Tag Archives: parenting

Don’t throw out the box!

I admit it – I’m something of a hoarder. I’m alway saving those extra screws that come with “some assembly required” furniture or hanging on to old electronics cables on the theory that they might be useful some day. Most of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A phantom zone for kids’ toys and artwork

“Jeremy, why is there a kid’s bath toy in the closet?” my wife asked me this morning. “I’m trying to get rid of it,” I answered. No further explanation needed. My wife knew exactly what I was up to. The item … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Parenting Milestone: Breaking out of a child’s irrational obsession

While my son’s 4th birthday crossed many traditional milestones, like trading in car seats for booster seats, I’m more excited about a much simpler one: he is now willing to eat breakfast with a different spoon. For the last several years, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

If the kid won’t go to bed, channel his energy into something useful

After six years of parenting, bedtime remains a daily nightmare. We have two kids, ages six and (almost) four, so you would think that we would have gotten it under control by now. The problem isn’t so much our technique, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

I sent my 6 year old daughter to walk around the block by herself, and nothing bad happened

We spent several days last week at my parent’s house in the town of Brighton, a suburb of Rochester, New York.  As we walked around the quiet neighborhood I grew up in, I was flooded with memories of walking around … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Shortcut: trick a kid into taking her medicine with developmental psychology

This was a simple little trick to get a kid to take her medicine, but it worked so well, I thought it was worth sharing. My six-year-old daughter Ayelet was sent home from school with a fever on Tuesday. They … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Answered: What’s inside a Crest “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tube

Have you seen the “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tubes from Crest? Rather than being a flexible tube that crumples as you use it, they are a more rigid tube that always stands nicely on the sink counter. They claim that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Parenting Milestone: An independent child is a safer child

Milestones come in all shapes and sizes, and we had another one this past Sunday. I sent my six year old daughter Ayelet into the women’s locker room to change by herself. This may not seem like much, but to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The vanishing art of handwriting

As a child I spent years practicing how to write words on a sheet of paper. Aside from English and history classes, every homework assignment through college was done with a pencil in my hand. Now, just about the only … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Today’s Legos have too many specialty pieces, and how I’m fixing it for my own kids

Like many parents, I want my kids to experience some of the memories I cherish most from my own childhood, and this means having a great Lego collection in the house. I spent thousands of hours as a kid building … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment