Welcome to a brand new feature here at The Doctor + The Dad: The Not-So-Easy Reader!
As parents, we always love to see our kids take an interest in reading and writing – since building those skills now can lead to greater success in school, work and overall happiness throughout their lives.
The only problem?
Continue reading Not-So-Easy Reader #1
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
The Doctor and the Dad are back with another article on the PBS Parents website, and this one’s all about the big game. No, we’re not talking about the Super Bowl, going rhinoceros hunting, or this ridiculous looking Samuel L. Jackson movie.
We’re talking about the games your family plays together as part of a fun and unforgettable Family Game Night – and all the really BIG benefits they can give your kids!
Read our article to learn about which games can help your kids in areas like:
And Emotional Well-Being
Or just watch that Samuel L. Jackson movie to see a little boy shoot a bow and arrow at an airplane or something.
If you like the other stuff we write, we think you’ll like this article too. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out now!
“Bringing Back Family Game Night” by Amber and Andy Ankowski
Today’s question might just be the very best question the Doctor + Dad have ever received.
A competitive edge seems to have just popped up in my preschool-aged daughter and her buds. Like who’s the tallest, fastest, strongest, etc. What’s the deal with that?
Well Ashleigh, we know what you mean. Just like Charlie Sheen during a career-threatening psychological breakdown, our four-year-old daughter is pretty big into “winning” these days too.
Continue reading Is my kid becoming too competitive?
So your little ones want to play a board game, but you’d rather not expose them to the high fructose corn syrup fantasy world perpetuated by Candy Land, or to Trouble’s sexually suggestive “Pop-O-Matic” bubble? We’ve all been there.
Thankfully, here’s a game you can let your kids play that will keep their souls innocent – yet give their math skills some serious experience.
Continue reading Playtime! Activity: Add ‘Em Up