A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Scary stats: Kids spend more time with TV than with preschool
Tuesday, 9 Nov, 2010 – 20:13 | One Comment
Scary stats: Kids spend more time with TV than with preschool

I don’t believe much in child-rearing absolutes, except that I absolutely banned Big Guy from watching TV before he was 2.
I am absolutely certain that ban was ignored. Though the baby sitter repeatedly denied it, …

Boy vs. Wild
Wednesday, 31 Mar, 2010 – 11:33 | Comments Off
Boy vs. Wild

This is another fine mess Dad has gotten me into.
Most nights before he deployed, the routine was for Big Guy to take his bath, brush his teeth and then curl up to another heart-warming episode …

They really don’t make them like they used to
Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010 – 12:04 | Comments Off
They really don’t make them like they used to

It was garden-variety stuff – cat chases mouse, cat catches mouse, mouse bonks cat’s head with an iron skillet, dog pummels cat – but I hadn’t heard Big Guy laugh so hard in ages as …

When it comes to media use, I’m going to go down swinging
Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2010 – 19:55 | 2 Comments
When it comes to media use, I’m going to go down swinging

Just when the experts thought kids couldn’t cram a single second more of electronics time into their days comes a study that shows, not only that they can, but that they have.
According to research the …

It turns out that TV isn’t the wonder drug
Monday, 4 Jan, 2010 – 22:06 | 2 Comments
It turns out that TV isn’t the wonder drug

The warnings have been around for years, but they were easily ignored because they were couched in terms of “we think” and “possibly.”
Children might take longer to learn to talk if they spend a lot …

Food for thought, but not for healthy bodies
Monday, 26 Oct, 2009 – 23:12 | Comments Off
Food for thought, but not for healthy bodies

E tu, Cheerios?
I don’t know why I’m surprised. Everyone’s doing it, because children’s cereal is such a lucrative market. I knew you’d jumped the shark with Honey Nut Cheerios, but at least you were up …

You didn’t take that ‘Einstein’ stuff seriously, did you?
Sunday, 25 Oct, 2009 – 22:21 | 4 Comments
You didn’t take that ‘Einstein’ stuff seriously, did you?

The newest marketing pitch from Disney on its “Baby Einstein” line, since the old one has gone down in legal flames: The DVDs are about “fostering parent-child interaction.”
Of course they always have been, a Disney …

Add an inhaler to that TIVO package
Wednesday, 11 Mar, 2009 – 23:04 | Comments Off
Add an inhaler to that TIVO package

Funny how a study that tells us what we largely already know – sitting around can hurt your health – can trigger such skepticism.
That’s how some have reacted to a British Medical Association journal article …

Our little Dora’s all grown up. Too bad
Tuesday, 10 Mar, 2009 – 12:46 | 2 Comments
Our little Dora’s all grown up. Too bad

She takes care of Boots, fights off Swiper, loves her abuela and can fend for herself quite nicely, thank you very much.
Ay, but just as dragons live forever but not so little boys, it seems …

Becoming an active participant in the Claus conspiracy
Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2008 – 12:34 | Comments Off
Becoming an active participant in the Claus conspiracy

I have lost all deniability in the Claus conspiracy, and if the feds come calling I’m toast. My only hope is they’ll find it in their hearts to delay my arraignment until after Christmas.
Even a …

Oh … er, shoot. Potty-mouth TV an issue for the Supremes
Wednesday, 5 Nov, 2008 – 12:23 | Comments Off
Oh … er, shoot. Potty-mouth TV an issue for the Supremes

Disclaimer: I can cuss like a sailor. Probably better than some. A roommate and I once formulated the ultimate swear word, a compilation that would have made George Carlin blush. We could roll it off …

The electronic box of enlightenment
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 19:17 | Comments Off

Once upon a time, in a land long ago with only two broadcast channels that you had to get off the couch to change, there lived a sad little girl. Her family had a television – color, even! – but cartoons were confined to Saturday mornings and a half-hour weekday afternoons.

It was a miserable existence in a desolate land.

The child was forced to set up a play kitchen, from which she prepared scrumptious air cakes. In the summer, she and her friends were reduced to performing backyard concerts – complete with choreography and costumes — for afternoons on end. And as night fell, Red Rover would hold dozens of children hostage in front yards, the torture ending only when parents forced the pitiful creatures indoors.

I’m