More than eight in ten (86 percent) fathers today are spending more time with their kids than their own fathers did in the previous generation, according to a new national survey conducted by the Ad Council. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in three children (more than 24 million) inAmerica live apart from their biological fathers. However, theNationalCenter for Education Statistics reports that even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact. “The survey validates the trend that family dynamics are changing for the best. Amidst their challenges, in general fathers are stepping up and becoming more active than ever in the lives of their children and families,” said Kenneth Braswell, Director of the NRFC. (


New research has found that a father’s rejection may be more painful than a mother’s. Researcher Professor Ronald Rohner said that fatherly love is key to development and hopes his findings will motivate more men to become involved in caring for their offspring. He said, “In the US, Great Britain and Europe, we have assumed for the past 300 years that all children need for normal healthy development is a loving relationship with their mother. But that belief is fundamentally wrong. We have to start getting away from that idea and realize the dad’s influence is as great, and sometimes greater, than the mother’s.” (Daily Mail)

Bugs In The Air!

Have you ever thought about how bugs and insects get from one place to another? Sure, lots of them crawl, but what about those that fly? How far do they travel and how high can they really fly? This short video shows how high some insects fly and just what might be flying over your head without you ever knowing. Watch this with your children and have a fun dinner time conversation about it.

Easier To Do It Yourself?

“It’s just easier to do it myself.”

Have you ever caught yourself saying this, parents? I know I have. When the house is a wreck and you know the little ones will never do it right—you assume the role and just keep cleaning. But what’s the long-term cost of this strategy?

Refusing to give your children more responsibility is a bad idea on two fronts: it deprives them of practical skills they need and the pride of a job well-done, and it forces you to do more than any one person can or should. Sure, the towels may not be folded in perfect 90-degree angles, but the pay-off for everyone far outweighs the imperfections. So consider how to get your children to be more helpful around the house with these age-appropriate chore ideas listed below.

Chores: Age-Appropriate Chores

Each child has his own timetable, so ages are suggested and approximate. Ages given are on the early side; for boys, who mature more slowly, add six months to ages given.

2 years:

Getting diaper for self or new baby
Picking up small items from floor
Putting away toys

3 years:

Pouring measured items into mixing bowl
Help weed the yard

4 years:

Help with dusting
Sorting recyclables
Put clothes away in their room
Fold napkins for dinner

5 years:

Dusting lower shelves
Emptying small trash cans
Helping set table
Making bed
Setting table
Feeding pets
General straightening of rooms

6 years:

Unload dishwasher
Feeding baby
Clearing table
Weed on their own
General folding laundry

7 years:

Loading dishwasher
Sweeping floor
Unload groceries

8 years:

 Washing pans
Cleaning bathrooms
Beginning cooking skills
Sewing buttons
Reading to younger siblings
Cleaning baseboards
Water the plants

9–10 years:

Changing baby’s diapers
Washing car
Cleaning windows
Yard work—raking, planting|
Taking out trash

11–12 years:

Yard work—mowing
Babysitting for short periods

13–14 years:

Yard work—edging, trimming
Cooking on their own
Household maintenance—painting, repairs

At this age, the child should be able to learn any housekeeping skill, as long as you are willing to teach him. Certain skills, such as ironing, mowing lawn, and babysitting for siblings depend on maturity level and/or family circumstances. Parents know best.

great websites for parents that I have been using:

for moms :

for dads :

How To C.H.A.R.M. Your Children

An old Irish saying defines charm as the ability to get someone to say “Yes” before you even ask the question.  Your presence invokes such a warm feeling from someone else that they’ll gladly do what they can to please you.  So how is your parenthood C.H.A.R.M.?  Here’s how to exponentially increase your charm with your children:

C—- Converse.  Talk regularly with your kids on topics they’re interested in.

H—- Have fun.  Do activities with your children that evoke a lot of laughter.

A—- Ask.  Ask open-ended questions not just about their day, but what they think about culture, politics, education etc.  Don’t judge.  Just listen.

R—- Read.  Read books/magazines/websites together with them and talk about the contents.

M—- Make memories.  Keep that digital camera and video recorder handy to capture those golden moments in years to come.

Huddle up with your children tonight and ask them:  On a scale of 1 to 10, how close do you feel with me?

A couple of great websites for parents to visit, that I got this info from by the way, is

For moms :

For dads :

Let me know how it’s going charming your children.

Happy Charming!

Justin Flores

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