Simplifying Science


Kids, you will use this advice forever, so . . . you’re welcome.

There are some general “rules” about how to be safe and healthy that apply to everyone. Yep, that’s right—the “rules” that follow apply to you, your parents, and your grandparents, too. These are skills you will use for the rest of your life. The most important thing is to get into healthy habits now so that you’re in a good routine by the time your body has gone through all its big changes. Habits are a lot easier to remember than rules. Take all the following information and turn it into stuff you do automatically. If you do that, you are set up for a healthy life. Here are the five most important basics for taking care of your body Read More

The Endless Cell Phone Debate

I Practice What I Preach. Which Often Doesn’t Thrill My Kids.

So this month, when my son started middle school, he was pretty sure he was getting a phone. But he’s 12. And in sixth grade. And my rule – which my husband and I agreed upon years ago and which I speak about fairly publicly given the data about screen use among kids – is that you don’t get a phone before you are 13. READ MORE

Connecting Obvious Dots: Unhealthy Living and Bad Grades

The other night, my 14-year old daughter was craving something desserty after dinner. We usually have something sweet to graze on in the house, particularly because I am big on moderation but not on deprivation. She searched the fridge, the freezer, and the pantry, threw up her hands and proclaimed, “I hate that we’re healthy!” We all cracked up because we’ve all been there. Maybe, though, if she had read this article, she would have worded her complaints slightly differently. Then again, dessert doesn’t make this article’s list. PS Yes, I just replenished the ice cream supply.

CDC: Unhealthy behavior and bad grades linked for high schoolers

There’s a link between unhealthy behavior and bad grades, according to a new study of high school students by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study doesn’t show that one causes the other, the authors said. But it underlines that good grades are far from just a matter of intelligence.... READ MORE

Girl Talk... Because with All of My Boy Content Lately, I've Missed It!

Even though I am deep in it with boys these days, I haven’t forgotten about the girls! Puberty is human, after all. Thanks, Your Teen for Parents Mag, for the great interview and putting this info out into the world. 

Talking About Periods: Don’t Leave Your Daughter Unprepared

Growing up, talking about periods wasn’t really a thing. My mother and I didn’t discuss menstruation. In fact, I learned the basics from a combination of my preteen friends, a dreadful 20-minute lecture in health class by the female gym teacher, and Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Read More

Listen now: Life of Dad Show Interviews Dr. Cara

PODCAST host, Art Eddy talks with Dr. Cara Natterson about her latest book, Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. Guy Stuff provides boys with the answers that will help them take care of themselves better, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice changes, and everything in between. With tips, how-tos, and facts from a real pediatrician, it’s the perfect book to help boys learn about their body’s changes.

One More Review... Because I Couldn't Help It (Thanks TIME Magazine!)

I am not the type to post a slew of positive reviews, but I couldn't help it. Thank you, TIME Magazine, for recounting the amazing history of "The Care and Keeping" series and placing "Guy Stuff" on par.  

This Classic Puberty Book for Girls Is Now Getting a Boy Edition

In 1998, American Girl accomplished something truly remarkable: the doll company published a puberty book that girls actually liked.

For many girls born in the last 30 years, The Care and Keeping of You has been a bible of awkward adolescence. Aimed at girls aged 8 to 12, it used a conversational tone and relatable illustrations to talk girls through everything from basic hygiene to the more pubic side of puberty. Girls kept copies of the book close at hand READ MORE...