn’t always easy—especially if a child is afraid of the dark (actually, very few are afraid of the dark itself, it’s what’s lurking in the dark that’s the problem). However, as we all know, having some kind of comfort item makes it a lot easier, whether it’s a blankie, a pacifier, a stuffie, a favorite dinosaur, or a tractor. This week we review several products that are designed to make bedtime (and sleep time) in your home positively dreamy.
Remember when Pillow Pets were all the rage? Well, now they’re back with a number of fun new items, such as sweatshirts, slippers, night lights, and blankets, all made of super-soft chenille plush, and all sporting the friendly animal faces that make the original pets such an important part of bedtime for kids everywhere. Oh, and keep an eye out for the Pillow Pets toothbrushes and glow-in-the dark Pets. Really. Great for keeping the kids in bed or as a familiar friend to make it easier to fall asleep in the car or unfamiliar places. Depending on the item, Pillow Pets range in price from about $14.00 to $30.00. http://mypillowpets.com/
The company says that ScareMeNots are made for kids who need a little help facing their everyday fears. And with names like Courageous Carrie and Knockout Ned, and Defender Dave, these friendly monsters actually work. They’ve been to school and know all the ways to protect your little one from any boogie men and monsters that may be lurking around or come out after mom and dad close the door at night and the lights go down. They may also be able to help a bit with bad dreams (the power of suggestion is an amazing thing, isn’t it?) ScareMeNots have multiple eyes so they can stay awake and watch over your sleeping—or fearful—child. And they have these great tails that make it easy to hang from just about anywhere or to tuck between mattress and box spring to guard against the evils under the bed. ScareMeNots have won several toy category awards and are available in travel size ($14.95) or full size ($24.99). http://www.scaremenot.com/
Shnoozles are award-winning, research-backed plush dolls that have patented eyes. Yes, patented. Unlike the eye-studded, always-awake ScareMeNots, Shnoozles eyes gradually close (by pulling gently on the eye lids), which shows kids it’s safe to do the same. By gently encouraging kids to stay in bed and fall asleep, Shnoozles make going to sleep something to look forward to. And by reducing nighttime tears and tantrums, these soft, adorable little guys also help parents reduce the stress they feel when dealing with a child who keeps popping up out of bed like a whack-a-mole. Most refreshing of all, in an age where just about everything has an app or batteries or buttons or buzzers, Shnoozles have none. Nothing that could inhibit sleep by keeping your child stimulated, nothing to wake him up if he rolls over it in his sleep. Shnoozles have won a number of awards for quality and innovation, including the Mom’s Choice Award and Creative Magazine’s 2012 Creative Toy Preferred Choice Award. Shah-Shah comes in pink and Shu-Shu in brown. Both come with a Sleepy-Time Rhyme book and retail for $24.99. http://www.shnoozles.com/
Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing: It messes with your brain, making you less alert and less able to think clearly. In previous articles on this site, we’ve talked about how not getting about six hours of sleep per night for long periods of time also increases your chances of being overweight. But according to [...]
Guest post by David B. Samadi, MD
Effective April 1, reduced funding for cancer treatment makes it almost impossible for Medicare patients to receive expensive chemotherapy drugs, says oncologists around the country. Thousands of Medicare patients are already being turned away from cancer clinics and some say the sequester budget cut is to blame. Patients at these clinics would need to seek [...]
Dear Mr. Dad: My 9-year old son has been complaining a lot recently about how much he hates school. We had a long talk about it and he completely stunned me when he told me that the principal of his school has paddled his behind several times. I know my son can be challenging sometimes, but I thought corporal punishment in schools had been outlawed long ago. How is this even possible?
A: And just when I’d thought I’d put all those unpleasant grade-school memories to rest… Nationwide, more than 60 percent of American parents approve of spanking children—and half admit that they actually do it (that’s the average—the percentages are higher in the South, and lower in the rest of the country). However, more than 70 percent of parents (65 percent in the South)—and 80 percent of parents of grade-schoolers—say it shouldn’t be happening in schools at all. But it is.
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“Is not this the true romantic feeling — not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you?” — Thomas Wolfe
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