4 secrets of Jewish parenting

Through all the hoopla about the parenting secrets of Asian Tiger Moms whose children practice piano for hours and French moms whose children happily tuck into four-course meals, I kept wondering: When are we going to start talking about Jewish moms?


Lori Borgman: Keeping secrets is a gift

It's no secret that there are people who can keep secrets and people who can't. There are people who can keep things in the vault until the day they die and people whose vault door constantly swings open.


Ex-etiquette: Approach holidays differently after divorce

Q: Although my husband grew up with divorced parents, I did not, but recently my parents also divorced and all are now with new partners or remarried. This means my husband and I have to travel to four different homes around the holidays. My husband takes this in his stride, but I'm stressing because we have a two year old and all this traveling on one day will be too much for him - plus coordinating with sisters and brothers is impossible. Do you have any ideas for families who want to celebrate together but face divorced mothers, fathers, and extended family? What's good ex-etiquette?


Ask Mr. Dad: The scientific case for the five-second rule

Dear Mr. Dad: We're a few months away from becoming parents for the first time and we've been sanitizing our house to prepare it for our baby. We've got antibacterial soaps all over the place - no one's going to touch our baby with dirty hands! We're planning to give away our dog - we've had him for a long time and he's very sweet, but we're afraid that our new baby will develop allergies. What else should we be doing to clean up?


Chris Erskine: Turning 60 calls for a checkup with Dr. Steve

My internist, Dr. Steve, who has established a first-rate medical practice out of the trunk of an aging Cadillac Eldorado, now offers Happy Hour pricing. Which is fortunate. Noting that my mind is mush and that my heart pings like a glockenspiel, Dr. Steve insists that I always have a physician present on those rare occasions when I'm out on the town.


Family Meals Matter: A healthy Halloween trick

Any holiday celebrated nearly entirely with candy can be scary for parents and teachers alike. Our favorite Halloween trick is to enjoy a healthy family meal before heading out for treats. Children are less likely to overeat candy when they are already full from a healthy dinner.


New Halloween candy and more sweet treats

Halloween seeps into every nook and cranny of everyday life during October. After all, pumpkin is in everything these days. So whether you're looking for fun, new candies to hand out on Halloween or other spooky treats to spice up the season, here are new products hitting store shelves this year.


Apps and games that challenge gender norms

The days of puppy dog tails and sugar and spice may be fading, but being born a girl or boy still carries certain expectations. And while what's expected from both genders has become more flexible over the years, we can still see the "rules" revealed in what's deemed newsworthy, like Alicia Keys not wearing makeup or Jaden Smith wearing a skirt.


App review: PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator, fun, crass look at what it takes to become a YouTube star

Parents need to know that PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator is a simulation game all about what it takes to become a YouTube star. The game was created by YouTube personality PewDiePie, (aka, Felix Kjellberg), and his trademark crass humor and good spirits are on display throughout the gameplay. Users can access all of the app's features for free, but you can make in-app purchases to make gameplay go faster and access more in-app rewards. The game can be played offline, but its social features and in-app purchases require an internet connection. Note that the developer has no privacy policy in place, so there's no way to know the types of information collected and shared.


Game review: 'Rise of Iron,' violent shooter with frenetic gunfights is best for teens

Parents need to know that "Destiny: Rise of Iron" is an online sci-fi first-person shooter and an expansion to "Destiny," which is required to play. Action is largely team-based and fast-paced, involving a wide variety of fantastical guns, melee weapons, and pseudo-magical attacks. Enemies scream and occasionally "bleed" black and white fluids. Parents should also note that players will be tempted to spend additional money within the game on special decorative items and animations for their character.


New moms face maternity-leave hassles, Catch-22s

When Nancy Fendley Novosel's twin boys were born prematurely, at just 26 weeks, she tried to negotiate the timing of her maternity leave: Could she take her six weeks of paid leave a few months down the line, when the boys were expected to come home from the hospital?


Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham

Third graders dance in Katie Tully's music class and other scenes from the first day of school at Happy Valley Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Bellingham.
Evan Abell The Bellingham Herald
Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham 1:39

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair 1:29

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair

'Thrillingam' - Who's that dancing on the lawn! 4:09

'Thrillingam' - Who's that dancing on the lawn!

North Carolina quintuplets turning 18 despite doctors warning parents they may not survive 1:51

North Carolina quintuplets turning 18 despite doctors warning parents they may not survive