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Family Time Movie Theater: Smoking cigarettes and cancer

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

It is surprisingly difficult to find movies that deal specifically with lung cancer.  Not sure why that would be.  Wonder if there is a group of large, wealthy, multinational corporations who are influencing the decisions (and funding) for movie making?  Anyway, here are a couple of films that address it (kind of).  Brian’s Song is such a great film that …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Suicide and Suicide Attempts

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

When it comes to family movie time don’t shy away from films that have serious issues like those that have suicide or suicide attempts in the story line.  Watch them WITH your kid so you can talk about the issues involved and find out what they think (and how they feel) about stress, disappointment and despair.  Most will be somewhat …

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Flying Discs (or Frisbee to the rest of us)

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

If you are looking for something the family can do together, you can’t do better than getting a Frisbee and heading out to the nearest open space.  It is surprising how long this kid’s toy has been around and how elaborate its uses have become.  It is simple and extremely complicated at the same time.  It takes nothing more than …

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Bull’s Eye

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

When the weather turns nasty, family time increasingly focuses on indoor activities.  As you are considering various ways to have some family fun, don’t forget about throwing darts.  Darts is a great activity because the equipment is cheap, great skill is not necessary and it can be competitive while being less prone to violence (though darts can be hazardous when …

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Hiding Phone Apps In Plain Sight

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Giving your teen their own smart phone is a privilege and responsibility.  It will include setting some limits on acceptable uses for the phone and any other devices that connect to the internet or wifi. Once again the speed of technological advances (driven by the availability of teen’s disposable income to buy relatively inexpensive apps for their phone) has complicated …

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The Great Pumpkin

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Remember how much fun it was to get pumpkins and make jack-o-lanterns with your kids when they were young? Well, it can still be an enjoyable family activity with your teenager if you do a little planning and have a little consideration for your teen’s sensibilities and schedule. Here’s how. Find a local pumpkin patch. Purchasing a pumpkin at your …

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Barbecuing On The 4th

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Don’t get so caught up with your special barbecuing techniques that you forget how much kids love to play with fire. Give them a role in starting the charcoals, responsibility for some of the cooking (though not what everyone is going to eat since they will worry it into little pieces) or, better yet, make a fire pit somewhere in …

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Drive In Theaters

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Believe it or not, drive in theaters still exist!  And they are a perfect family destination for a nostalgic drive down movie theater lane.  Drive ins have a lot to offer as a family outing compared to your traditional indoor movie theater multiplex.  First and foremost, it is an adventure.  You and the kids will have the opportunity to view …

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Canoeing Down a Lazy River

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Canoeing is a great way to spend quality time while engaging in an activity that doesn’t involve passively sitting in front of some sort of electronic device or standing over your kids while they do chores.  But with all good parenting decisions, there are some secret objectives.  Canoeing is one way to: Create a “time apart” with your kids Benefit …

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Family Picnic in the Park

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Picnics are an ideal way to spend some family time together during the high days of summer. Just look at this happy family in the picture above!  The beauty of a picnic is it can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish to make it. There can be something for everyone since you and your kids can read, …