Some call it overparenting or micromanaging, but helicopter parenting comes from good intentions – we all want the best for our kids. How close we’ll hover over our children – strapping “crawling helmets” on our infants or going to job interviews with our college graduates – is what earns us our pilot’s wings. Monitor staff devised this 50-question quiz on parenting style, based on real-life experiences. Test your rotor speed. There are no wrong answers, just more or less micromanagerial ones.
Recent studies question whether – really, truly – having children makes you happy. Even though it isn't all playgrounds and valedictorian addresses – taking the bad with the good can actually add up to happiness.
"Obama eats dog!" "Romney cages dog on car roof!" Wipe away the political rhetoric and the dog wars is a great dinner table topic about different cultures.
Dick Clark, television personality and producer, entrepreneur and music enthusiast, was affectionately known as 'America's Oldest Teenager.' Millions of teenagers grew up watching 'American Bandstand,' which Clark hosted from 1957 - 1989, and began the New Year for forty years with Clark, and "New Year's Rockin' Eve.' 'American Bandstand' propelled many musicians' careers, as well as the pop music industry. Clark, who died today, was interviewed by the MONITOR in 1986, where he spoke about generations, musical styles, racial integration, and what kept him motivated.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige shares thoughts on 'Spider-Man' and future superhero sequels.
What's a mother to do in an era when her teen thinks even a chin can't be too perfect? Jennifer Anniston wannabes and dissatisfied teens drive the craze for chinplants. Demand for the new plastic surgery for a strong jawline is rising faster than Botox, liposuction, and breast implants.
The shift away from newsprint has required new titles for journalism organizations.
Middle school boys may suffer a particular condition peculiar to adolescence – and the presence of moms. Here's one mom's awareness campaign – in all seriousness, of course.
April is the time to try some different annuals in southern California. Watering will also be a concern.