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  • 9/17/2014 That First Test of the Year First test of the year coming up? Most kids start off a new school year with the resolve to do better. For a little while, at least, it’s not difficult to get them to go to bed at a decent hour, get up on time, do their homework, and study. Now is the time to […] more>
  • 9/15/2014 How You Can Ease Your Teen into Using a Smartphone After having used a smartphone for a few years, it’s hard for me to remember what life was like without instant access to this technology. As I raise my tween boy – now 12 years old and in junior high – it can be difficult to remember what my childhood was like without carrying around […] more>
  • 9/15/2014 What The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Can Teach Us About Internet Safety? In the spirit of Douglas Adams, here are the answers to the questions. The answer is not “42.” However, –the internet is a type of universe. –surfing the internet is a more efficient, economical type of travel. –“It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount […] more>
  • 9/11/2014 Top 10 Lies Kids Tell Kids lie. They just do. Some do it more frequently than others while an especially rare form of child will lie just once, never to sin again. Yeah. Right. “You are so busted,” said big brother to little brother, who sported a chocolate mustache while yet denying he’d used up the last of the chocolate […] more>
  • 9/10/2014 My Child Has a Crush on an Adult   Yes. It’s true. My child does have a crush on an adult, his summer camp counselor. When he first confessed it, admittedly, I felt a little jealous. I mean, wasn’t I supposed to be his first and only crush, his first love until he grows up, falls in love and jilts me for another woman?Come on. […] more>
  • 9/8/2014 4 Favorite Tips for Teaching Children to Be Good Neighbors Three summers ago, we moved. Our new across the street neighbor came by and said, “If there’s anything at all you need—anything—please ask.” I could see her sincerity on her face and hear it in her voice. So a few hours later, exhausted from directing movers, cleaning cabinets, unpacking boxes, and supervising my children, I […] more>
  • 9/5/2014 Joan Rivers: A Role Model Like No Other   If you haven’t heard the news, Joan Rivers, a ferocious comedienne, an extraordinary professional, a compassionate, outspoken role model, and the funniest woman I’ve ever seen died after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a minor, medical procedure. She was 81. Funny people–I mean really funny people–make the world a brighter place, a lot […] more>
  • 9/4/2014 When Are Children Ready to Learn About Evil? When are children ready to learn about evil? Are the concepts of good and evil something that should be actively taught or do children passively absorb these cultural norms from their environment? Pondering these questions I realized that I cannot remember the first time I heard about the Holocaust and chances are you don’t either. […] more>
  • 8/31/2014 Auditory Processing Disorder: Should Your Child Be Tested? Auditory Processing Disorder: it’s what the experts call it when your child’s hearing is just fine, but she doesn’t always understand what is said. Does your child say, “What?” no matter how loud or slow you say things? Is she agitated in noisy public spaces? Does she greet most questions with a blank stare? She […] more>
  • 8/28/2014 Food for Thought Why do we eat the foods we do? And why are some foods elevated to the status of “comfort food?” Have you ever wondered why some of your parent’s and grandparents customs surrounding food live on? In his essay, “From the Land,” Max Brooks explored his own connection to home-grown food and gave credit to his […] more>