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Parenting

Photographer Captures The Soul Of The Forest With Stunning Animal Portraits

Konsta Punkka is a wildlife photographer from Finland who captures the everyday lives of some of Earth’s most skittish forest creatures. Armed with a …

How I learned from my sister that standardized tests have nothing to do with real life.

Washington Post

Mom's Response To Being Called A 'Bad Mommy' Over Son's Tutu Goes Viral

The story ignited a huge response from the social media sphere.<p>After a stranger called her a bad parent for letting her son wear a tutu, a Massachusetts mom responded to the upsetting words with a powerful message.<p>Last week, Jen Anderson Shattuck posted a photo of her 3-year-old son Roo wearing a …

Child Abuse

Finally, the Right Job Description for Parenting

I think the warrior is one who has the right job description for parenting.The warrior parent knows that it is not her job, nor her right, to protect …

Parenting

Don’t Be Pretty – Be Beautiful in 2014

Tish and I were walking together on the beach last week. She stopped to look out at the water so I did, too. She put her hand in mine, looked up at …

Addressing unconscious bias

Does lopsided male representation in media skew our perceptions? Geena Davis believes it does and corporations have a critical role in driving change.<p>…

Gender

How to Give Ownership of Practicing a Musical Instrument to Your Child

<b>Practicing a musical instrument regularly is tough for most kids.</b><p>That <i>does not</i> mean that when your child is giving you a hard time about practicing it …

ENGINEER EXPLAINS WHY COMMON CORE MATH IS A DISASTER

<b>[A state board of education member said this was one of the best articles against Common Core Math that she has read, and I agree with her. Cynthia</b> …

Education

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me. She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set …

On Raising Beautiful, Butt-Kicking, Feminist Girls (or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Girl Scouts)

Before I launch into this post about my eleven-year-long quest – nay, <i>struggle –</i> to raise girls who trust themselves, and honor themselves – and more …

Be A Bitch: A Wish For My Daughters

You hear it a lot these days in music, movies, friends using it as a term of endearment. Bitch. The first time I was called a bitch–like, 30 years …

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portraits

Let My Daughter Roughhouse

My daughter Ellis was playing with some friends. These friends are older and are boys and the play was getting rowdy -- just a little rowdy. Gentle, happy rowdy. No babies were being harmed in the making of this rowdy.<p>In the middle of the shouts, giggles and wiggly baby limbs, the mom of one of the …

Parenting

Girls and Long Hair: What Message Are We Sending?

I grew up hating my hair. Mousy brown (that's right, I was not born with this vibrant, ever-changing gray-red hair), super fine, lifeless... I dreamed of having bouncy, shiny hair like those orgasmic beauties in the shampoo commercials. It's probably why I've had no problem trying so many different …

Parenting

Prevent Another Steubenville: What All Mothers Must Do for Their Sons

When Max was just a few months old, I sat cross-legged on the floor with him in a circle of other mothers. The facilitator for our "Mommy and Me" playgroup would throw a question out to the group, and we would each volley back an answer.<p>"What quality do you want to instill in your child? What …

Women's News

Before I Forget: What Nobody Remembers About New Motherhood

No one should expect a woman with a newborn to be "on cloud nine."<p>NBC<p>Early one morning when my daughter Rosie was a few weeks old, I packed her up in a baby carrier and took her to the drugstore, which felt at the time like an ambitious outing. It had been a rough night, and she was now happily …

The Case for Teaching Kids 'Vagina,' 'Penis,' and 'Vulva'

Sex-abuse prevention educators want children to understand that "private parts" are off limits to others. But they also want kids to be comfortable using what linguists call "standard" dialect for these parts, rather than euphemisms and colloquialisms.<p>normanack/flickr<p>One bright morning in late …

Tintype Maker

<b>What I see is what you get.</b><br>"I don’t take pictures for the sake of photographing. I take photographs to express what’s going on inside of me. …

Photography

The authoritative parenting style: A guide for the science-minded parent

The authoritative parenting style: Warmth, rationality, and high standards<p>A guide for the science-minded parent<p>© 2010 - 2013 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all …

Peer pressure: It’s changed since you were in school

Technology and a fast-paced culture have radically altered what your children are dealing with<p>By Rob Levey<p>While kids have always had to contend with …

Parenting

KQED

By Alix Spiegel<p>In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods …

How ‘Productive Failure’ In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick

Learning from failure has become a popular idea in education recently, partly because it feels like common sense to many people. In a general way, …

Learning

Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids?

Rather than creating a new generation of pleasure-readers, forcing kids to keep track of their reading time can turn it into a chore.<p>Children who read regularly for pleasure, who are avid and self-directed readers, are the holy grail for parents and educators. Reading for pleasure has considerable …

Education

Pe-TISH-ion

Two nights ago, my ten-year-old daughter, Tish, who is a younger version of me (in every wonderful, terrifying way) sat on my bed and said with a …

Mind

Why The Founders Of Threadless, Kickstarter See Montessori As Entrepreneurship Education

Can you teach innovation?<p>In Evanston, one school thinks it has found the secret sauce to molding the entrepreneurial mindset, based in an education …