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How to Curb Complaining at Home

Joanne Van Zuidam

Can a family of four resist the urge to gripe and grumble for three weeks? The Challenge: No whining for 21 days The Family: Kristen Crotty of Ijamsville, Maryland, son Matthew, 9, daughter Caitlyn, 7, and husband David (not shown) So over it! The complaints in the Crotty household would start the moment Caitlyn woke up, says Kristen: “She’d put on a …

"I'm Booored"

“I’m Booored”

Christine McLaughlin

I used to be convinced that as soon as my oldest son could produce a gummy smile, it was my job to be his personal entertainment director. All the time. I felt guilt—immense guilt—when I thought I wasn’t doing enough. Carol Nama, a mom of three (ages 10,7, and 3) in Willow Grove Pennsylvania, can relate. Even though her older …

Should You Let Your Kids Play Video Games?


If you worry that video games are a bad influence, it may be time to reconsider: Video games can offer intellectual stimulation and developmental benefits for kids, says Cheryl Olson, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and coauthor of Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games. “Video games are a form of entertainment …