While I think the most important thing in the world is to make sure kids have parents at all, think it's vital, as moms and dads, that we try to raise independent kids—kids who will turn into productive, healthy adults. I'm all for loving kids unconditionally, but I also want to help them grow up to be responsible. I want them to be confident and courageous and self-assured. That means challenging them, even while they're young, to do things for themselves.
If you’ve got a Disney-obsessed daughter (or son) like I do, there are plenty of new products available for Christmas that align with the newest movies and shows. My daughter Karis has met with Santa three times now, and each time her one gift request was “Frozen toys.” DONE. Here are some fun offerings from MORE »
On December 5, 2014, Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95, in his home in Johannesburg. In losing him, we lost someone as strongly identified with freedom, courage, and peace as any world leader over the past century. I'm inspired by him every time I think about his 27 years in prison, his strong push to abolish apartheid, and his work on racial reconciliation and poverty. These are some of my favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela, and in the wake of his recent passing, I hope they inspire you the same way they inspire me.
One thing we also love to do is read together, aloud, as a family. There's something about all of us sitting around the table or on the couch together getting immersed in a story for the first time. Of course, it can be a challenge to find a book that appeals to our spread of ages and—this is important—a book that also captures our attention as parents. We've found, however, that there are plenty of old and new book series for kids that do exactly that. With Christmas coming up, I thought I'd share some of those with you. Maybe carving out 15-20 minutes a day to read aloud to your kids would be a fantastic New Year's resolution for 2014.
Disney Infinity calls its Toy Box a part of the game with "no rules," and in this case, that's actually a good thing. It allows players to use imagination, architectural/building skills and even some very, very minor programming logic in a lot of surprising ways. I'd done some research into Minecraft, and from what I can tell, the Disney Infinity Toy Box improves on the Minecraft open-world experience on a number of levels.
On this episode of Mama Said, Sarah and I are talking about how we handle birthday parties with our kids. How about you? Do you have any strategies for birthday celebrations?
On this episode of Mama Said, Sarah and I are talking about the areas where we scrimp vs. where we splurge in our budget. How about you? What are the things you splurge on?
Since it's Thanksgiving Week, I thought it would be fun to ask each member of my family what they're thankful for...and record them saying it.
On this episode of Mama Said, Sarah and I are talking about solving conflicts with neighborhood kids. Negotiating with neighborhood kids can be really difficult. How do you deal?
Disney Infinity is a big improvement on open-world/development games like Minecraft. But it's also something my kids are enjoying that doesn't involve them learning to shoot people, competing against each other in unhealthy or hurtful ways, or turning off their brains. So far, I'm a fan.
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