Read some articles from back issues of the print edition and supplemental content.
It was midnight. Three other fathers and I were sitting around a campfire, talking, drinking illicit beer and staring into the flames. We were on a YMCA Adventure Guides camp-out. Our kids were asleep in the cabin, their marshmallow-smeared faces glued to their pillows.
Susan’s 7-year-old daughter, Kylie, has lots of friends. She plays soccer, swims, and sings in the choir. She likes to help her teachers and is the first one in class to raise her hand to volunteer. Even her parents’ divorce two years ago doesn’t seem to have had major repercussions: She merrily goes to her father’s house every other weekend and gets along well with her new step-siblings. To everyone who knows her, she’s the model of a well-adjusted child.
Here are some tips for getting unplugged on vacation, and some trip ideas that will keep you and your family engaged with each other and the world around you.
It’s spring! As Earth Day approaches, the bulbs are bursting, the trees are budding, and many families are preparing to welcome their newest addition. We all want the best for our new babes, but the high cost of buying solely organic products can seem downright prohibitive to families on a budget—especially in this economy. Is there an eco-friendly, budget-friendly solution? Yes!
“Tell me a story about The Green Man Goes Trick-or-Treating.” When my daughter Sally was 3, that’s what she’d demand every night at bedtime for about a year. The Green Man is a weathered bronze statue of a soldier that stands on a big rock about two blocks from our house. I’d tell Sally bedtime stories in which the statue comes to life and has adventures with her.
Supplying children with a more solid understanding of finances in this current economic world should not only help them understand the concept, but may even make the lives of parents a little easier. Parents know money really does not grow on trees, magically appear, or is available in never-ending supply (at least not for the majority of the population), but children have no clue. Some of the best lessons are learned through first-hand experiences. Helping children understand the basics while applying the principles, could go a long way towards keeping them financially healthy in the future.
Saying good-bye to a dear friend, and family member, is always hard for little ones. Actually, it can be quite difficult for grown-ups too! But, teaching the circle of life can provide helpful insight and make the process easier to understand and accept, even to the youngest of young.
Electronic waste, or “e-waste” as it’s called, is a growing problem in the United States and abroad, as obsolete or broken computers and other electronic equipment are taking up increasingly precious amounts of landfill space and potentially leaking hazardous substances into surrounding ecosystems.
It happens to everyone (for some more than others)... We look around, and realize, life is TOTALLY out of balance!! For some, its obvious when the shift happens, but for most, the shift is a subtle, quiet, and sometime even seductive change to the dance steps that we don't even notice takes place.