DEAR SMARTIES: I feel very sorry for all people who were caught in Bernard Madoff's scheme. Obviously, some very smart people were completely fooled by him, such as advisors to Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Patti Handy has heard the story all too often - a teenager overdrafts several times in one day after swiping their debit card at the mall, Starbucks Coffee and lunch with friends. All the while, the teen is unaware they didn't have enough money in their bank account. A $4 vanilla latte becomes a $49 pain-in-the-wallet fee owed to the bank, added to four more $25-35 fees.
Just because a toast is usually shorter than a regular speech does not mean it won't bring up those frightening feelings of public speaking - fear, nervousness and next-to-death panic. Being on the receiving end of a toast can bring up some self-conscious feelings, too.
Alexa Sutherland, 12, cannot participate in physical education with the rest of her class. Caitlin Ryan, 12, has already had a hip replacement. Mikayla Minnig, 12, had to stop cheerleading for a while.
Many parents are expressing their concern about their teens' exposure to media, which hinders communication. Studies indicate teens spend 53 hours a week immersed in electronic media, and many parents are finding it more difficult to talk with their teens.
Come spring in the Santa Clarita Valley, butterflies fly free across the schoolyards as teachers at area elementary schools release hundreds grown in classrooms - part of the life-cycle science-education curriculum.
What does breakfast look like at your house? A quick toaster pastry or fast food sandwich? Or, perhaps there's no breakfast at all.
The Tilles family walked by mud pots as the sulfuric stench surrounded them at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Since manners don't take a summer vacation, it's helpful to think about how we can manage through these warm months.
Dear Smarties: I've been feeling kind of guilty that I've been cutting back on my spending, as far as the economy is concerned. After 9/11, we thought it was our patriotic duty to go out and spend. We probably overdid it. But what about now, that the economy is sluggish? I read that economists are upset that consumers aren't spending enough. - Guilty in Glendale
DEAR SMARTIES: My husband and I both came from very poor families. Our childhoods were miserable. We both worked hard all our lives, and now are retired and fairly secure.
Parents know how frustrating it can be to get their children to try and enjoy new foods. In fact, a recent survey showed more than 68 percent of registered dietitians who counsel new parents frequently receive questions about getting finicky eaters to eat at mealtime. As a nutrition expert, chef and mom of two boys, Robin Miller - host of "Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller" on Food Network - understands the challenge of preparing ...
Yoti Telio was just 6 when he learned the value of a family portrait. His father, a photographer in Bucharest, Romania, was hired to photograph a wedding and enlisted his young son's help. Up to a 100 or more guests, mostly relatives, young and old, gathered in front of the church as the elder Telio readied his camera from a ladder set 100 feet away. Based on his father's hand signals, Telio would straighten ties ...
When the final segment of an interview process occurs at a dining table, how do you maintain your advantage? Many decisions regarding your future with a company may be finalized in this setting.
As the summer begins, there are barbecues, parties, holidays, and all kinds of get-togethers.
When I was a child, back in the Parenting Stone Age (a.k.a. the Parentocentric Era), your parents were the most important people in the family. They paid the bills, bought your clothes, prepared the food you ate, took care of you when you were sick, drove you to where you needed to be, tucked you in, and kissed you good night. They were essential.
Q: Is it okay to start teaching our 1 year old how to play independently? He screams and cries when I put him in any type of enclosure if he can't get "free" (even when I arrange the furniture in a way that he has a very ample play area). Is there a method to teach him how to play by himself for at least a little bit? It seems I am following him around ...
Q: It seems our 1 year old is showing willful disobedience. We tell him "no" and try to redirect but he does the same things over and over again. The things in question include turning over and not being cooperative when I'm trying to change him, slapping us in the face, and standing up during bath time. I'm trying to be creative with ways to entertain him and make things fun but am getting weary. Any advice on how I can correct him?
Q: Our 7-year-old son is very negative about everything. He's a middle child, so that may have something to do with it, but everyone else in the family is very happy, positive, optimistic, and so on. He never has anything positive to say about anything. Things the rest of us enjoy he says are "stupid" or "dumb." We raise all of our kids the same, so we don't understand where the negativity is coming from, ...
One of the reasons-it's probably in the top three reasons, in fact-that parents fail at solving discipline problems is they try to solve too many at once. In so doing, they scatter their disciplinary energy too thinly and end up solving none. The only thing they accomplish is getting more frustrated and more convinced that there is something about their child that renders discipline ineffective-a gene perhaps, inherited from the father (who else?), that causes ...
American parents have been listening to professional psycho-babblers tell them how to raise children since the late 1960s. I was in graduate school at the time, and my professors thought the babblers were geniuses, sent by some New Age divinity to correct all the egregious wrongs parents had done to children since time immemorial. Children were about to enter a Golden Age in which their opinions would not only be listened to but also taken ...
In the seventh grade I was promoted by my peers from president of the class geek-nerd-brainiac society to, well, if not fully cool, then at least on the way. I had discovered two sports I excelled in-golf and baseball-and the girls had discovered that I was one of the best, if not the best, dancer in the class. My classmates began overlooking the fact that I was a straight-A student, always sported a few pimples, and wore thick glasses.
While working in my secret parenting laboratory, hidden deep beneath the earth's surface and accessible only by me and a small, select team of associates, I recently made what I believe is a huge and history-making breakthrough that promises to greatly improve parenting the world over.
Q: In our city, most of the high school seniors participate in "Senior Beach Week" during spring break. They rent beach houses and condos and party like there's no tomorrow. Alcohol, marijuana, and sex abound. Our friends justify allowing their kids to go by saying they have to be trusted sometime. In truth, we all have good kids who have never given us any trouble. They just want to go and be part of the ...
Q: Our 18 month old is a table terror! While I'm preparing dinner, she walks around acting like she's starving, but as soon as we sit her in her highchair she takes a few bites and then wants down, screams, cries, and will sometimes throw food. Through all this, our 5- and 3-year-old try to talk to us but can't get a word in for all the chaos. We absolutely dread eating in a restaurant. How should we address her behavior?
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