Are slings a simple solution for babies with colic?

If your newborn cried for more than 3 hours, more than 3 days for more than 3 weeks then your pediatrician was likely to hold colic responsible. While it can be comforting to know why your little one is in such distress, the diagnosis of colic still leaves much to be explained since there is no one proven cause of colic. Without knowing what is causing the problem, it can be quite difficult to prevent…Read More

Of classes and birthday party invitations…

School is just starting up and one of the questions that’s arisen in our new first grade class already is the whole question of party invitations. If you have young children and they go to a school where the teachers consciously try to create an optimal environment, I bet you already know what I’m talking about. The core question: if you have, say, 25 children in your kid’s class, who do you — and don’t…Read More

80% of children under two watch HOW much media per day?

I realize that we’re an outlier in the entire TV and media discussion because we don’t watch any TV at all. That’s right. When they’re deathly sick we might okay a video once in a blue moon, but I estimate that our three children, ages 2, 6, 9, watch less than twenty hours of TV/movies annually, and zero video or computer games. Usually when I tell people that they gasp and act uncomfortable, immediately trotting…Read More

When did Halloween become so darn dangerous?

A couple of things I’ve read today, All Hallow’s Eve, have really stuck with me and made me really wonder about the state of our society. First, I was reading through a local guide to Halloween events and was struck by the fact that each of those listed had the word “safe” in its title. But why do we need to know that the event is safe in the first place? Because, of course, there’s…Read More

Dave’s secret trick for calming a hysterical child

Tonight’s bedtime was about as bad as it gets. My parents are visiting from out of town, so we had unusual disruptions from the routine, but more importantly, A-, our 8yo, has terrible allergies this time of year, so she was sneezy, sniffly and generally cranky and miserable this evening. Usually we try to get the kids into bed, lights off, by 7.30, the latest, but tonight we didn’t get to bed until about 8.20…Read More

How Come Parents Never Talk About Parenting?

I met a fellow father this morning for tea and we chatted about what we were working on and shared the ups and downs of fatherhood, but afterwards it struck me that we didn’t talk about parenting itself. We talked about being parents and about our children, yes, but not about parenting. So I spent today thinking about the difference, and then just happened to get a message from a new reader who asked “what…Read More

On Halloween, the Candy Fairy Visited Our House!

While I’d like to think that I’m not a complete curmudgeon, I have to admit that many of the most popular holidays in the United States aren’t ones that I enjoy or particularly want my children to participate in. For example, I’ve already written about how Mother’s Day is a bit daft – see Happy Mother’s Day? – because people should be thankful of each other every day, but given the time of year, the…Read More