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No, you shouldn’t correct your kid’s spelling mistakes

It was the third Sunday in June when I opened an envelope to discover one of the sweetest notes I had ever received. Next to a curly-haired stick figure with a fiendish grin was scrawled a note: "Happy Phothersday DADDY." Father's Day! My brilliant editor's brain instantly translated the terrible spelling with all the alacrity of British code-br ...read more

Five tips for dads in talking with tweens about sex

Curl up with a hardcover dictionary and flip through the pages. You'll soon find that a pussy is a young cat and a cock is a grown rooster. A tit is a small songbird and an ass is a stubborn mule. Now try typing those terms into an online search engine, and you'll get a quick lesson in graphic anatomy, and probably have to run an anti-virus scru ...read more

Four reasons to teach your kid to use power tools

My 9-year-old son pushed the growling lawnmower across our modest lawn, grunting as he struggled to make the sharp turn at the edge of the yard. A pair of passing pedestrians raised their eyebrows as I quickly bent to grab the electric cord out of his path before he sliced the wire. Had I been wrong to agree when he asked to try running this dan ...read more

Pro tips on recruiting the kids for party prep

The winter holidays are a time of magic, warmth, generosity and one more thing – stress. Trying to clean and decorate your home while still keeping an eye on excited kids can bring even a pro dad to his knees. But whether you've got a studio apartment in the city or a single-family home in the suburbs, there are some tested tips for keeping ki ...read more

Five ways to teach your kids about holiday charity

It's great to be a dad during the holidays. You get to play Santa, hang wreathes with blinking lights and tip-toe around the house at night placing presents under the tree. But amid the excitement of seeing kids claiming their Christmas-morning booty, there is a tougher challenge to meet – how to teach your kids about charity. Requests for ...read more

When do most kids get a cell phone or start dating?

It might be easy to pretend you're the all-powerful parent when it comes to getting your kids to do their homework and chores, but you may be confused when it comes to more complex things like getting a cell phone and smoking. In these cases, you should know when the average kids start doing things so you can be a more effective dad.Cell p ...read more

What’s the risk you’ll be falsely accused of shaken baby syndrome?

As a father, it's your worst nightmare - not only is your child injured, but you are being accused of hurting him or her. While you probably love your kids too much for this to seem realistic, the Medill University Justice Project found in a review of criminal records that more than 3,000 infants are harmed in shaken-baby syndrome cases each ye ...read more

3 things to do when mom’s away

You and your wife operate as a team, but when she takes an extended vacation, you suddenly have to take care of the kids all by yourself. Take a deep breath and realize that a weekend without mom is a great opportunity for you to bond with your kids like never before. Check out these three things all fathers should do with their kids when mom's ...read more

5 apps to delete from your kids’ phones

As a father, sometimes you might think that the world was a lot simpler when you were growing up. Now, your kids have iPads, iPhones, Xbox 360s and who knows what else. While most of your kids' devices are just harmless toys, you should be wary when it comes to how your kids spend their time on their smartphones.Texting and sharing picture ...read more

10 reasons you should enroll your kid in music class today

As a father, you can't overlook your kids' mental development. While teaching them lessons and showing them how to interact with others is a good start, there are other ways fathers can help their kids grow as well. One of the most overlooked forms of child development is exposure and participation in music.Learning how to play an instrumen ...read more

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