Monthly Archives: August 2014

Want to Cut the Cost of Raising Kids? Do with Less!

I recently polled a group of women online, asking why a mom who could afford to stay home and take care of a new baby would not want to. Not a mom who doesn’t have two dimes to rub together, but a woman whose level of support might allow her to be a stay-at-home mom –  if she chose.

It was a good thing I had my running shoes on. I got  booed off the block.

One commenter said she didn’t know why women even bothered getting a college degree if they were only going to stay home and change diapers. After all, anyone can meet a baby’s needs, she said.

I ducked. Didn’t we call a truce Continue reading

The Snark Connection: Is Electronic Media Making Kids Mean?

The word is out. Too much screen time is messing with our kids’ brains.

With older kids – teens, 20s, 30-somethings, the damage may already be done.

“Multiple studies have shown atrophy (shrinkage of tissue volume) in gray matter areas (where ‘processing’ occurs) in internet/gaming addiction,” writes Victoria Dunckly in her Feb. 27, 2014, Psychology Today blog, “Mental Wealth.”

The Los Angeles-based integrative child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist cites a finding of particular concern: damage to an area Continue reading