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Canadian Children's Author Dishes on Work, Travel and Parenting Teens

Helaine Becker doesn't do mornings. But that doesn't stop her from being a prolific and award-winning author of children's books, as well as a busy mother of two teenage boys -- Michael, 17, and Andrew, 15. The Toronto writer and public speaker has p...

Video game addiction a psychiatric disorder?

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is responsible for publishing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a handbook that is widely used by mental health professionals around the world to diagnose mental illness. The APA is ...

Parent vs Parent: video games welcome here

Although I don't welcome video games with open arms in our home, I don't outlaw them either. I don't like video games: they are loud, some are violent and I believe my children's time could be better spent elsewhere. However, I house a 13 year-old bo...

GamerDad: making the world a better place one game at a time

This morning I came across a great site called GamerDad. This site was started by a father who loves to play video games and realized there is a missing market when it comes to explaining games to parents. Since that realization he has put together a...

Limiting computer game time for teens

My oldest son, Loren, is a dedicated World of Warcraft (WoW) player. This would not at all be a problem if he were a more devoted student. If given the opportunity, he and his band of cronies would spend their evenings slaying computer generated evil...

Virtual economies may get real world taxation

Do your kids play online games such as Second Life or World of Warcraft? You may have to let your CPA know about it, if some economists get their way. These games involve virtual worlds where millions of dollars worth of transactions take place every...

Brain changes and teenage behavior

My son became a teenager this summer. There haven't been any particular changes in his behavior, but I know the teenage years have started. He is apt to change as the hormones kick in, but an article on MedlinePlus reported that the brain also underg...

Adolescent friends on the internet, more complex than previously thought

My children don't spend a lot of time online, but they do communicate with their friends on the internet. With all the spooky talk that TV pundits spout, particularly about MySpace, you would think that the internet is a space-age demon. It isn't: as...

World of Warcraft, just a few thoughts

I understand that the gamers who are devoted to World of Warcraft are a sensitive bunch about their game. This is understandable. It is a super cool game. There are so many different levels and facets to the game. A player learns about strategy, coop...

Fun websites for summer learning

The battle for the family computer has already begun this summer. The children are on their second day of school and I believe that they, in combination with their friends, have logged approximately 35 hours of computer time, whilst I have maybe been...

World of Warcraft, a day of humanity?

Today was Children's Day on World of Warcraft. For those of you reading who have not yet heard of this game, and a lucky few you are, this is a $50 game you load onto your computer and then sign up for an additional monthly fee of $15 so that your ch...

About the Bloggers: Heather Craven

Name: Heather Craven Age you tell people you are: 35 Hometown: The Colorado mountains Where you live now: The Colorado mountains Kids and ages: My son, Loren, 13. Cassidy, Queen of the Universe, is 9. And wee Devon is 2 years-old. One thing I ca...

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