The sweetest bribe ever, with powdered sugar on top

Just like the old punishments are not working anymore – my son scoffs at time-outs these days – the former perks of points and stickers don’t have the same motivating effect either, so our family has a new reward system. Donuts. For each A grade, chore completed without asking, extra kind gesture to a family…

Charity gives DC girls prom dresses, boosts confidence

A new charity called the “Believe in Yourself Project” is helping to replace the poor body image that afflicts many girls and women. This image is heightened by what the traditional fashion industry deems as beautiful: Women are expected to appear a certain way and live up to a manufactured and unrealistic notion of what…

Sundance Kids

  Sundance Mountain Resort offers year-round family friendly activities When most of us think of Sundance, we think of the film festival founded by Robert Redford in the 1980s. The indie filmmaker event moved many years ago to nearby Park City, Utah, but still today Sundance Mountain Resort remains a beacon for creatives and independent…

No politics at the Oscars please, survey says

There’s plenty of surveys on the possible winners of the Oscars, but Pollfish conducted a survey of another kind, to find out opinions about politics and diversity at the Oscars.  Of course there’s different views on why those polled feel the way they do, but in my view, it’s not because we think actors and…

Best states for raising a family

For anyone considering a move out of state, here’s a ranking of 2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family by WalletHub, a personal finance site. In order to determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 40 key…

Advice for teen drivers in winter

Tips for driving in snowy weather Whether you enjoy the winter or wait anxiously for it to be over, we can all agree on one thing, driving during inclement weather is stressful. Even teen drivers agree with their parents on this one! According to a recent study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against…

Ember-ace your fireplace and use it safely

Home is where the Hearth is A fire in the fireplace warms a room and casts a beautiful amber glow that creates a cozy, inviting and romantic atmosphere. But many homeowners avoid using their fireplace because of worries about safety or the hassle of starting a fire and cleaning up the mess. Jason Cameron, DIY…

World Turtle Day celebrates planet’s oldest creatures

“Shelfies” and “Shellebrations” bring attention to plight of world’s oldest creatures and their disappearing habitats American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is celebrating its 17th annual World Turtle Day® on May 23rd. The day was created by ATR to celebrate and protect…