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Foster an Attitude of Gratitude This Thanksgiving

By James Shaw | November 24, 2019 |

The busy holiday season is almost upon us, but before all the shopping and parties arrive, there’s Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s a celebration, but this simple American tradition is also perfectly poised to offer a day of respite and reflection before the big gift-giving season comes next month. The act of giving thanks is definitely one…

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Screen Time and Parents: Do You Need to Cut Back?

By James Shaw | November 19, 2019 |

By now you’ve probably heard quite a bit about the dangers of too much screen time for young children. We’ve done two episodes on it. NPR’s Anya Kamenetz talked with us about real things parents should consider and Dr. Jordan Shapiro says we should teach our kids how to have a healthy relationship with screens.…

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Teens, Tech & Food – The Connection Between Your Phone and Your Health

By James Shaw | November 15, 2019 |

Is your cell phone making you fat? It just may be according to new study. Here’s the truth… we’re on our phones, computers and using screens a lot. It’s a part of life. We use it to stay in touch, get information, find directions, play games and more. It turns out that the more you…

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Dads Are Parents Too – A Message for America’s Schools

By James Shaw | November 5, 2019 |

The school nurse called this week. Our second grader fell and hit her mouth on a desk. She’s fine. It was no big deal. She didn’t need to come home. The nurse just wanted us to know. Well… she wanted one of us to know and that one was mom. I was out of town…

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4 Ways Halloween Brings Out the Best in Dads

By James Shaw | October 26, 2019 |

Halloween week is here! It’s the only time of year when zombies, princesses, and giant T-Rex’s can walk the streets in harmony. On its surface, Halloween is an easy holiday; snag a costume, and you’re done. But a lot goes into making Halloween a safe and successful night for your kids. Put on that superhero…

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Be the Rad Dad on Campus

By James Shaw | October 23, 2019 |

Want to Be the Rad Dad on Campus? Just Show Up! The school year is underway and that means back to the trenches for moms who want to be actively involved in their kids’ schools. There are fundraisers to spearhead, volunteers to recruit, teacher goodies to assemble, field trips to chaperone, reading and math buddies…

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Top Traits of a Superhero Dad

By James Shaw | October 12, 2019 |

Dads are not always fun. Sometimes they bore us to snores. Sometimes they’re bossy. Aren’t these super-mean sentiments sometimes directed towards super-powerful beings? The truth is, dads are superheroes. We often fight to keep our families safe. We smile in the face of life’s monsters. We show compassion, love, and empathy when things are bleak.…

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How Paid Paternity Leave Helps Families Thrive

By James Shaw | July 31, 2019 |

Is living in the United States making it harder to raise a family? Many parents say yes due no standard for paid leave. Under federal law, new parents– moms and dads– have access to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Companies can choose to offer paid leave, but the federal government doesn’t guarantee time away from…

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9 Common Mistakes Dads Make

By James Shaw | July 19, 2019 |

Let’s face it: being a dad can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in life. However, at the same time, it’s never a walk in the park. It can be challenging to take care of kids and keep them healthy, well-fed, safe, and loved, while also ensuring that you nurture them in just the…

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7 Healthy Eating Tips for Families on the Go

By James Shaw | July 10, 2019 |

The busy, crazy schedules found in many homes today make it challenging for families to eat healthy. When time is short, it’s always a temptation to pick up burgers, pizza or some kind of take-out meals. However, when fast food becomes a habit, nutrition suffers and the costs mount. Fortunately, a little planning and forethought…

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