Maybe you've read the best-seller, The Dangerous Book For Boys -- a collection of tongue-in-cheek advice for boys on topics such as how to climb a tree, build a go-kart and grow a crystal. If you have (or haven't), you can now watch the television series based on it. But first, you should listen to our latest Modern Dads Podcast featuring one of the show's young stars, Gabriel Bateman. The series, debuting on Amazon Prime March 30, follows the McKenna family as it copes with the untimely passing of patriarch Patrick (Chris Diamantopoulos), a whimsical inventor who touched the … [Read more...]
Parental burnout is real. A Belgium study of more than 2,000 moms and dads, published in 2017 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, found that 12.9% of mothers and 11.6% of fathers in the group had what the authors labeled as "high burnout." At least once a week, these parents experienced feelings of exhaustion, were less productive and competent, and emotionally withdrawn -- symptoms the researchers equated to what professionals feel when they hit the wall at their jobs. While her book may be titled Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the … [Read more...]
On the same day President Trump reportedly said “s---hole” countries in Africa were inferior sources for future American immigrants, my 12th-grade daughter was starting to read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in English class. The juxtaposition was too much.Conrad’s British novel indicts the racism of European imperialism in Africa in the late 1800s, specifically during the ivory trade. Ironically, however, many readers consider the novel a racist text because of the way it backgrounds Africa, stereotypes the “primitive” natives, and treats the whole continent as a blank slate for the white … [Read more...]
Catering to a needy baby or toddler can turn any parent into a sleep-deprived, stressed out zombie. Maybe that's all part of their evil plan? Husband-and-wife team Mike and Heather Spohr try to help moms and dads stave off an invasion of the heart, mind and body by going through the funny bone with their new book, The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed. The couple discusses their book and their own parenting experiences when they join City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea for chat on the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast. The Toddler Survival … [Read more...]
Screen time -- how much is too much for children when everywhere you go -- including the classroom -- you find a television, computer, gaming system, tablet or smartphones?
NPR Digital Education Correspondent Anya Kamenetz thinks she has the answer for you beleaguered fathers and mothers.
The award-winning journalist and author appears on the latest edition of the Modern Dads Podcast to offer practical advice and research findings from her new book, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life.
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