When Your Children Come From Different Planets

Written by Kenneth A. Sprang and Carol Sprang, MA, RNC, LCPC

As I write this, Carol and I are in London, having just spent a lovely two week European cruise with my sister and her family--my sister married an Englishman and has been living in England for over 25 years. Carol and I savoredrepparttar opportunity to spend this extended time, and particularly appreciated getting to know our twin niece and nephew better. Watchingrepparttar 149245 twins caused me to reflect a bit onrepparttar 149246 observation that two children growing up inrepparttar 149247 same household, even when they are twins, inevitably blossom with different personalities. Sometimes—as inrepparttar 149248 case of my own two children, and inrepparttar 149249 case of my sister and my brother—the differences are so profound one might think they grew up not just in different families, but on different planets. Many of us know families where some ofrepparttar 149250 children have followed in their parents’ path in terms of careers, values, and lifestyles, but one or more ofrepparttar 149251 others have marched to their own drummer, perhaps even becomingrepparttar 149252 “black sheep” ofrepparttar 149253 family. My niece stands 5 feet 10 inches tall at age 11, while her brother is only 5 feet 2 inches. He aspires to be an engineer (though I am not sure that he quite knows what an engineer does yet), while she is quite artistic and is moving more and more in that direction. He speaks rather articulately and directly, while her speech is more animated and a bit diffuse. He still has a bit of child-like quality, while she is just a breath away from entering adolescence. My nephew and my sister get along quite well, but my sister finds herself often at odds with my niece—in part, because my niece reminds my sister of herself at that age. Likewise, my sister and brother (actually half-siblings—we did not grow up together) are complete opposites. She is fun loving, relatively easy going, generally progressive in thought on social issues, and quite flexible. She also spends money quite easily. In contrast, our brother is extremely conservative and rigid in his lifestyle and viewpoint, has difficulty in social situations, and is extraordinarily frugal. My own two children are likewise quite different--even their memories and attitudes about their childhood are radically different—one recalling a rather content childhood, andrepparttar 149254 other still processing some old anger. So what is this phenomenon, and what is a parent to do with it! The debate over nature versus nurture is an old one. There are certain characteristics that seem relatively fixed at birth—some are rather clear, for example a tendency toward introversion or extroversion, while others show up as a tendency toward one end of a continuum or another. Although we as parents may strive valiantly to treat our children equally, it is nearly impossible to do so. First, each will have a different experience growing up—one is alwaysrepparttar 149255 eldest and others stand in different birth order (twins beingrepparttar 149256 exception).

A New Take on Family Game Night

Written by Lisa, Eric and Adam Hendey

A New Take on Family Game Night Product Review of Madagascar Animal Trivia DVD Game by Lisa M. Hendey, Eric Hendey and Adam Hendey

Our family loves to play games together, but it can be trying at times to ensure “fairness” and a good time had by all whenrepparttar youngest member of our family, Adam, feels he’s playing at a disadvantage. Who wants to play when you’rerepparttar 149169 youngest and you think you might lose? Mom hasrepparttar 149170 same problem, owing to a competitive streak formed in early childhood.

We’ve recently discovered a new product that takes away this dilemma and ensures a fun family gaming experience. Newly released fromrepparttar 149171 folks at bEQUAL, in partnership with DreamWorks,repparttar 149172 Madagascar Animal Trivia DVD Game will be a hit with your entire family.

I recently took time to playrepparttar 149173 game with my sons, ages thirteen and ten, and can vouch forrepparttar 149174 game’s educational and entertainment value, but I thought I’d letrepparttar 149175 boys chime in and share their own opinions. To preface their remarks, I’ll say that these are some astute gamers – they’re not easily entertained by gimmicky products, and they bore easily with certain video games that are too easily mastered. We testedrepparttar 149176 game both on our home television and in our car’s rear DVD player.

Here’s whatrepparttar 149177 boys had to say aboutrepparttar 149178 Madagascar Animal Trivial DVD game:

Adam – 10 years old: “This is a family trivia game about animals and it’s played on a DVD. Its theme is Madagascar, a new computer animated movie for kids. This game, in my opinion, is great for kids, even as young as five years old. I learned lots about animals playing this game.”

Eric – 13 years old: “Madagascar is a family-oriented DVD trivia game. Its questions about animal life can entertain people of any age. One feature that makesrepparttar 149179 game more enjoyable for everyone is Dynamic Leveling. Based on how many questions you answer correctly,repparttar 149180 questions become harder or easier as you go on. The competition is fun for everyone, and anyone can win. Kids will have a great time showing their knowledge about animals withrepparttar 149181 backdrop ofrepparttar 149182 movie Madagascar.”

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