How the American sugar epidemic is making children overweight
Remember Joe Camel (aka Old Joe)? Back in the late ’80s, the cartoon mascot for Camel cigarettes sparked a decade-long controversy. Experts charged that the smoking character encouraged youth to purchase Camel cigarettes, leading to a 66-fold increase in sales among teenagers.
“Hey, I just thought you should know that the Smiths [alias] are filing for divorce,” my friend whispered on the sly, as the carpool crew (two of whom were Smiths) scrambled into my car after soccer practice. “They aren’t telling the kids.” I barely had a response. If my friend is telling me, then others know too. Which made it hard to imagine those kids not knowing.
You’re finally over the shock of seeing those double blue lines. Now what? Start by perusing this handy guide to the absolute best of the best for Dallas-Fort Worth moms and babies. Local moms voted on their favorites for everything from baby-sitting sources to childbirth classes and we tallied the results. From the best class for tiny swimmers to the best baby-clothing boutique, it’s all here in our Best for Moms and Babies 2015.
How a kid-centric schedule can set families up for burnout
Angie Dean is exhausted. Every day she’s up before sunrise to taxi her two kids to their charter schools — a 40-mile round trip from her home in Denton. First, she drops her 8-year-old daughter Reagan at her school in Hickory Creek, then it’s on to Flower Mound to her 14-year-old son Ryan’s school.
“Dad, my arm hurts.” And with those four words, I was stopped in my tracks, my dreams of a college scholarship at Texas Christian University (TCU) hitting an iceberg. And my son is only 10 years old. In reality, he has a better chance of winning the lottery than he does of receiving an athletic scholarship to any school, let alone a collegiate baseball powerhouse like the Frogs.
Your top picks for family-friendly dining & destinations
Cue the drum roll. It’s here! The issue we look forward to all year long, our holiday gift to you. We asked, you answered and then we did the math. From your favorite place to grab brunch to the best place to take energetic kids, we’ve got it all. Keep reading to see if your favorite haunts made the list. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover something new.
The best parks and attractions for every age & stage
Orlando has such a great variety of theme parks that there really is something for everyone, but not every age is ideal for every park. What is the best age for Disney? Is my child too young for Universal Studios? What about LEGOLAND? Use this guide to find the best bets at every theme park for every age and stage.