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How to raise happy kids – 10 steps backed by science

<b>When you ask parents what they want for their kids, what’s usually the most common reply? They want their children to be happy.</b><p>… <b>the well-being of</b> …

Kids

This salmon piccata is light and creamy at the same time

When it comes to Italian-American food, chicken piccata is the dish of the people – it’s simple, it’s delicious, it’s inoffensive and its comforting. …

How to motivate older kids without using rewards, punishment or fear. (No, really.)

Bo Burnham’s movie “Eighth Grade” brilliantly captures the challenges facing tweens and teens. Kids at that age are experiencing a complicated and often awkward time of self-discovery and growth<i>.</i> They are concerned with their identity and sense of self, yet much of what they see and experience can …

Middle School

Our 10 Easiest Skillet Meals — Recipes from The Kitchn

There's a reason skillet dinners have a regular place in my meal plans: These one-pan dinners are easy to pull off any night of the week and they …

The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

On New Year's Eve, back in 2012, Savannah Eason retreated into her bedroom and picked up a pair of scissors.<p>"I was holding them up to my palm as if to cut myself," she says. "Clearly what was happening was I needed someone to do something."<p>Her dad managed to wrestle the scissors from her hands, but …

Standardized Testing

What Kind Of Parent Are You: Carpenter Or Gardener?

There are two kinds of parents in modern America, says Alison Gopnik in her recent book, The Gardener and the Carpenter.<p><b>About 'How To Raise A Human'</b><p>Does raising kids have to be stressful? Is it really dangerous for babies to sleep with mom? Do chores have to be a fight? Over the next month, NPR …

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

I'm a Registered Dietitian and These Are the Only 3 Healthy Eating 'Rules' I Live By

Even as a registered dietitian, it’s quite the challenge to keep up with healthy eating trends and newest diets on the block. There’s always a new …

Comfort Food

Seven YA novels that show the lives of teens across the world

Many fantasy, sci-fi and historical novels are set in or inspired by countries across the world, but English language YA contemporary stories disproportionately take place in the US and UK – and those that are set in other countries are often told by newcomer suffering from culture shock, rather …

Books

Life’s Work: An Interview with Deepak Chopra

Dustin Aksland<p>At age 45, Chopra left his career as a prominent physician and hospital administrator in Boston to start his own center, in California, focused on integrative medicine. The author of 86 books and a seasoned public speaker, he also advises organizations and individuals.<p>HBR: What’s the …

LISTEN: Why all teachers (secondary level included) need to take a second look at play

If you think you know what play is, how effective it is for learning and when it should be used in schools, Dr Sara Baker (@SaraBCam) thinks you …

Clean Up Corrosive Interpersonal Dynamics on Your Team with This System

“The consequences of not identifying and addressing conflicts and corrosive team dynamics are always dire,” says <b>Laura Gates</b>, whose work as an …

The 8 Best Netflix Shows And Movies Debuting March 2018

The standout movies, shows and documentaries.<p>Netflix is adding quite a few original projects this March, but somehow none of them are a gritty retelling of the St. Patrick story tied to the March 17 holiday.<p>Personally, I’d be happy to spend a couple hours of this month watching a man fight …

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

Raising mentally strong kids who are equipped to take on real-world challenges requires parents to give up the unhealthy — yet popular — parenting practices that are robbing kids of mental strength.<p>Of course, helping kids build mental muscle isn’t easy — it requires parents to be mentally strong as …

A Look Back: More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

<b>Over the next ten days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing</b> …

Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

<b>Practicing growth mindset:</b> Growth mindset consists of assurance, adaptability, and an openness to accepting assistance, so embolden your students by …

Polarize your Thanksgiving guests by serving up a Hot Cheetos turkey

Interested in getting barred from all future family Thanksgivings? Consider bringing a turkey covered in Hot Cheetos dust to this year's gathering.<p>We …

Snacks

6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

<b>Recorded Directions and Responses:</b> These are simple but powerful tools, especially for students whose reading and writing skills are still …

Teaching

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

The suggestions offered here range from simple to complex, and anyone can start to create the ripples that shift classroom and school …

Teaching

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

An analytic rubric would break each of those general levels down even further to include multiple categories, each with its own scale of success—so, …

Pedagogy

Preschoolers need more play and fewer scripted lessons, says early childhood educator Erika Christakis

In her just-released book, “The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups” (Viking), noted early childhood educator and …

'I Suck': How Guys Use Self-Deprecation Against You

By now, you've probably heard of "gaslighting," the increasingly popular term for the various ways in which men convince women that they're "crazy," …

Prominent Scholar Calls Growth Mindset A “Cancerous” Idea, In Isolation

A prominent education scholar who specializes on issues facing Black boys and men in education has questioned the utility of the popular concept of Growth Mindset. Dr. Luke Wood, a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University and purveyor of the nationally broadcast course …

HBCUs

How to influence culture when you’re not the CEO – Signal v. Noise

“Culture starts from the top,” it’s often said.<p>But is that really true?<p>Surely, it is easier to influence company culture when you’re at the top. As a …

This life coach gets teens into Ivy schools for $950 an hour

In 2013, Chris Rim was the first student at his Englewood, NJ, high school to get into Yale in almost a decade. Everyone was shocked: Rim “only” had …

College & University

Minchita's Baked Pork in Thai Coconut Sauce

Minchita’s Baked Pork in Thai Coconut Sauce<p>Grilled or baked pork is a typical street food in Thailand. It is the way the pork is scored and marinated …

Rekindling Excitement for Familiar Classes

Successful teaching, the kind that really makes a lasting impression, requires more than just knowledge—it takes enthusiasm, partnership, and …

Pedagogy

4 Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes Vying for a Spot on Our Table

Cooking

Be a Hero, Roast a Pork Shoulder on Thanksgiving

Because even if there always has to be a turkey, that doesn't mean there shouldn't be something else, too<p>Naturally, most families would riot if you didn’t make a turkey. But let’s be real: Nobody truly loves the bird, which is why in my family there are two Thanksgiving nonnegotiables. One: There …

Cooking