Today’s “Ask the Doctor and the Dad” question has been a long time coming:
Is it okay for parents to cry in front of their kids? And does it make a difference whether it’s a mom or dad doing the crying? I usually manage to keep my emotions in check, but not this week.
– A Dad From Cleveland
Thanks for the heartfelt question, Dad From Cleveland.
Remember trying to solve riddles back when you were a kid? No, not the riddle of how to tease your bangs taller than Lisa Turtle’s or how to do that two-man Kid N’ Play dance without falling flat on your face.
We’re talking about those brain-bending word puzzles that force you think about a problem from more than one angle – and sometimes for more than one day – until eventually, enlighteningly, you finally figure them out.
Now that you’re a parent, you can get a whole new perspective on riddles. Because riddles are not only amusing mental games – they’re also a great way to get into your kid’s head!
Who It’s For: Kids ages 3 and up
What They’ll Learn: Problem solving, flexible thinking, how to be playful with language
Are you one of the approximately 85 billion people out there1 who have helped a recent YouTube commercial for GoldieBlox become a viral video sensation? In it, three young girls turn their entire house and all of its contents into an impressively elaborate Rube Goldberg machine, they sing a Beastie Boys song with new lyrics denouncing traditional “girl toys” like princesses, and they try to sell you some other toys that will apparently turn your daughter into an engineer.