February 7, 2013 |
The split-level house of American dreams and boomer memories probably has never been used so evocatively or been as central to a movie as it is in "The Playroom. " In the 1975-set coming-of-age drama - a kids'-eye view of adult malaise - that house is essentially a character, showcasing the generational disconnect through a cataclysmic night for one family. Directed by Julia Dyer from a script by her late sister, Gretchen Dyer, the film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.
November 23, 2009
Dear Amy: I recently got divorced. We have two girls, ages 6 and 9. We're great parents and get along well. My older daughter has blamed my ex for making her daddy leave. She's out of control and doesn't mind her mother well. For a while after we broke up, I was going to the house and sleeping over as friends. The kids saw us hug and kiss and said, "You guys look so good together!" and "Give daddy a kiss, Mommy!" Now my ex is seeing someone. She told me they've decided to move in together -- with the kids.
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.
November 5, 2013 |
Scientists studying the degree to which brain function, parental involvement and environment determine antisocial outbursts in children have found that social support and intervention can successfully moderate misbehavior. Researchers at the University of Michigan studied the amygdala - the part of the brain that processes fear and impulsive reactions - for clues about extreme behavior in children. The amygdala is associated with aggressive behavior, anxiety disorders and depression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001
Re "60 Pills Divided by 6 Youths Equals a Trip to the Hospital," April 22. People say that kids do that sort of thing because they don't know the side effects, but to tell you the truth, it's because they just want to take them and see what happens. It's curiosity not stupidity that drives kids to take drugs in the first place. . . . Medication of that sort should not be sold to minors for their own safety. Kids like these make other kids look stupid and inexperienced. These kind of actions are what scares parents into not letting the responsible kids have fun. HANNAH YANKELEVICH Granada Hills
September 2, 1995
In a recent film review, Kenneth Turan expresses his regrets for not being able to save us from "Kids," the film (" 'Kids': Grossing Out the Old Squares," Calendar, July 28). Turan wants to save us not only from seeing our own tragic social realities, but also from facing the complexities of our own individual existence, which he does not seem to be able to understand any better than the kids he likes to reject. The purity of kids like those in "Kids" is to be seen only by those who actually still have it deep in their own hearts.
May 20, 2007 |
Amsterdam When considering Amsterdam, its famous red-light district and the coffee shops where cannabis is smoked, you may assume it's less than an ideal city to visit with young children. But you would be wrong. On a visit here last summer with Danny, 8, and Fiona, 6, we had a few, um, educational moments. Fiona wanted to know why all the women in the windows looked "like they were getting ready for a party. " (I guess because they were wearing lipstick and underwear and that's all.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1996
Re "Woodworkers Donate 100 Handmade Toys," Dec. 10. Just wanted to say thanks for the story on the Winnetka woodworkers and their cool bulldozers. They didn't just make Christmas brighter for kids, they made it brighter for me! It's cheery just to think about those well-made little trucks and the kids who will invent games with them for years to come. CYNTHIA WISEHART Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997
The irony is stunning. Taxpayers just put $373 million into building a new jailhouse, the Twin Towers, while at Charles Maclay Middle School in Pacoima, "you could have seen it raining inside the classroom," according to Assistant Principal Dan Rodriguez (Jan. 25). Why do we wait until kids become inmates to invest in them? AMY ALKON Venice