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Sunday
Sep212014

Self-Control vs. Distraction in the Digital Age

digital distractions

When I was in school, distractions were limited. Diversions were something I planned for and rewarded myself with. They weren't things tempting me, one click away, 24 hours per day. In this day of constant digital distractions and instant amusement at the click of a button, will our kids will ever be able to develop the willpower or the skill or whatever it is to ignore the nagging of the digital distractions? I read a study, but it left me with more questions than answers.

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Thursday
Aug072014

Olivia Wilde's Glamour Breastfeeding Photo: What's the Point?

breastfeeding

It is World Breastfeeding Week and Glamour magazine released its September 2014 issue with series of photos of Olivia Wilde. The photos feature Wilde in a diner. In some photos she has her baby with her and in others she is alone. One photo, a glamourous breastfeeding picture, shows Wilde sitting in a booth nursing her naked diaperless baby. Does this image help normalize breastfeeding or promote the commodification of mother-child moments?

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Monday
Jun232014

Guess Who's Going to ShiftCon With Me?

I'm speaking at ShiftCon

Last month, I announced that I had a couple of tickets to ShiftCon to give away.Working with a small committee of trusted changemakers, I reviewed the submissions for the complimentary tickets and chose three Canadian bloggers to go to Los Angeles this October. Come meet them.

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Tuesday
Jun102014

Why Do So Many Children Die in Hot Cars? 

child rear facing mirror

Each year, tragically, the issue of children dying in hot cars comes up. Most parents think it will never happen to them, but it does happen to regular parents who thought they'd never be the one. What do you need to know to reduce the risk of it happening to your child.

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Tuesday
Jun032014

Should You Change the Gender Roles in Your Marriage Because of a Study?

father-daughter

Last week researchers at the University of British Columbia released a study that looked at parents, children and gender roles. It found that fathers who do a greater share of the domestic chores have daughters who aspire to more male dominated, higher paying careers. So if dads want their daughters to be engineers or scientists or stock brokers instead of nurses or teachers or (gasp!) stay at home moms, they should do the laundry and the dishes more often. But is that how we should interpret the study's results?

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