Stop letting your kids stare at iPads in restaurants, science says

(CNN)I try to be restrained in my judgments of other parents. We have so many obligations and pressures when it comes to parental duties that it’s probably more detrimental to kids if their parents are further stressed by worrying that they’re doing it all wrong. Go Ask Your Dad is parenting advice with a philosophical bent as one dad explores what we want out of life, for ourselves and our children, through useful paradigms and best practices. It considers old problems in new ways, and new problems that previous generations didn’t face. I definitely appreciate the need for breaks from parenting, the desire to have a peaceful meal and adult conversation, and the need to find solutions when kids act …

Mind the green gap: access to nature shouldn’t be a luxury | Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi: Living in New York means getting used to seeing the citys population of mutant squirrels. No wonder I need to escape One of my favourite things to do in New York is to go on long nature walks around the city. Sometimes I see a baby rat frolicking among the trash cans; sometimes I see a pigeon; sometimes I see soot-black squirrels, which have a genetic condition called melanism. Inbreeding has also caused a group of brownish-orange squirrels to proliferate. For squirrels, cinnamon is now the new black, the New York Times in 2001. OK, thats enough squirrel facts. My point here is that while Manhattan is full of natural delights, they are of a limited variety. I …