There's only four days left until Thanksgiving, when most of us will gather around the dinner table for a much-anticipated meal. But conversation at that meal doesn't always turn out to be as harmonious as we predict. We're joined by Takeaway contributor Kate Dailey, health & lifestyle editor for Newsweek.com; and Rochelle Riley, columnist for The Detroit Free Press, who give us their tips for surviving your crazy family on the day we're supposed to be most thankful for them.
As the nation learns the details of the shooting on the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, reactions are pouring in. To sort through the reactions we speak with Kate Dailey, health and lifestyle editor for Newsweek.com; our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin on local Muslim reaction to the shooting allegedly by a Muslim soldier; and Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Here is President Obama's reaction to the tragedy:
Everyone’s talking about the "Balloon Boy": not just about the hoax, but about the Heene family in particular and reality TV families in general. What does Falcon Heene's story tell us about parenting in the spotlight, and about those people who want to parent in the spotlight? Kate Dailey, Health & Lifestyle editor for Newsweek.com, and Liz Gumbinner, from the blog Mom101, share their insights about reality TV, families and fame.
"Kids would love drinking anti-freeze if they had the chance, and that's not good for them either. Kids can't be the arbiter of whether or not they should be on TV."
—Kate Dailey, Health & Lifestyle editor for Newsweek.com, on children's ability to decide whether or not to participate in reality TV
When are you friends with somebody at work — and when are you just friendly? Sometimes it's hard to tell. And when it comes to office friendships, how much do you have to watch what you say or do with your colleagues, both face-to-face and online? We try to figure out the rules of mixing friends and family with work by talking with Kate Dailey, who writes The Human Condition blog for Newsweek, and Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing, who has employed a number of her siblings over the years.
And, speaking of office friends, here's The Office, Friends-style:
High school sports are often viewed not only as a chance for kids to get exercise, but also to teach them how to be team players and team leaders. But some recent studies show that children whose parents and coaches push them hard to perform can sometimes wind up developing negative personality traits. For more, The Takeaway talks to Kate Dailey, who writes the "Human Condition" blog for Newsweek, Mark Hyman, author of the book "Until It Hurts: America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids," and Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.
Ibrahim weighs in further with a story about his own father
Taking a phone call during a date is one thing. But is it okay to write a text message? What about emailing, or tweeting? Kate Dailey, writer of Newsweek's Human Condition Blog, thinks it's okay. But her friend Steve Calachman hates it.
"If you're going to text, be done with it by the time I get back from the bathroom!"
—text hater Steve Calachman
Read Kate's recent blog post about her take on this topic, "Takeaway From The Takeaway: Don't Let Reality TV Turn Your Kids Into Judgmental Jerks".
"With reality television you can't stop it, you can only hope to contain it."
—Kate Dailey on children growing up watching reality TV