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Progressive Dad commercial 2017

“Dad Support Group” ad from Progressive

Progressive has done a far better job on their new campaign for dads than their weird and insulting attempt last year w In last year's "Momeostasis," men became a feminized mom version of themselves as a sign of maturity. In"Dadeostasis" versions, the mom became more masculine like her father.  Both were painful to watch since they seemed to go be ...read more

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Powerful video story on daddy-daughter love

The New York Times ran this "OP-DOC" video today. It's the story of a young woman who leaves her father behind to escape the concentration camps. It doesn't dwell on her guilt but the impossible situation she found herself in, and the message her father gets to her years later. Oddly, this didn't make me cry, but it's a beautiful piece that mana ...read more

teen piercings

When teens want a tattoo

If you have a teen asking you about a piercing, more piercings, or maybe even a tattoo, you'll be interested in the following from the New York Times. And if your kids are still tweeners and aren't yet thinking this way, this is a good time to get ahead of the thinking on this one.High ear piercings are now common, as are nose piercings and other b ...read more

Sexism & Parenting. Protect Your Girls & Boys.

Sexism is all around us. Society's ideas about how women and men should and shouldn't be greatly affects our girls and our boys. As such, it is really helpful for us to know how to protect them. Unfortunately, sexism is also deep within each of us, and thus we have to learn how to protect our kids from ourselves. This week's video explores t ...read more

parent teenagers and tweens

How to Parent a Teenager or Tween

When my daughter rounded the corner into this challenging stage of life, I was really caught off guard. It was like a kick to the gut. I got scared that all the good times of parenthood had ended.  Fortunately, I found some great advice and worked through some of my issues from when I was a poorly raised teenager. It all really helped me be  ...read more

5 most important things parents should do

Top 5 Most Important Things Parents Should Do

I get so many messages about what I should and shouldn't be doing as a parent. Because there are so many ideas, I can lose track of what is really important and end up not doing any of them consciously. This week's video lays out what I see as the 5 most important things parents should do to help keep the priorities straight and thus hopefu ...read more

5 most important things parents should do

Top 5 Most Important Things Parents Should Do

I get so many messages about what I should and shouldn't be doing as a parent. Because there are so many ideas, I can lose track of what is really important and end up not doing any of them consciously. This week's video lays out what I see as the 5 most important things to help you keep the priorities straight and thus hopefully your sanit ...read more

Top 5 Keys to a Well Behaved Kid

It can really drive me nuts when my daughter is 'misbehaving' and not being a helpful member of the family. And then there are those marvelous times when she is flowing with us and we are all working as a team. It is such a great feeling. This week I outline 5 keys to getting your child to work with you rather than against you, and thus supp ...read more

Screens & Kids – A Radical Vision of Balance

I don't know about you, but I find parenting in this age of screens is a bit crazy making. One moment, I am relieved that my daughter is watching a video so I can take some time for myself. The next minute I'm being driven nuts by the pleas for more or frustrated that I can't get her attention. In my struggles and research, I have found thes ...read more

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How to talk to kids about Donald Trump and the election

Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht (1938), the night most people agree was the beginning of the Holocaust. It would be offensive to compare last night's election results to this birthing of evil 78 years ago, yet many people felt something ominous did occur last night. The reaction was beyond the disbelief that many felt when Nixon was re-el ...read more

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