Forgiving Your Father For Fathers Day

It’s a shadow filled with a complex array of gratitude, sadness, disappointment, and awe. It is the same for all men, for there’s no escaping these memories. They are deeply imbedded in us, and they impact us every day of our lives. And whether you’re trying to live up to your father’s expectations, prove him wrong, or rid your memory of him, the shadow of your father will remain. Each effort demands its’ own cost. And each effort will keep the shadow close to you

Top 5 Reasons Why Video Games Can Be Bad For You

Video games are bad for you, but not for the reasons you might think. They’re not bad for you because they’ll make you violent—because they won’t. However they are bad for you for other reasons. Here’s a semi-serious, semi tongue-in-cheek look at the top 5 reasons why video games can be bad for you.

To TV or Not to TV? That is the Question

I’m nervous about this leap—I feel like it plunges us into a universe that we haven’t been a part of in years. We never know what shows people are talking about—we don’t base our conversations about what happened on some series that we are addicted to. I have always taken great pride in the fact that we have no idea who is on what reality show and who they are “voting off” or if Friends is over. I like that my life consists of real events that matter to us immediately—not abstractly.

Kids and Pets: It’s the Pinky-Toes that Make the World Go Round

At the age of three my son was insistent that he have his own pet. My husband and I talked long and hard about the pros and cons of a childhood pet. Would our son be capable, at three, of handling the daily responsibilities? Would he be ok when it died or ran away? Would we be ok covering for his age-appropriate lack of responsibility? Overall, we agreed that if we chose the right animal that it would be a positive experience. We decided on a fish.

Finding The Best Outdoor Recreation For You

Where to go depends on the activity. Some people travel to crowded resort spots for some water-skiing or rafting. For them, it’s worth the expense and high population for the unique adrenalin rush of shooting down the rapids—or managing to stand up on their skis.

Outdoor Recreation Can Be Whatever You Make Of It

Outdoor recreation comes in many different forms. For many, it just means getting out to the backyard for some barbecue or a dip in the pool (or a spray from the water hose). For others, it means an intense back woods hike, with camping gear and backpacks to get you through the trip.

Great Arts And Crafts Ideas

Holidays are a great resource for project ideas. In addition to jack-o’-lanterns, this Halloween you may also want to try fabric witches or papier-mache skeletons. When you’re trick-or-treating this year, take a look at what your neighbors have created. Most people skilled at making their own decorations are eager to share what they know, and appreciate their talent being recognized.

Getting Your Kids Involved In Arts And Crafts

Time and again it has been shown that children who practice arts and crafts develop on a much faster rate than those who are engaged in more passive activities, such as watching television. The manual dexterity and level of concentration required for creating an object are much more useful in the real world that the skills necessary to operate a video game console.

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