Kids are very good at saying no. Or rather, "NOOOOOO." And "No, No, No, No, No!!!!!!!" We don't like it when their no's are directed at us (which is 90% of the time). We don't like it one bit. And yet, perhaps we can learn something from our children's vigorous objections. .... read more
Elementary school is a time of tremendous growth and learning. Just think of the transformation that takes place between the first day of kindergarten and the last day of fifth grade. We barely recognize these kids! Looks and height are the least of it. They've become.... read more
The Olympians series by George O'ConnorReviewed by Ashley O'NeillAt this point in my children's reading lives, I feel like we have accumulated every mythology book out there. We have the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series (and all the companion books, too), D'Aulaires .... read more
Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable and persistent traits, and something I battle with—largely unsuccessfully—every day. For me, anger is the most tempting of th.... read more
As soon as my girls started watching feature films, my husband and I decided to create a family tradition that would get us all together around a favorite movie. Thus was born movie night. Every week, the girls would look forward to the one night in the week when they'd be all.... read more
It's so hard for parents to keep the balls moving, isn't it? It used to be that being a "juggler" with modest ability was sufficient; but now, it seems as if the balls must be juggled at a break-neck speed (indeed!) or life will come crashing down all around us. No wonder our .... read more
When parents select a school for their child, it's the beginning of a very important partnership between the school and family. Just like any partnership the success depends on a number of factors including the establishment of a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Once yo.... read more
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
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