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Life changing tips for mothers on how to organize clothes

Organizing clothes is the toughest task for a mother. Take a look at these life changing tips on how to organize your clothes as well as that of your …

7 Smart Tips for Storing Your Fine China

(Image credit: Rachel Joy Baransi)<p>Now that Thanksgiving is over, you might be able to hang up your hostess apron for a little while (unless, of …

5 Reasons Why Parallel Parenting Is Better Than Co-Parenting

We are not those folks.<p>Those folks who are divorced and who have kids and who can actually mumble a "hello" to each other and actually mean it.<p>Those folks who are divorced, remarried and invite each other over to their kids' birthday parties.<p>We are not those folks.<p>What happens when you are divorced …

Finally, There Are Emojis For All Your Parenting Woes

Featuring crying babies, diapers, laughing babies, a breast pump and poop in six different colors...<p>Emojis have become a way of life for smartphone users. But while the iconic keyboard offers cute little animals, junk foods, international currencies, and hearts symbols in at least seven different …

Parenting in a World Where Mass Shootings are a 'Thing'

It has happened again. Another mass shooting. It seems like this is becoming a regular occurrence. I scan the headline for location and start breathing again. It didn't happen here. Not today anyway. My gut instinct to get into the car and grab all my children slowly starts to subside.<p>Days like …

How Can I Get Child to Behave Nicely at Home? She's Perfect at School!

<i>I read a recent article from you regarding a daughter who was an angel at school and aggressive at home. This could describe my eight-year old daughter to a tee. I have sought help from doctors, health visitors and her school. I have tried The Naughty Step and 123 Magic. My question is do you have</i> …

“A Dream Come True” Glamorous Cinderella Birthday Party

Hostess with the Mostess®This party is literally “A Dream Come True” for my 4-year-old self, so I’m guessing that Kamryn and her princess-clad party …

Ingenious teacher uses LEGOs to make math fun & understandable for kids

Awesome educator Alycia Zimmerman of New York City is using her students’ favorite plastic blocks to help them learn math skills. The third grade …

Many Young Kids with Autism Still Not ID'd Until School Years

While there has been an increase in the number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) undergoing their first evaluation in the preschool …

Autism

7 ways learning a second language makes you a better person

7 ways learning a second language will make you a better person<p>IF YOU’RE READING THIS, you speak English. That means that you speak a language that …

Why I pulled my son out of a school for 'gifted' kids

NEW YORK — When our son got into one of the most elite, “intellectually gifted” schools in New York City, which also happens to be free tuition …

Horrid Henry, Michael Morpurgo and a vampire bat are honoured in the books prize chosen and voted for entirely by children<p>More amazing books are celebrated today as The Children’s Book Award 2016 shortlist is announced.<p>The award (formerly known as the Red House children’s book award) is the only …

Books

Becoming the Author of Your Life: The Gift and Challenge of Memoir

One of my favorite stories to tell when I teach or give talks is about the time I thought my youngest son Sawyer had leukemia. Mysterious bruises had appeared on his arm shortly after we started sending him to a day camp. He didn't like going to the camp, but at five he had been diagnosed with a …

Fall is known as the biggest season of the year for books. The titles that release during this latter part of the year often become holiday gifts, and many are blockbusters. Here are a number of outstanding books that we know people will be talking about over the next few months. - Click here to see the winners of this year's Fall Preview contests.

Near the top of Mount Everest, on May 10, 1996, eight climbers died. It was the worst tragedy in the mountain's history. Lou Kasischke was there. …

Here's how to get your children feeling good about maths

WE ALL KNOW there are endless career opportunities for science, technology and engineering graduates.<p>Maths is at the heart of each of these …

Mathematics

For too many kids, school holidays aren't times of fun. They're times of hunger

Increasing numbers of families are finding it a constant struggle to feed their children in the school holidays.<p>When David Cameron addressed the …

Schools for Wisdom: Personalized Project-Based Learning

The new documentary Most Likely to Succeed follows the journey of students at High Tech High, one of the best high schools in America. David Brooks …

PBS Students – Discover Educational Resources on Your iPad

<i>Parts of this post originally appeared on my other blog, FreeTech4Teachers.com.</i>PBS Students is a new iPad app designed to showcase some of the best …

Harley Quinn Halloween Costumes Are Here To Hammer Out A Whole Gallery Of Awesome

Harley Quinn (<i>Suicide Squad</i>) cosplayed by Lauren Valenti, photographed by Marie Claire.<p>We’ve already laid out the case for why Jared Leto’s Joker from <i>Suicide Squad</i> is the worst/funniest look to tackle for Halloween, but you definitely won’t hear us speaking ill of his counterpart, Harley Quinn. …

3 reasons why Finland is first for education

Finland at the top of the class again? Finnish people will be sceptical: How can this country fare so well in spite of a deep economic recession and rising unemployment figures?<p>Finland has just got a new government that has to introduce an austerity program, which must cut funding for education, …

Who Are The 'Gifted And Talented' And What Do They Need?

Ron Turiello's daughter, Grace, seemed unusually alert even as a newborn.<p>At 7 months or so, she showed an interest in categorizing objects: She'd take a drawing of an elephant in a picture book, say, and match it to a stuffed elephant and a realistic plastic elephant.<p>At 5 or 6 years old, when …

Education

French school makes Muslims and Jews wear red discs

Primary school outrages parents by making non-pork eaters wear red discs around their necks in canteen<p>A school in central France has provoked outrage for making Muslim and Jewish pupils wear a red disc around their necks at lunchtime so canteen staff would not serve them pork.<p>The Piedalloues …

This 23-year-old model who was discovered on Instagram just made history for H&M

The 23-year-old model is the fast-fashion giant's first model to be shown wearing a hijab.<p>The London native was discovered on Instagram, the fashion site adds.<p>She appears as a part of H&M's new "Close The Loop" campaign, which zeros in on recycling fibers for sustainable clothing — and features …

Feast Your Eyes: Gorgeous Dining Room Decorating Ideas

Find that you are not using your dining room nearly enough? Your space might be too formal, which is fine, but you have to eat somewhere! A beautiful breakfast table adjacent to your kitchen can provide an everyday dining space that is more functional and inviting than a formal dining room.

10 Books that Could Be the Next 'Gone Girl'

The ten books that just might rival Flynn's chilling tale.<p>Almost a year has passed since <i>Gone Girl</i> swept into theaters to dismantle the myth of sunny suburban marriage on the big screen, but our insatiable desire for the next Big Twist has far from faded. It seems like every new thriller with a …

Books

Leave Your Kids on the Curb and 8 Other Parenting Tips from Around the World

By Emily Lodish<p>Some global parenting styles might make American parents cringe, but others could definitely use a close study. Read on for a sampling …

Toss the flash cards: child expert urges intuitive parenting

NEW YORK — Parents should lose the flash cards, learning apps and other educational gadgets and strategies de jour, advises Stephen Camarata, a child …