Plopping our kids down in front of a TV, computer or phone screen isn’t exactly our favorite thing to do. After all, too much screen time can slow
language development, impede academic achievement and contribute to obesity.
But our family has found that, given the right amount of parental supervision (and a little luck too), kids’ screen experiences can be
fun, helpful, or educational…
…sometimes in ways you’d never expect!
Case in point:
Continue reading How ‘Draw Something’ taught our child to read
Over the last year, our family watched a whole bunch of Peanuts holiday specials – on
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day – and we wrote down all the amazingly adorable things our kids said about them.
Well now we’re back to cover the one big Charlie Brown special we missed!
So without further ado, here’s how our now-five-year-old daughter Sammy and her nearly three-year-old brother Freddy reacted when we showed them
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for the very first time!
(We think it’s a real treat!)
Continue reading A five-year-old reacts to ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’
So how long do you think it should take to potty train a child? A month? A year? Approximately for-freaking-ever?
Well you could do it that way. Or you could save yourself some serious time and do it like we did.
We’ve potty trained two kids –
in a total of two days.
That’s right, people. Twenty-four hours a tot.
Let that sink in for just a moment…
Continue reading Potty Training in One Day: a review of a thing you would never believe is possible until you actually do it yourself
Now that The Doctor has spent a solid 27 months of her life carrying and delivering three adorable little babies for our family, last Friday marked The Dad’s turn to finally take one for the team.
So he got a vasectomy.
And as a public service to all the dads out there who might be wondering, “What is getting a vasectomy really like?” – he decided
to live-tweet the whole thing.
In case you missed out on this once-in-a-lifetime Twitter party as it happened, here’s a recap of how
@DoctorAndDad‘s #VasectomyLiveTweet went down. Keep reading to see everything The Dad posted that day, plus get some exclusive, behind-the-scenes info from him that’ll show you the full story of what really happened – between the tweets! Here’s what happened when I decided to live-tweet my vasectomy (by The Dad)
Continue reading What it’s like to live-tweet a vasectomy
Let’s play a word association game! We’ll show you a word, and then you say the first thing that comes to your mind. Ready? Here’s your word:
So what did that make you think of? We’re guessing it might have been any or all of the following:
Hold My Hand
That video with Dan Marino in it
College dorm parties
Greatest music of our generation
Cheesy 1990s pop garbage at its worst
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Spoiler alert! If you’re a friend or family member of ours, and you’re a parent, and we give you a gift any time soon, it’ll probably be this:
Why are we going to give you this “
One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book” thing?
Because it’s pretty much the best gift for parents ever.
Well, technically it’s the
second best gift for parents ever, since the prize for best gift for parents ever already goes to our book – . If you haven’t bought Think Like a Baby: 33 Simple Research Experiments You Can Do at Home to Better Understand Your Child’s Developing Mind that gift for your favorite moms and dads already, then you should definitely pick them up a copy. You’ll (and we’ll) be glad you did.
But the next gift you give
after that one should definitely be a One Line a Day journal.
Continue reading One Line a Day Journal Review: the best Mommy or Daddy gift EVER
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us! That means love is in the air, and yet another
Peanuts holiday special is airing on TV.
So just like we did on
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, the Doctor and the Dad sat down this week with our four-year-old daughter Sammy and her two-year-old brother Freddy to let them watch “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” for the very first time.
(Then we secretly wrote down all the ridiculously cute things they said during the show.)
love their comments as much as we did!
Continue reading A four-year-old reacts to ‘Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown’