Articles about: "reading"

What the Super Bowl means to our family

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Here’s what happened when a family of five reflected on the true meaning of this country’s most celebrated sporting event.

Another Super Bowl is nearly upon us. And folks young and old are all scrambling to get ready for the big game.

The Doctor and Dad household is no exception. But before we kicked off this year’s festivities, we thought it might be nice if we and the kids took a few moments during dinner to thoughtfully discuss what exactly this Super Bowl thing is all about.

Sound like a nice topic for a good, old-fashioned family debate? We thought so too. So here’s what happened when we asked our family:

“What does the Super Bowl mean to you?”

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An ‘Interview with a Toddler,’ with a good lesson for parents

The Doctor and Dad family has been sick with the stomach flu all week, so we’re keeping things light (much like the only food we can keep down at the moment).

We invite you to kick back, relax, and enjoy the best kid-related comedy we’ve seen in a while:

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Book Review: ‘Last Night I Had a Laughmare’ by J.E. Laufer

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We’re reviewing gifts this holiday season! We’ve already told you about the best and second best gifts for parents ever, and now we’ve got a one for the kids in your life. Last Night I Had a Laughmare, written by J.E. Laufer and illustrated by Jeff Yesh, is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fantastical land called “Gigglyville.”

Laufer was inspired to write the book when she woke up one morning laughing in her sleep. She called it a “laughmare” and created a dreamland that would leave kids laughing too.

Our family has visited Gigglyville many times now, and here’s what we each had to say about the book:

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How ‘Draw Something’ taught our child to read

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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:

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D+D on tour

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This week, the Doctor and the Dad are experiencing life on the road.

That’s right, we’re heading to the Fairview Branch of the Santa Monica Library for a Thursday evening book talk and signing, then we’re packing everything up and heading all the way across town for another book talk and signing at Flintridge Books in La Cañada on Saturday.

Two events. Thirty miles apart. In just three days.

It’s a real grind, people.

But you know what’s going to help us get through it? Knowing that we get to see your beautiful faces when we get there. (Yes, we’re talking about you, Gorgeous.)

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Two little kids read a parenting book … in their own words!

Haven’t gotten around to reading our parenting book, Think Like a Baby: 33 Simple Research Experiments You Can Do at Home to Better Understand Your Child’s Developing Mind yet?

Today’s your lucky day.

That’s because we’re giving you an exclusive reading of the book people are calling “super fun,” “fascinating,” “an easy read” and “the perfect baby shower gift!”

For the record, the reading’s not by us – it’s by our kids. And even though they make up nearly all the words they say in it, we still think it’s pretty darn good.

By the way, if you have read our book but haven’t gotten around to writing a review of it yet, please do! We’d love to hear what you think about Think Like a Baby on the Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads websites – and we’re sure our potential customers would too.

Thanks, everybody!

You’re the best!

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The top 3 reasons children’s bookstores are the best

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Spoiler alert: They’re gonna’ kiss.

Want to know why we think children’s bookstores are so great? Check out our top three reasons right here!

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Children’s bookstores are filled with books. And books are pretty amazing for your kids’ language development, literacy skills, imagination and lots of other stuff.

Duh.
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