Actor Jerry O'Connell's "bad" kid better turn her act around before his "good" twin elbows her out of the will. O'Connell and wife, Rebecca Romijn, have twin 2-year-old girls, one of whom he's labeled as "bad" and the other as "good." While it's refreshing to hear a celebrity speaking candidly about the challenges of parenting, should a kid ever be labeled "bad?"
How did you do on your child's latest report card? No, we're not referring to the lovely diorama you made for your kid's science project, we're talking about a proposal before one Florida school district to grade parents on participation in their kids' education.
This just in -- cigarette ads effective in getting teens to smoke! The newest study on the subject shows that cigarette advertising is more effective on teenagers than other types of ads. While this study will undoubtedly raise the hackles of parents everywhere, it will also likely lead to bonuses for the "Mad Men" on tobacco company accounts. Job well done, fellas.
Skip the gym and play a game of tag with your kids. The concept of family fitness (i.e., anything from a game of pick-up basketball to skiing) is gaining in popularity, and families are finding that not only does it help keep everyone in shape but also improves parent-child communication.
Just hearing the title "The Three Martini Playdate" a few years ago was one of the first tip-offs that playdates aren't all about the kids anymore. But where to go to find parents you can connect with? While the family lounge at Nordstrom is generally packed tight as a bar on a Friday night (and with the same amount of cleavage, but in a totally different context), more parents are looking to niche groups where they can meet parents with common interests.
Coming soon -- wee for your Wii?! Sega is testing some toilet games in Tokyo: The game is controlled by one's urine. The games seem to fall into one of two categories: volume versus stream strength. Will these games appeal more to 12-year-old whiz kids who generally embrace all things gross, or to the potty-training toddler set? Hopefully time won't tell on this one, as we can only hope it never makes it out of Japan.