‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Review: Hard Science Over Sentiment


We’re living in the Age of Fatherhood, a time when stay-at-home dads are reinventing the way we consider a man’s nurturing skills. Culture is different than science. Yes, the modern dad is more willing to take on an equal role in parenthood. As a result, both men and women are reconsidering the father’s role in the [...]

Macy’s Wants Students to Go Back to School in Style


Parents aren’t the only ones concerned about back to school styles. Kids today are dressing sharper than ever. Consider Eli, my five year old son with an unerring knack for matching styles, shades and colors. I’d like to say we taught him everything he knows, but he’s been showing off his sartorial skills for some [...]

44 Films Featuring Father-Child Relationships


(Guest post by Brant Skogrand) While the bond between Homer and Bart on “The Simpsons” may be humorous, there are many other screen stories to watch for better examples of father-child relationships. Read on for 44 films in which father-child relationships are a central theme (courtesy of Neil Chethik’s book “FatherLoss: How Sons of All [...]

New Report Ranks States for Asthma, Allergy School Services


Students nationwide are gathering their backpacks and lunch boxes to start a new school year. Will their schools be prepared for those suffering from allergy or asthma issues? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) just released a new report card grading more than 100,000 schools nationwide on these potentially life-threatening issues. The foundation’s 7th [...]

Lessons Men Can Learn from Death of Robin Williams


As soon as I heard how the great Robin Williams died I thought of my recent meeting with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas. The Denver resident is the CEO and co-founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, dedicated to the memory of her brother who lost his battle with bipolar disorder in 2004. We had spoken at [...]

Tips for Encouraging Playground Participation


(Guest post by David Reeves) We still have a few more weeks of summer left, which means it’s time to think about school and what it means for your child, both academically and socially. One aspect of school that is vital to your child’s development, yet often is overlooked, is the time spent on the playground. [...]

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Blu-ray Review


Just because a sequel acknowledges how few follow-ups match the original doesn’t make it any less disappointing. The recent “22 Jump Street” sequel poked fun at itself but managed to be better than the film that inspired it. The same isn’t true for “Muppets Most Wanted,” although families will still enjoy seeing our fine felt friends [...]

Should I Take My Sons to PG:13 Rated Movies (Like ‘TMNT’)?


Having young boys means I get to relive my movie-going past, part of a childhood free of dating, parties and rebellion. While other kids were charging ramps on their dirt bikes I was burning through my parents’ money at the multiplex. Later, as my peers discovered girls, I clung to movies like a dog that [...]