Cognitive Monthly • June 2009 -- Duke Nukem Comes to Dinner: Do Violent Games make Violent Kids?
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Whenever kids are involved in a violent crime, speculation about their upbringing inevitably takes center stage. Were they abused or neglected? Could their parents have prevented the tragedy? Most... More > recently, video games have been targeted as the possible root of the problem. But are video games really to blame for horrific massacres like the shootings at Columbine and Virginia Tech? This month's report considers the growing role video games play in our kids' lives--and whether the playing violent games might really cause kids to be violent themselves. We assess the latest research on violent games and how it impacts kids. Researchers have found that playing some violent games does result at least temporarily in aggressive behavior, but it can also be beneficial. Do the benefits of gaming outweigh the many potential harms? We also describe how we've managed video games in our family, and offer some guidelines on how parents can approach gaming in their own homes. Cover photo: Casey Fleser< Less
Communicate, Not Just 'Conversate' With Your Teen
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This handbook was created to teach parents how to respond instead of react to what their teens are doing or saying. When you respond to things, YOU are in control, when you are reaction mode, we are... More > not in control and fear has opportunity to creep in and guide our thinking. This handbook will take you step by step through easy to do lesson plans and action steps that will give you the confidence to respond instead of react and learn to gain respect not just feel validated.< Less
The Faith of a Child
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Preparing for fatherhood? Freaked out? Help is here. When a woman prepares for motherhood, other women guide her on her way. Not so a dad-to-be, who gets pats on the back, corny jokes, or vague... More > assurances he’ll do fine. Until now, his best hope was by-moms-for-moms baby books--a gap filled by Stefan Lanfer’s The Faith of a Child. According to Lanfer, when his wife was pregnant, "I was STRESSED out, and the guys around me no help—until, just in time, I hosted a group of dads at our home. I fed them dinner. They fed me their stories.” As he listened, says Lanfer, “I got inside the dad head space. Finally, I felt ready.” To pay forward this gift, Lanfer shares his stories in The Faith of a Child, which tracks Lanfer’s journey to and into fatherhood. To dads-to-be, Lanfer says, "If you want tips, tactics, and advice for childbirth and parenting, you’ve got dozens of choices. But, if you want real stories that actually let you picture fatherhood, The Faith of a Child is for you."< Less
Grandmother Collects: Sharing the Table Graces with our Grandchildren
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Setting up the perfect tea party for your daughter or grandchildren. "[Other] books and websites will tell you what to serve and a bit about the history of tea. I hope to take you on a journey... More > of a different kind. My story is for grandmothers- and maybe mothers too. Put on your walking shoes and join me as we search for the perfect collectibles to set your tea party table."< Less
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