My son loves to travel. He got that love to travel from his parents. A few years ago, my son and I took a road trip together—just the two of us. We hit some great Western states and tourist stops. We drove a lot in those twelve days. My son was eleven. We had taken many family trips before that age, but I feel that trip really made my son into a vacation-lover. A … [Read more...] about Autism and Vacations
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I grew up in the technology boom, fascinated by all the latest and greatest things from accessible cell phones to Friendster (totally dating myself) – and have loved every second of it. My personal and professional lives have been forever changed by the evolution of technology, and I’m thrilled that my kids will have access to these incredibly powerful devices and tools – … [Read more...] about Smartphones and Kids: Worth the Wait
When I was growing up, “homework time” looked like this: books and papers spread across the kitchen table, TV turned off and all other distractions kept to a minimum, including phone calls with friends (on the shared family phone with the eternally tangled chord). Mom-enforced. Fast forward several decades. Recently, I went upstairs to check on my 17-year-old son, who was … [Read more...] about Smart Phones are Smart for Homework Time, Too
We recently went on a family ski trip that involved very little skiing. Mother Nature has not been well behaved, so we had no snow and conditions were not even cold enough for the snow-making machines to do their thing. So, we spent our ski trip doing a lot of alternative activities – bowling, walking, card-playing, movie-watching, and video game-playing. We also did a lot … [Read more...] about 5 Teenage Rules – Who Knew?
Parents, the Internet safety struggle is real – and even impacts celebrity parents. Last week at the BlogHer conference in New York City, Gwyneth Paltrow actually said something parents can relate to: "Obviously the Internet and Internet safety is a huge thing for any parent. It completely freaks me out.” She went on to discuss how she’s given both her 11-year-old daughter and … [Read more...] about THE [Internet Safety] Talk: Have it Now