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Thursday, September 30, 2004


Kids and Sports

"If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot."
- Dean Smith

46 million American kids will participate in an organized sport this year, but 30 percent of them won't return for another season. The number one reason? Coaches and parents put too much emphasis on winning, and the sport is no longer fun or instructive.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004


Think It, Don't Say It

"A 3-year-old child is like a stand-up comic on truth serum."
- Denene Millner

Funny, but all too true, article about children and their tendency to speak without thinking.

Thursday, September 23, 2004


TV Sex and Violence

Sixty-three percent of parents surveyed said they favor new regulations to limit the amount of sex and violence in TV shows during the early evening hours when children are more likely to be watching.

How about 100% of the parents turn the TV off!?

Problem solved.


Kids and Colds

Don't you hate it when your child comes home from school with a cold and passes it around the family and everyone gets sick at the same time and you have no energy for cleaning and cooking and blogging, and all you want to do is lay in bed all day but nobody will let you do that? Yeah, me too. Wish I'd seen this article a few weeks ago.

Saturday, September 18, 2004


Favorite Quotes

"The best thing I ever saw was a man who loves his wife."
- Paul McCartney

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


A Fear of Hugging

The Wall Street Journal weighs in on the physical relationship between dads and daughters. Confused about how and when to touch the girls in their lives, men are distancing themselves from maturing daughters who still yearn to be held.

Monday, September 13, 2004


Family Budgets Taking Hits

The bills are stacking up faster than incomes for many Oregon families, according to an analysis of eight common household expenses in recent years.

Friday, September 10, 2004


A Real Family Circus

Do circus kids run away to live with architects' families? (yes, that is a subtle Brady Bunch reference)

Monday, September 06, 2004


Parents Need To Be Parents

Not So Fast, a North Idaho blog, points us to this article about overindulged children.

A quote from the article:

"It's almost like parents have lost their parenting skills," says Marsha Moritz, 54, who helped found the Parent Engagement Network, a support group in Boulder, Colo. "They want to be their kids' best friend and make sure they're having fun, but what the kids really need is for parents to be parents."

It's sad that she has to state the obvious.

More from the article:

Start teaching kids about what's really important—values like hard work, delayed gratification, honesty and compassion.

And while you're at it, teach them about respect for others. I'm tired of 10-year-olds who think they have more rights than me.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average American child sees more than 40,000 commercials a year. That's in addition to fast-food outlets in schools, product placements in TV shows and movies, even corporate sponsorship of sports stadiums. "There's virtually no escape from it," says Susan Linn, a Harvard psychologist and the author of "Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood." "The marketers call it 'cradle-to-grave brand loyalty.' They want to get kids from the moment they're born."

With apologies to Shakespeare, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the marketers."

Saturday, September 04, 2004


Get Involved With Your Kids, But Not Too Much

Here's a good Seattle Times article on overinvolved parents. Some interesting thoughts from it:

More parents feel that they are somehow neglectful if their kids are not taking advantage of every learning opportunity and activity. This leads to overscheduled, stressed-out kids.

Children struggling in school performed better when parents took a hands-off, positive approach rather than a critical, controlling one. Parents should offer encouragement and support, but let the child develop his own problem-solving skills.

The more you step in, the more your child becomes dependent on you for the next time. Parents can't constantly rescue children from every mistake. Kids have to slip and stumble sometimes for their long-term growth.

Friday, September 03, 2004


America's Story

America's Story is an in-depth and easy-to-navigate web site for kids from the Library of Congress, packed with American history and culture. There's an amazing amount of information here. Sometimes our government actually does things right!