June 25, 2011 |
It’s a lap desk, an easel and a carry-all. It’s Crayola’s new Color Wonder Table Top Easel ($19.99) for tots. Unlatch and open the top of the lap desk, and it forms a pyramid with a finger-paint tray on the inside. The finger-paints show up in color only on the included paper, so spills won’t make a mess on other surfaces. The whole package measures 13 by 10 inches. Info: CrayolaStore.com , (866) 896-5445,
July 8, 2010 |
Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining, "The Kids Are All Right" is an ode to the virtues of family, in this case a surprisingly conventional one even with its two moms, two kids and one sperm donor. Whatever your politics, between peerless performances, lyrical direction and an adventurous script, this is the sort of pleasingly grown-up fare all too rare in the mainstream daze of this very dry summer. Before delving into the layered perfection of Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, let's start by getting past any hesitations or reservations about the lesbian household premise on which "The Kids Are All Right" is based.
HOME & GARDEN
May 26, 2012 |
We're at Cirque du Soleil on the beach, amazed and giggling and holding hands. It's a children's wonderland. We're not children - my husband and I are in our 40s. But we're having the time of our lives, until we recognize a couple we know across the big top … also in their 40s, there with their small children and disapproving looks. We don't have children. We are conspicuously alone, in an altered state, and have been caught falling out of our seats with delight, popcorn spilled in our laps, tears streaming down our cheeks from the sheer joy of it all, not to mention tripping.
December 28, 2012 |
Here we go again. After the tragic school killings in Newtown, Conn., the leader of the National Rifle Assn. offers a perfectly sensible proposal to put cops with guns in every school - and people jump all over him. "A paranoid, dystopian vision," said New York's anti-gun mayor, Michael Bloomberg. "The most revolting, tone-deaf statement I've ever seen," said Sen.-elect Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat. But the only problem I can see with the NRA's proposal is that it doesn't go far enough.
December 24, 2010 |
Here's a holiday classic likely going on in your house right now: Johnny is misbehaving, Mommy is having none of it, Mommy tells Johnny that she's going to tell Santa on him right now . Jen Weigel of the Chicago Tribune writes in this story how it recently played out for her: "Getting my son to be motivated for school in the morning is always a challenge. (He's only 4, so I cringe at my future.) But the other morning, he gave me so much trouble that I did what any mother would do when pressed for time and patience: I played the Santa card.
September 22, 2011 |
Children plagued by the repetitive behaviors, irrational fears and intrusive thoughts of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder often get some relief from widely prescribed antidepressants. But when they also get a form of psychotherapy that teaches them different ways to think about and respond to their fears and compulsions, they get much better, a new study finds. The study extends a finding to children that already has some traction among adults. The nation's 2.2 million adult sufferers of OCD have been shown to respond to cognitive behavioral therapy for the disorder.
August 24, 2012 |
Simple question: How much of a weekly allowance do you give your kids? According to a survey from the American Institute of CPAs , which presumably knows a thing or two about how we use our money, the average allowance these days is $15. Seriously. Fifteen bucks. And as if that wasn't an eye-opening enough number, the CPAs also say that kids aren't even saving their cash. They tend to spend it as quickly as they receive it. "These findings make clear that it can pay to be a kid," says Jordan Amin, chair of the institute's National CPA Financial Literacy Commission.
August 16, 2013 |
Soda has already been blamed for making kids obese. New research blames the sugary drinks for behavioral problems in children too. Analyzing data from 2,929 families, researchers linked soda consumption to aggression, attention problems and social withdrawal in 5-year-olds. They published their findings in the Journal of Pediatrics on Friday. Although earlier studies have shown an association between soft-drink consumption and aggression in teens, none had investigated whether a similar relationship existed in younger children.
July 3, 2009 |
At age 6, Danny Rodriguez was waking up at 5 a.m. every weekend with his family to sell flowers at farmers markets throughout Oxnard and help other farmers sell their food. Now 13, he continues to help his field worker parents run the small business, which garners little income because of diminishing sales. "There are days when there's enough, and there are days when there aren't," his mother, Lilia, said. "But we have to keep fighting."
April 8, 2010
Artist Nick Cave's colorful "soundsuits" can often elicit childlike wonder in adults, but they're a pretty great time for children too. At this workshop in Cave's craft, kids will trace their bodies in paper and fashion a soundsuit all their own. But when they try to wear it to school for a week straight, don't say you weren't warned. Fowler Museum, UCLA. 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. fowler.ucla.edu.