The first question most parents ask when it comes to teens and video games is whether the game is appropriate. Video games are often stereotyped as violent, but more and more of them are challenging that old association. Many games feature complex, nuanced storytelling. They educate players about important topics like free will, gender politics and self-expression, and teach … [Read more...] about Seven Parent-Approved Games Your Teens Should Be Playing
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Despite all of the craziness of the holidays, with the gift-buying and the bringing paper goods for class parties and the present-wrapping and the cooking and the hemorrhaging of cash, I actually really do enjoy this time of the year. I like how, during the holidays, I’m forced to spend time thinking about the people I love and what might delight them. I like being aware of … [Read more...] about Why I Love the End of the Year
In the United States, only 1 in 100 dads take more than four weeks off from work following a baby's birth. For comparison, about 50% of employed new mothers take the same time off to care for a new baby. In fact, working moms step out of work for an average of 10 weeks to care for a newborn. There are, of course, many reasons more moms take family leave vs. dads. For … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t More American Dads Taking Paternity Leave?
Meredith O'Brien, a longtime ModernMom contributor, explores the idea of blogging - and where to draw the line between sharing personal anecdotes and overharing in her new novel. Below is an adapted excerpt from Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing by Meredith O’Brien (used with permission from Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. 2013): Maggie Kelly -- a married, Boston area mom … [Read more...] about Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing
The following is a guest post by Annie Horcasitas of Real Mommy Chronicles Weddings can be stressful, destination weddings even more stressful. Attending a destination wedding while pregnant? You're probably going to wish you were allowed to take some Xanax. So let me lower your stress and anxiety a bit. Grab a cupcake, put your (swollen) feet up, and … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Survive a Destination Wedding When You’re Expecting