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What you can learn by NOT throwing your child out of a window

May 20, 2014

A few years ago I found myself comparing vacation plans with a colleague — a single guy about a decade older than me. His upcoming vacation? A month-long backpacking trip to Hawaii, totally off the grid. When I marvelled at his bravery, he offered this wisdom: “Every year, try to do something that pushes you [...]

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Stop sibling conflict with a tech-inspired solution

June 17, 2013

Are you tired of listening to your kids argue? Does it seem like a single ill-timed comment can ignite a cascade of escalating attacks and complaints? Are you sick of playing referee? This weekend we came up with an innovative strategy for stopping the sibling conflict cycle. To implement this plan, you need: 1. One [...]

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Your online relationships: Top posts of 2011

December 28, 2011

This week I’m sharing my favourite posts of 2011. Today, I’m rounding up my top posts on living with social media: from how to navigate social media with your kids, to online romance, to the online challenges and opportunities for personal growth and happiness. Facebooking the kids: 12 Dos & Don’ts: Facebook can be a [...]

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Are you a parent traveling on business? Here are 15 tips for taking the kids

June 3, 2011

When I first wrote this post in October 2006, LilPnut was only a few months old, and didn’t even have his twitter handle yet. (Who can blame him? Twitter had barely been invented.) Almost five years later we have lots more experience traveling with the kids, and are much less ambitious about integrating business and [...]

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What’s really hurting your relationships?

January 11, 2011

Today’s paper has an article about how hard it is to preserve tight family relationships in a world where we have so many other relationships. It offered 10 signs your friendships might be hurting your family relationships: You can’t get through a meal without having a friend join you. You enjoy talking with more than [...]

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What we look like when we plug in

July 14, 2010

We all see them. Perhaps we are among the guilty ones. We see them at restaurants: Families at dinner; each member plugged into his or her iPad, iPhone or iPod. We see them at work: Colleagues texting and checking statuses on social networking sites while simultaneously attempting to engage in a conversation with a co-worker. [...]

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Family movie night: The 2×2

July 10, 2010

Like everything in life, the conundrum that is Family Movie Night can be reduced to a 2×2 table. Common Sense Media has solved a lot of our household media selection challenges, but it’s yet to resolve this one. Movie selection criteria Your kids will find this movie Appropriate Inappropriate Interesting Movies with animals that can [...]

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A techsperiment that puts family tech use in a new light

June 23, 2010

Last week we conducted a techsperiment on eliminating gadgets from our family time: we swore off using iPhones, iPads and computers from the time we got home (5 or 6) until the time the kids were asleep (8 or 9). We did pretty well during the week, and discovered that our family time was more [...]

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For Oprah.com: Should you get an iPad for kids?

May 31, 2010

This post for Oprah.com lists the 5 questions to ask about using an iPad for kids, so you can decide whether to get one for your family.

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My latest for Oprah.com: Is an iPad Right for Your Family?

May 19, 2010

“I got an iPad!” my daughter announces to a friend. “No honey, I got an iPad,” I remind her. The argument over who the iPad belongs to is just one of the many wrinkles in our new life as The iPad Family. Self-serve movie watching, GodFinger addiction, bedtime stories that read themselves — these are [...]

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On Oprah.com: 6 ways to be a better parent online

April 2, 2010

If it takes a village to raise a child, that village no longer needs to be defined by the place you happen to live. This post for Oprah.com shows how to find online support to help you be a better parent online and offline.

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