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5 Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Veggies

We are always talking about vegetables. How to get our kids to eat them more often? How to sneak them into our day? How to make them more delicious? Here are a few quick and easy tricks to get your kids to eat more veggies and you just might join them, too. 1. Add vegetables … Continue reading

The Hypocrisy of China: A Culture Promoting Infanticide and the Case of Baby 59

This week the world was shocked to see images of a newborn infant trapped in a sewer pipe, allegedly flushed away by his own mother. The little boy survived this heinous act and is recovering in the hospital as the incident is being discussed internationally. How could a mother do this to her child? What … Continue reading

How My Toddler Tamed My Temper

I grew up around a stepfather who had an explosive temper. He would throw things, hit people, even toss us around the room. It wasn’t a pleasant experience. I swore I would never put up with that kind of behavior and I would never inflict such pain on anyone else. But I did have one … Continue reading

The Circumcision Decision: A Tale of Two Boys

Every expectant parent of a new baby boy is faced with the decision of whether or not to have him circumcised. Years ago we believed that this was a helpful procedure, designed to protect our young men and promote hygiene. When I was expecting my first son, many of my hours of research were devoted … Continue reading

Excuse Me, Little Boy? Can You Help Me Find My Puppy?

About two months ago, my son Adrian was at his father’s house skateboarding with a friend. It was about 7pm and the streetlights had just come on. The pair had noticed a man approaching them from down the street. They decided to cross to the other side and head toward the friend’s house. The man … Continue reading

Dirty Little Secrets: Multipotentiality

When I was five years old, I had a theory about heaven. See, I figured that if we could just fly a spaceship far enough to reach the end of outer space, there we would find heaven. So I wanted to be an astronaut. Shortly after that, I wanted to be a writer. I was … Continue reading

When There Are No Words: Parenting Through Disaster

Yesterday, May 20, 2013, a massive tornado destroyed a small suburb of Oklahoma City causing widespread destruction and an estimated death toll of twenty-four. The images broadcast worldwide showing schools that were demolished and homes that were crushed are shocking to say the least. What makes this even more difficult is that this is just … Continue reading

Mediterranean Turkey Burger

Don’t put up with the same old burger. This one is packed with flavor! 1 turkey burger 1 slice provolone 2 Tbsp tahini sauce 2 Tbsp taziki sauce 2 pieces sliced dill pickle 2 slices tomato handful lettuce hamburger bun (gluten-free, if needed) Grill the burger to taste, melting the cheese on top. Toast the … Continue reading

Gifted is Not Always a Gift

When we hear the word “gifted” we usually think of someone who is extremely intelligent, has remarkable talents or an unusually high IQ. Most people think of being gifted as, well, a gift. It certainly is, to some extent. You learn new information quickly and easily. You pick up new skills with ease. You excel … Continue reading

What’s So Bad About Spanking?

Yesterday I was on a parenting forum and came across a piece of advice that sent chills through me. A parent was having problems with his young child who was hitting in school and this was one of the responses: “…If that doesn’t work get on the corporal punishment bandwagon. You don’t have to like it … Continue reading