The new school year is underway, and the kids are pretty well into their routines, right? They've gotten used to new teachers and a new mix of classmates. School has settled into its usual rhythm, and after-school activities have begun in earnest. We parents have figured ou.... read more
Time magazine ran an article that is music to our ears. The title says it well: "Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer." The piece argues that reading literature increases one's capacity for empathy in real life. It helps us understand other people, empathize wit.... read more
The back-to-school whirl of September is a test of any parent's organizational chops. All those schedules to plan, forms to fill out, activities to sign up for, gear to purchase, etc. Phew! We're glad that's almost over. One of the pitfalls of this back-to-school period is th.... read more
Parents often urge their kids to "be nice" or "be kind" to others. And young children frequently display spontaneous thoughtfulness and empathy.But general tendencies and general exhortations are just too...general.Young children learn best when given concrete, specific exa.... read more
Being a parent is nothing if not a balancing act, and we're usually balancing lots of different interests and needs all at the same time. Sometimes it's a balance between sibling needs, sometimes it's a balance between indulgence and firmness, and often it's a scheduling balan.... read more
Parents who send their kids off to preschool and kindergarten often hear surprising things when they come home. For starters, kids are acquiring a whole new "lingo," phrases and sayings that help create a set of shared behaviors and customs in the classroom. One of the funnies.... read more
No matter the age of your children, author Jon Scieszka has written something they are sure to love. Scieszka's stories are quirky, funny, and accessible, and he has made it a mission to make readers out of kids.For the youngest kids, Scieszka wrote the Trucktown books in coll.... read more
Look, up in the air... it's a bird... it's a plane... it's me! Every child dreams of flying high in the sky, soaring through the clouds and looking down at the tiny people and places below. While we can't give our child wings or a cape, we can take him to a tall tower or a.... read more
My girls and I have started reading a book that’s new to all of us: Caddie Woodlawn. It tells the story of a girl in pioneer Wisconsin who plays in the woods and helps on the farm with her brothers, befriends the Indians, and defies the local bully at her one-room school. .... read more
So much of education today is focused on reading and math. While we all know how critically important both of those subjects are, the first love of many kids is often science. From an early age, kids are fascinated by the natural world around them, from stars to animals to tre.... read more
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