If someone had told me a few years ago that my now nine-year-old daughter's favorite extra-curricular activity would be her school robotics team, I would have been mightily surprised. Not because I didn't think that she was science- and technology-minded, but because just a fe.... read more
iPhones. Texting. Instagram. We've come a long way from being kids in awe over Atari or a dot matrix printer. To our children, many of whom will own a cell phone and comprehend the notion of the QWERTY keyboard by the time they are four years old, technology is all together.... read more
The computer is a magic machine. Those of us who work and communicate and play on one every day certainly think so, but to little kids the magic is truly palpable. Ask to see a picture of a caterpillar, for instance, and presto! Ask for a coloring picture of your favorit.... read more
Love for the writing of Dr. Seuss seems to be universal among kids. As a primary school librarian, I've seen even the rowdiest classes with the toughest customers fall mouth-agape silent under his spell. The same is true of my own son. When he was too young to show much int.... read more
Although my son is ten years old and possibly going on sixty, we have developed what I hope is a strong and lasting bond. Sure we do all the normal things parents are supposed to do with their children like playing and communicating with them, but I think this bond goes deeper.... read more
What does it really mean for a child to be a "techie"? Loving computers and gadgets may be part of the story, but there's a lot more to it than that. The main thing that sets a techie kid apart is an intense curiosity about how things work. That includes computers and h.... read more
To many parents, the word video games conjures up dark, loud rooms with flashing lights, mindless, violent graphics, and sallow, unhealthy children glued to a screen. But this is 2010, and video games have come a long way since Pong, Space Invaders and Grand Theft Auto. The.... read more
Learning the ABCs and 123s is a milestone for both parents and preschoolers. Preschoolers feel proud to start participating in written language and memorization, and parents feel relieved and secure knowing their child is mastering the basics of language and arithmetic befor.... read more
"I don't know how you do it!" How many times has someone said this to you? To me, often. In times past, I'd swallow back the sense of being somehow set aside as outside the normal, in a way that brings up that angsty teen feeling of being on display, and the implied criti.... read more
Dining out with young kids is like taking an aerobics class for the first time: it takes quite a bit of preparation and energy to get there, and when you finally do, the instructor introduces a new move that throws off your coordination, killing any good intention you may have.... read more
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