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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests | Ted Dintersmith | TEDxFargo

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

There is no end to the debate about school reform, but there are certain things about education that seem like no-brainers. The problem is that they continue to be ignored by policymakers and in schools. Alfie Kohn lists 10 of them in the following post, which he first published in the American …

Teaching

You’re Doing Allowance Wrong

When it comes to kids and money, there are few topics that cause more confusion for parents than allowances. When should you start? Should it depend …

Kids

The War Against Boys

This we think we know: American schools favor boys and grind down girls. The truth is the very opposite. By virtually every measure, girls are thriving in school; it is boys who are the second sex<p>It's a bad time to be a boy in America. The triumphant victory of the U.S. women's soccer team at the …

Gender

Tiger Moms: Is Tough Parenting Really the Answer?

It was the "Little White Donkey" incident that pushed many readers over the edge. That's the name of the piano tune that Amy Chua, Yale law professor …

Parenting

Making Chores Easy for Your Kids

Don’t you wish that getting kids to do their chores was easy? That it would just be a natural thing for them to want to do? (And if you have one of …

Kids

THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good

The third grade classroom that was visiting our nature center for the day consisted of mostly boys–rowdy, loud and rambunctious boys. As we started …

The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

Undoing the damage of a hurried existence is possible.<p>When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you …

9 Body Positive Terms You Need To Teach Your Daughter

Being body positive is a challenge many women face daily. Talking about bodies in a loving way, when the media seems to encourage the exact opposite, …

Work

This researcher asked kids what's wrong with U.S. schools. Here are their ideas.

Should Schools Be Done With Homework?

At the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Fentress County School District in Tennessee announced that it would enforce a district-wide ban on …

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Researchers studied kindergarteners' behavior and followed up 19 years later. Here are the findings.

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How schools ruined …

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.

Crime

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 …

Parenting

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>…

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> …

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 …

Jada Pinkett Smith