Parenting: Q & A with Dr. Jim

November 18th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Not long ago, I was posed four questions by a parenting magazine that I thought readers of Kids & Culture Alert! would find interesting. I’m afraid that I’ve turned my kids into “reward junkies” by praising, rewarding, and buying them gift constantly. I thought this would show them how much I […]


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iPhone: The Latest in Parental Expediency

July 12th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Parents now have more ways than ever to keep their kids distracted, entertained, and otherwise occupied, in other words, out of their hair. Parental expediency has truly reached new heights thanks to the iPhone and its army of clever app developers. Expediency is one of the most dangerous words in parenting. […]


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Taking Your Kids to Work

March 5th, 2010

By Tom Carter Anyone who has watched or read the news in recent days knows about the kerfuffle over a tower controller at JFK International Airport taking his kids to work recently.  Problem is, he let both kids talk on the radio to airline pilots, relaying directions and clearances.  The reporting on this incident is, […]


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So Long, Old Pal

October 24th, 2009

Soupy Sales (Jan 8, 1926 – Oct 22, 2009) was a local market celebrity on WXYZ television in Detroit back in the fifties and sixties. His first program was a thirty-minute spot at mid-day, and every kid from Detroit to Flint had lunch with Soupy. He’d show up on the old black and white Philco […]


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Camp Twitch and Shout

July 27th, 2009

Imagine being a kid with Tourette syndrome; the muscles in your body and your face seem to have minds of their own, you make noises — sometimes alarmingly loud noises — that you do not intend to make. Perhaps worse than the disease you feel alone; people are scared of you because they don’t understand Tourettes; the adults want to shield their children from you and most of the other kids think you’re weird and funny and, in the school yard, they gather around you and laugh at you and imitate your tics.


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