Archive:  February 25th, 2011

Your kid feeling tense? Hard day in the sandbox got him down? How about introducing your child to the ol’ magic fingers? Desmond Williams, of green-parenting site Inhabitots, talks about massaging your kids, and how it may (or may not) work for your family.

An occasional massage might just get your kid to wind-down and go to sleep. Or, you might use it as a Sunday-afternoon relaxation technique. Williams discusses massaging with a family acupuncturist, and suggests a couple of ways to incorporate a loving touch while your kids are young. Also today, Tom Matlack of our often-referenced buddies Good Men Project Magazine, talked about some of the more subtle importances of physical touch with your children. It seems undeniable – the more you touch your children (in a positive way – no hitting, jerk-ass), the better they turn out.

And just think, a massage was probably how you got your baby’s momma to the point of conception anyway – so I’m sure you’ve got your technique down already. You might want, however, to modify your routine to be on *this side* of the acceptability meter when dealing with your kids. Definitely skip the sensual oils and Marvin Gaye album.

All jokes aside, physical touch is important with children – even when they grow out of the infant phase. So, light a scented candle and read Williams’ suggestions.


0 Gives Dads Oscar Attention

With moms of Oscar contenders being encouraged hired to tweet about the show, Variety writer Timothy Gray suggests we pay dads a bit of attention. “It’s appropriate because 2010 was filled with meditations on life with father — or without him,” says Gray. He mentions that many of the 2010 “best picture” nominees deal with father issues, including “The Kids Are Alright,” “Winter’s Bone,” “True Grit,” as well as the mind-melding “Inception.”

Gray discusses the possibilities of why cinema examined fathers in 2010, suggesting that maybe the directors, who grew up in a Darth Vader “Luke, I am your father” (oops, sorry about that spoiler) generation, now are fleshing out the issue themselves. Is it a re-evaluation of the role of fatherhood? Is it an answer to other gender politics? Are we looking for a father figure in an economically-and-politically-lost time? Has it been going on and we’ve been missing it? Who knows.

Gray mentions, among many others, more 2010 movies from other categories that deal with father issues, such as: “Iron Man 2,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “Shutter Island,” and “Tron: Legacy.”

Was 2010 the year of the dad in cinema? Or was it just when we, the viewers realized that fathers played such a big part in movie plots?