Category Archive for: ‘Parenting’

Making Memories: “Elf on the Shelf” Mania is Even More Fun for Photo-Crazy Dad

By now, you surely must know some parents deeply immersed in “The Elf on the Shelf,” a best-selling children’s book and toy that has become a month-long endurance test of holiday spirit and creativity. The Elf, who gets named by the children in the household, is supposedly a “scout” or spy for Santa, reporting on the behavior of the kids …

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fatherhood is not about cloning ourselves – even though it can be fun trying!

As Father’s Day approaches and I think about whether my own Dad would prefer a gift certificate to Home Depot or one from Lowe’s, I’ve been thinking a lot about how today’s Dads are a brand new breed.  We’re the first grown-ups to have been raised on video games, although our kids might yawn at the graphics we thought were …

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think outside the box: daring your kids to dream!

Summer’s rapidly approaching and if you’re not shipping off the kids to overnight camp, it’s a certainty that there will be at least a few days when you hear the most dreaded words in the English language…. MOMMY/DADDY, I’M BORED! When that day comes, tell them the story of 9-year-old Caine Monroy. Caine spends a lot of time hanging around …

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Creativity, Kids and Steve Jobs

In all the Steve Jobs tributes I’ve read, there’s one constant theme that’s been sticking with me. Jobs says his pancreatic cancer gave him focus and clarity as to what was really important in his life. According to The New York Times, he recently told his personal physician that being a father was his most important accomplishment. “Steve made choices,” …

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Wall Stickers to Help You Decorate for Fall

In some parts of the country, the Changing of the Leaves has officially begun. While we’ve never officially been “leafers” – the moniker assigned to folks who travel specifically to peep the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows at the height of an area’s foliage season – we admire the leafer culture and how nicely tourism boards support such an active …

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Emmy Recap: Celebrating our own Modern Families!

You know that silly question of which child or grandchild you like the best? That’s how I felt watching the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category during last night’s Emmy Awards. Four actors from “Modern Family” were up for the honor — Ty Burrell (Phil) Ed O’Neill (Jay), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell) and Eric Stonestreet (Cameron) — as …

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3 Ideas for Apple-Inspired Wall Decals

WallCandy Arts loves apple season. Our kids are crazy about apple slices, apple cider, apple-based desserts, and afternoon trips to the orchard (here in New York, you can’t throw an apple between Buffalo and Staten Island without hitting an orchard). We’re happy with the apple love around our houses because, no matter which variety we choose, apples are a golden …

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What to do on a Rainy Day – Five Simple Indoor Activities for Kids

“Mom, can I go outside now?” During the summer months, my friend Ann’s two daughters pose this question as early as 6 a.m. almost every day. The youngest one, Emma, opens her eyes to begin planning her outdoor day the second the sun hits the horizon. The eldest, Jane, joins her sister an hour or two later, delayed only by …

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Stumped on Gift Ideas for Mom? Ask the Cat for Mother's Day Advice!

A few of my mother’s most motherly qualities also make her impossible to shop for. She’s selfless, giving, and a longtime expert accumulator of the ultimate just-in-case stockpile, from first aid and batteries to wrapping paper and working ink pens to flood insurance and paper shredder gear grease. Her luxury retail addictions are localized to two manageable arenas: drugstores and …

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