Posts Tagged ‘reading’

I Am Not a Paid Endorser of the Final Harry Potter Movie

By Daddy Clay Monday, June 6th, 2011

Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to your kids before bed is pure magic. You go into the child’s room, begin to read, and when you emerge all the dirty dishes have disappeared. That’s why I read that book to all three of my kids.

But that’s not the only reason. I also like showing off. I deploy character voices and accents. And, unlike my adult peers, the children think my Irish accent is “spot-on.” You should hear my characters — Hagrid is a gruff pirate prone to shouting loud enough to wake the other kids, the Weasleys all have a charming Australian/Cockney thing going on, and Mr. Dursley is an almost spooky homage to Fawlty Towers-era John Cleese.

I’ve gotten so good at it, that my youngest only has to stop me a few times a night to ask “who is that talking?” I particularly struggle to differentiate the bad guys: Snape, Mr. Malfoy and Voldemort all sound like Vincent Price with laryngitis. Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting News: Medicating Kids, Asthma, Gender, iPads and Smartphones, Reading, Kids on Facebook

By Dad News Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Little People, Lots of Pills: Experts Debate Medicating Kids: The most common reasons for use of antipsychotics by children are intellectual disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorder. But children’s conditions could be misdiagnosed and drugs prescribed for minor symptoms, experts say. Putting kids on multiple drugs could put them at risk for drug interactions and side effects, they say. (

Too Many Kids Getting Antibiotics for Asthma: Although guidelines don’t recommend antibiotics for asthma, almost 1 million children with the respiratory condition are prescribed the medications each year in the United States, a new study finds. (HealthDay)

Gender-Free Baby: Is it O.K. for Parents to Keep Their Child’s Sex a Secret?: A lengthy feature last week in the Toronto Star profiled the family and their quest to raise their baby unfettered by the rules of pinks and blues. The couple began by sending out an email after Storm’s birth: “We’ve decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime (a more progressive place? …).” (

Parent Debate: Do iPads and Smartphones Really Teach Toddlers to Read?: And now an interesting trend has emerged where App makers are marketing directly to parents who are looking to help their children as young as 4 months old get a head start on learning. (ABC News)

Should Kids Under 13 Be on Facebook?: In a perfect, law-abiding world, no child under 13 has a Facebook account. But this world is pretty far from ideal, if the 7.5 million tweens — and younger kids — trolling the social-media behemoth are any gauge. Now, if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets his way, that already impressive number will explode. (

Young Readers Enjoy Learning About Fonts

By Daddy Troy Monday, July 5th, 2010

boy-readsMy kid sees me read a computer screen far more often than he sees me read books printed on paper. And yet his second grade teacher sends home books, not ipads. Aren’t we supposed to model good behavior? I need to have a talk with that teacher!

Or does she needs to have a talk with me?

In order to set a good example, I have gone old school with my kids. My mid year resolution has been, at least once a week, to let them see me read books – the kind printed on paper. Time to turn a page. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Get Your Seven Year Old to Read the New York Times

By Daddy Troy Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

My wife comes from a family of PhD’s who are voracious readers.   She too is close to finishing her PhD, and like her family, she reads more than average.  But she absolutely does not read at the table.  Nor does she like for me to read at the table.   And if our kids are at the table and I read, I am accused of being an antisocial, bad parent.

She would never use those words, for she is truly one of the kindest people I know.  And her judgement is far less harsh.  At the same time I can hear her tone from behind my newspaper.  She is serious about this one. Read the rest of this entry »