Agile programming — for your family

To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability.

Agile programming

What we owe our parents …

The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.

–Nancy Friday


The Benefits of Playing Board Games

It is difficult to overstate the benefits of playing board games, especially playing games as a family. I hope a review of this list brings back memories for you. Your own joy in playing games will be evident to your children. If you have fun, they will have fun, too.
1. Play board games with your children because it builds family camaraderie. Whether learning a new game or playing an old one, your children will always remember these happy days of playing games with you. It is so easy to get too busy for family fun — and miss out on one of the greatest joys of living. Playing games together often requires that you actually talk to each other. And that is a big plus!

2. Play board games together because it’s fun. Stop being the family disciplinarian for a while and just enjoy the kids!

3. Playing games teaches children the joy of winning and the sorrow of losing in a safe environment. They learn how to be good winners and good losers. And they learn this by experiencing their siblings and parents winning and losing. Nobody enjoys are sore loser or a cocky winner. The kitchen table is a very level playing field indeed.

4. When learning a new game, children learn the value of reading the directions first. The rules are in black and white and they not only learn them, but can refer back to them later.
5. Playing board games with the family leads to playing board games with other children, an excellent pastime.

6. Games are educational –they help keep our minds alert. Old and young alike will improve concentration and thinking skills. 

7. Remember, too, the importance of playing board games as a couple. Turn off the television and play Scrabble together! You will be pleasantly surprised at the improvement in your communication and your relationship. 

By Joan Adams
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Bingo for Children

Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage

by Stephanie Coontz

Modern marriage is in crisis; but don’t pine for a return to “the good old days,” when men earned money and women kept house. Don’t even assume the crisis is all bad. Coontz details how society’s attempts to toughen this institution, have actually made it more fragile. =>

The Family Book a tribute to the diversity of today’s families

by Todd Parr

From the Reviews:

PreSchool-Grade 2-

Todd Parr knows so well how to create fun and appealing books for children that promote self-acceptance and an appreciation of the diversity of modern society As he did in The Mommy Book and The Daddy Book (both Little, Brown, 2002), Parr introduces children to an array of families. There are so many different types of families, and THE FAMILY BOOK celebrates them all in a funny, silly, and reassuring way.

Each page contains one sentence about families. For example, midway through the book we read, “Some families live near each other,” which is humorously illustrated by two mouse holes with six sets of eyes peering out. The opposing page counters with, “Some families live far from each other.” Here we see two colorful, alien space families on opposite planets.

There is a wonderful vitality to the book thanks to the bold drawings, bright, nearly neon colors, and handwritten text. The illustrations are whimsical, and figures outlined in black show big ones and small ones, and families that look alike and relatives who look just like their pets. The art features both human and animal figures; thus, pigs depict both a family that likes to be clean, and one that likes to be messy. Some families include stepmoms, stepdads, stepsisters, or stepbrothers; some adopt children. Other families have two moms or two dads, while some children have only one parent.

Interspersed with the differences among families are the ways they are alike: all like to hug each other, are sad when they lose someone they love, enjoy celebrating special days together, and can help each other to be strong. His quirky humor and bright, childlike illustrations will make children feel good about their families.

Parents and teachers can use this book to encourage children to talk about their families and the different kinds of families that exist. And anyone trying to prepare children to understand, appreciate and embrace the differences that they will encounter in their lives. In particular, biracial, adoptive and alternative families will find this book a very special addition to their home libraries.

A wonderful, caring tribute to today’s diverse families”

When is a Fever Too High?

 With the nasty flu bug making its rounds, there’s only so much eating healthy, getting enough rest, washing your hands, getting a flu shot, and avoiding germs one can do. If you’re unlucky enough to get the flu, your body will hike up your body temperature to boil away all those germs. So, is there a point when your temperature can get too high?

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