Most of us experienced some degree of name-calling when we were kids at school or on the playground. What happens to a person's psyche, though, when those hurtful names came from a parent?
We now see the effects less play has on children with higher rates of depression and anxiety. What can we learn from other countries so American kindergarten becomes developmentally appropriate, joyful, and creative once again?
Daughters of absent fathers (whether through death, divorce, or emotional neglect) often make the same mistakes, causing themselves immense anguish. By ignoring their anger, not being vulnerable, and blaming themselves, they can't move beyond their victimhood.
Our country's obsession with an "earlier is better" philosophy is cruel to children in kindergarten. A teacher points out how homogeneous reading groups, too many standards and assessments, and the elimination of imaginative play are evidence of this.
Whether your dad was absent from your life physically or emotionally, you suffered because of it. The last thing you want now as an adult is to let his rejection define who you are and limit your potential. Find out five ways to prevent this from happening.
An early childhood educator details what parents should avoid when choosing a preschool including computers, workbooks, and long circle times.
When looking for early education opportunities for their sons, moms often choose academic preschools. A teacher argues that dads should do the picking because they know how play, exploration, and hands-on learning mold a boy.
More and more research shows the positive effects outdoor play has on young children, and summer is the perfect time to capitalize on that. When kids are outdoor in nature, they build confidence as they use their bodies for new feats, take on more challenges, and explore the world around them.
It's a sad state of affairs today when practices at America's preschools don't mirror the latest findings in brain research and the critical relationship between reading, literacy, and play. Preschools are misleading parents, making them believe academic rigor at an early age is best when it's not.
Does your child hate going to preschool? Do they come home feeling drained and wanting to be left alone? Is their teacher worried they're not participating in all the day's activities? If any of this sounds familiar, your youngster is likely an introvert and the preschool isn't meeting their needs.
We're at a tragic point when preschools are seen as places to prepare students for kindergarten. Not only is this developmentally inappropriate and cruel, but it also has long-term negative consequences for our nation. It results in kids who are less creative, less curious, and less communicative.
When the author (a teacher) began volunteering at her son's middle school, she was shocked by the lack of academic rigor. There were few classes offered for students who needed to be challenged. Technology and engineering were not taught, and kids spend large chunks of time on their cell phones.
Are you driving your child's preschool teacher crazy? You probably are if you send your kid to class in fancy duds, expect special treatment for your precious tyke, fret about her being bullied, and pick her up late with no apology or explanation. Find out if you're being the pain at preschool!
If we want kids to experience art as a creative expression, a relaxing pastime, and a way to feel empowered, we're teaching it all wrong. Open-ended art activities (painting, drawing, and sculpting) have been replaced by teacher-directed craft projects, much to the detriment of young children.
Spankings, time-outs, and digital groundings are not only ineffective forms of discipline, but they hurt the parent-child relationship and can cause long-term psychological damage. Moms and dads use them because they're quick, easy, and get immediate results but what really works in the long term?
After a school shooting or other tragedy, our children need our support and comfort. They need to open up to us about their fears and look to us for reassurance that they'll be safe.
The Me Too Movement has opened our eyes to the sexual harassment women experience on the job but have tolerated silently for so many decades. It makes us stop and realize how we rear our girls to become victims by telling them to be nice, to smile, and to go along to get along.
If you grew up with a passive aggressive parent, you were affected in many negative ways. You may struggle to communicate directly, express your emotions, and deal with your anger.
If you're the daughter of an emotionally absent mother, you missed out on a lot of love and nurturance. Now, as an adult, it's time to reclaim your life and give yourself tender loving care.
When my son came out, everyone in our family seemed tolerant and accepting at first. As time passed, though, I began getting annoying questions and asinine comments. Instead of being supportive of me, these folks were expecting me to comfort them and be their source of all knowledge about being gay.
Grandparents should never underestimate how truly special there are in the life of a grandchild. They give the unconditional love and acceptance that nobody else does. They have the time, patience, and wisdom that moms and dads often lack. They can teach so much and add lots of fun and laughter.
Celebrity marriages come and go so it's impressive when a famous husband and wife make theirs last. From Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka to Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock, find out the secrets to their lasting and loving relationships.
If you start every sentence with "look," offer to "educate" someone, describe anything and everything as "amazing," and use "literally" when you mean "figuratively," you're getting under people's skin, but they're too polite to mention it. Find out what ubiquitous words are most annoying and why.
If you were a child who switched roles with her mom or dad—becoming the responsible caretaker, the attentive listener, and the wise counselor—you were parentified. You missed out on a happy, carefree childhood and may be suffering from depression, anger, and resentment because of it.
If you're constantly battling your weight and obsessing about food, the solution involves something other than dieting and exercising. It takes loving yourself and embracing life, not hiding from it.
A mother and teacher explains five of the biggest and most common mistakes parents make with their kids. If you're not putting your marriage first, becoming too emotionally enmeshed with your child, or not letting your kids fail, you're going down the wrong path. But it's not too late to change!
As the daughter of an emotionally absent mother, I struggled to trust other women. I worried about being vulnerable and opening up to them, fearing they would deny my feelings just like my mom always had. These 10 strategies helped me overcome my worries and build strong female friendships.
Not everything our parents told us when we were kids has become irrelevant. In fact, these five pieces of advice have stood the test of time and are even supported by scientific research.
Not wanting to parent like our own moms and dads, many of us have turned to something radically different with "conscious parenting." The focus is on letting go of our egos, accepting our children as they are, and letting them become our teachers. It allows us to enjoy parenting in a profound way.
If you grew up with an emotionally absent mom, it impacted your life and your emotional development. Understanding your journey can help you re-connect with your feelings and yourself.
I kept hearing from experts that leading a life of intention was the key to happiness and well-being, but what the heck did it even mean? While everyone needs to discover that for themselves, I learned for me it meant meditation, gratitude, living in the moment, and always making time for tea!
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in our country and, as a former fat kid, my heart goes out to all those who suffer from it. While concerned parents want to help, they often make the problem worse. By not looking at the bigger picture but only focusing on the weight, moms and dads miss the mark.
One in every three women sees themselves as fatherless. Whether your dad was lost to you through death, divorce, addiction, or neglect, you struggle because of it and need to deal with your hurt. If you don't, you may struggle with low self-esteem, eating disorders, and destructive relationships.
Some of America's finest movie stars are method actors. From intensely researching their roles to becoming the characters they portray, find out how these method actors commit to their art.
You can't listen to TV or radio without millennials getting called "snowflakes," blamed for the decline of shopping malls and chain restaurants, and attacked for their addiction to phones and Facebook. But, what the media forgets to mention is the many ways millennials are making the world better!
Bullying, name-calling, and political squabbling—we humans do a lot to divide us. Find out how compassionate listening does the opposite, building connections and giving relief to those in pain.
Depression and anxiety are on the rise, even among children and teens. After suffering for years, I finally discovered that self-empowerment is one effective (and drug-free) remedy.
Some people are impressed when a teenage girl proclaims, "my mother is my best friend!" Is being your child's buddy and play mate, though, really a good and healthy thing or just something that satisfies your ego? Find out from experts whether it's better to parent your child or befriend her.
While most of us agree it's hard to find a good man, we all know women who always have a guy in their lives, willing to settle for a creep rather than go it alone. Even today, when they have more financial freedom and less social constraints, why do some gals always need a man to feel complete?
It takes more than eating avocado toast, shopping online, and listening to podcasts to seem young and hip. It takes a desire to stay current and a curiosity about the ever-changing world around us. A person who is young at heart, no matter what their age, is always learning and evolving.
When my son got diagnosed with autism, family and friends turned their backs, leaving me shocked and bitter. Find out how to become a loving and compassionate human being again after a heartbreak.
Ditch the anti-depressants, hot yoga, and self-help books and embrace a life of gratitude. Discover ways to promote your physical and emotional health by slowing down to appreciate the little things.
Are you dating a man who's always late, gives you the silent treatment, and sulks when things don't go his way? If so, there's a good chance you're with a passive-aggressive guy. While he may seem nice and harmless, his silent hostility and covert retaliation can drive a woman insane!
Anxiety and depression are skyrocketing among our kids. While genetics plays a major role, moms and dads can also make an impact with the three E's: experiences, environment, and parental engagement.
As the daughter of an emotionally absent mother, I've struggled with sadness and anxiety most of my life. After taking anti-depressants for 7 years, I was ready to get off the medication and take control of my own well-being. By embracing my inner child, I finally found peace and joy.
Do you let people walk all over you because you don't set boundaries? Find out solid advice from experts on how to make changes in your life so you feel empowered and get the respect you deserve.
If you want to know what you're doing to chase men away, don't ask your pals. They know but are too gutless to say. This is the unvarnished truth of why you can't keep a guy.
I'm intrigued by mothers who are jealous of their daughters because it happened in my own family. While it may be caused by a mother's insecurity or regret over her life choices, narcissism may also play a role. Whatever the cause, it can make a daughter feel abandoned and confused.
Choosing a preschool can be an overwhelming task with so many choices. As a former preschool and kindergarten teacher, I urge parents to pick a place with a strong and distinct philosophy that attracts a community of like-minded moms and dads such as Montessori, Waldorf, and co-op.
As an early childhood educator, I've seen how gender inequality at preschool hurts girls as they become observers in the classroom, not doers. When teachers allow girls to wear princess dresses to class, praise their looks, and limit dramatic play to just a kitchen area, they're disempowering them.
We want a good relationship with our mom, but sometimes it's impossible because of her crazy-making behaviors. They include playing the martyr, rewriting history, and craving validation for her life choices. Whether she's emotionally damaged or narcissistic, she can't be the loving mom we want.
While most women dodge narcissists, some are actually attracted to them and even marry them. Find out the characteristics of women who fall for self-absorbed men and the impact it has on their lives.
The months have now turned into years and they're still there, waiting patiently for a proposal. Find out why some women are still single and ring-less and may remain that way.
Reading to your kids enhances imagination and stimulates dramatic play. But not all children's books are designed to do this. A teacher details 12 titles that are ideal for boosting creativity.
Parents in the United States are enthralled with academic preschools, buying into the belief that earlier is better. However, research shows that play is how kids learn best. It enhances their imaginations, promotes exploration, increases vocabulary, and builds social skills.
Parents want to build a child's self-esteem but unwittingly do so much to sabotage it. By validating their feelings, celebrating their uniqueness, having reasonable expectations, and letting kids be kids, moms and dads can offer an environment where confidence is promoted and youngsters thrive.
Researchers have discovered that over-the-top praise is not only meaningless to kids but can actually hurt them. Find ways to build your child's resilience by offering meaningful feedback.
If you're an introvert like I am, making chitchat is a struggle. But, unless you want to be seen as a social freak, it's a necessity of every day life and can even open you up to new possibilities for your career and relationships. So here's some ways to embrace small talk rather than dread it!
Have an egg roll like they do at the White House. Make sculptures with carrots and toothpicks. Learn the Bunny Hop. Bake a carrot cake. Enjoy these new family traditions and create Easter memories.
Ending a friendship is no fun but often necessary and sometimes even empowering. It's a way to take a stand and look out for ourselves, eliminating those who drain and deplete us.
Introverts such as myself may recall middle school as the worst time in their lives. Volunteering at my son's school, I see little has changed. If teachers and administrators, though, would consider introverts when planning lessons and extracurricular activities, they could make a huge difference.
If you've been a target of bullying at work like I have, you may wonder: Why was I chosen? Contrary to popular belief, research shows a bullying victim is not a doormat. She's typically a skilled worker, honest, ethical, independent, and well-liked.
Valentine's Day has become increasingly commercialized and people feel pressured to spend big. Do your kids a favor by showing them love is best shown through actions, not money.
Studies show grit is key to succeeding at school, at work, and in life. But moms and dads today often undermine grit by coddling their kids, smoothing away all their struggles, and not letting them fail. In the long run, this makes them less capable, less confident, and less likely to take risks.
Losing weight takes time so it's easy to lose motivation during the journey. We get sidetracked by life: relationships, jobs, and kids. By making it enjoyable (rewarding ourselves, exercising with a friend, and keeping a journal of our progress), we can lose the weight and keep it off for good.
Building intimacy between you and your partner is key to a satisfying relationship. While sex is certainly a big part of this, there are many other ways to get closer beyond the bedroom. Taking a bath together, going on a road trip, and becoming one another's "slave for the day" are just a few.
Has anyone apologized to you by saying, "I'm sorry you got upset by what I did?" Did you feel less than satisfied with that apology as though you were being blamed rather than the speaker taking responsibility? The truth is most of us stink at saying "I'm sorry," but we can do a whole lot better!
Going out to dinner is a no-brainer for a first date, but is it the best plan? What do you learn about a person when you're just sitting there awkwardly and eating? If you really want to get to know someone, do something out of the box: ice-skating, bocce ball, or going to a flea market.
Women who are fit and trim make themselves a priority: sitting down to enjoy meals, shopping for healthy foods, and making plenty of time for exercise, sleep, and leisure activities. When I stopped being a people pleaser and focused on my health, my life-long battle with weight finally ended.
Today, the label "narcissist" gets thrown around to describe anyone and everyone who's self-absorbed. How do you know if you're dating someone who's just annoying or someone who's potentially destructive to your emotional well-being?
Whether purposefully saying something to hurt us or simply stumbling upon a wound from our past, there are some words and phrases guys use that trigger a strong negative response from women. Telling us to "calm down," ordering us to "smile," and accusing us of having "daddy issues" are just a few.
What are you doing that's repelling men, not attracting them? From bringing up the same old problems to talking excessively about yourself to being too thin-skinned, find out 5 things that women do that really turn off men. What's considered okay with your girlfriends may not fly with the guys!
Summer means longer days, warmer weather, and lots of time with the kids. From making ice cream to building forts, to going on nighttime nature walks to learning about ladybugs, it's the season to live life to its fullest and create memories to last far into the future.
When helicopter moms and dads over-parent, they make their kids feel incompetent. Their children are less likely to take risks and accept new challenges because they fear failure. Respecting our children for who they, not hovering around them, is key to preparing them for a productive adulthood.
The weather is finally getting warmer and the days are growing longer. It's time to get outside with the kids and do fun things that cost virtually nothing. Go on a scavenger hunt. Eat green eggs and ham to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. Make a "bug bottle," and learn how to compost!
Tackle the winter blahs with these 8 fun family-friendly activities. Eat “Monster Toast.” Make gingerbread play-dough and have fun with shaving cream.
The long, lazy days of summer are over, and it's easy to descend into a fall funk. But don't despair! Autumn is the perfect season to slow down and create special stress-free moments with your family.
Parents sometimes think they're giving children pearls of wisdom but are really feeding them stupid platitudes that are useless and outdated. If you're saying "you can grow up to be anything you want, time heals all wounds, and you can't have too many friends," you really need to update your advice!
Did you grow up with an emotionally absent mother and suffer because of it? Find out how you can thrive despite your painful past.
When seeing Tom Cruise's look alike daughter, Suri, on the cover of the supermarkets tabloids, one can help but wonder why this dad forsakes his child for Scientology? Why is the pull of this religion so strong that Cruise ignores the primal instinct to parent and disconnects from his daughter?
As our education system grows more bureaucratic, elementary school teachers are under enormous pressure to assess students and meet Common Core standards. In the process, though, they can neglect the whole child (body, mind, and spirit) and that's when parents need to advocate for their kids.
Listening is a powerful tool in our work and personal lives. The author realized what a horrible listener she had become, how it was hurting her relationships, and took steps to change it.
The author explains how Cottage Style brings warmth, happiness, and informality into a home. It's fun and light, soft and cozy, eclectic and personal. Most of all, it never takes itself too seriously, letting your personality shine through and making your home a fun place to relax and enjoy.
If you hear something often enough, you're bound to believe it. Busy moms and dads, juggling family and career, are highly susceptible to hearing and believing incorrect information about parenting young children. Now it's time to set the record straight on important issues affecting their kids.
The Church of Scientology has received damning criticism of late. But what makes its long-time celebrity supporters such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley still defend the religion and credit it for their success?
Calendar, craft projects, teacher-directed lessons, worksheets, and "letter of the week" are part of the daily routine at preschool but are they supported by research? A former teacher explains why they're not only a waste of time but even detrimental.
The mom of a child with autism recalls the insenstive comments that magnified her grief. While most people were well-intentioned, anti-vaxxers felt the need to lecture her about vaccinations and everyone seem compelled to tell her about their cousin, aunt, friend, or neighbor who also had autism.
Parents do themselves and their children a great disservice when their expectations are way out of whack. When they don't understand the stages of child development, they create a lot of unnecessary stress in their families. We need to let kids be kids and stop pushing them to grow up too fast.
The author lists 10 celebrities who went to great lengths to get famous and stay famous. Marketing themselves has been key to their success. The list includes Madonna, Brad Pitt, and Miley Cyrus.
Times have changed so rapidly that many people forget that coming out was once a risky proposition for celebrities. The author details 10 who refused to keep their sexuality hidden even though it meant losing their fame. Some became bigger stars, some lost roles, and some face an uncertain future.
I suffered from social anxiety since puberty. As an adult, I took an anti-anxiety drug for seven years. I now regret taking it for so long, and I want to promote ways to overcome anxiety without drugs.
As a kindergarten teacher, I saw more children struggling with a poor pincer grasp. The muscles in their fingers and hands were not yet strong enough to hold a pencil correctly, cut with scissors, or color a picture without fatigue. Fortunately, there are things parents can do to prevent this!
A teacher with a master's degree in special education explains why inclusion is not enough. She urges parents to demand concrete services that will make a huge difference in their children's lives.
From calling you the wrong name to pointing out imperfections in your appearance, find out how bitchy bosses make you feel inferior. Their calculated moves are used to make them feel more powerful and you feel weak and self-conscious. But, once you spot their maneuvers, you can counteract them!
Start a new tradition in your home with a family movie night. Here are 20 titles that you and your kids will love including classics such as "Charlotte's Web," "Bye Bye Birdie," and "Mrs. Doubtfire."
Some of us are now caring for our aging moms and dads for a longer duration than they took care of us as children. As caretakers know all to well, it takes enormous patience and goodwill. The job becomes even more challenging if we had a rocky history with our parents as kids and now feel resentful.
Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious or non-secular event, you'll want to do these spring activities with your kids: grow a grass basket, create a cotton-ball rabbit, and have a treasure hunt.
Experts say communication is largely non-verbal: eye contact, hand gestures, and body language. Find out how you can project strength and confidence without uttering a word.
You may remember the perceptual-motor program at elementary school: walking on the balance beam, crawling through wooden shapes, and skipping around traffic cones. It combined physical and mental tasks designed to enhance balance, coordination, and gross motor skills. It's time to bring it back!
As an educator, I'm saddened by the way we now teach reading to young children: making them memorize sight words, drilling them on digraphs and blends, and emphasizing speed over comprehension. Most tragically, parents are left out of the equation when they're the very best reading teachers of all!
Stop the search! This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe you'll ever find. Gooey from the oven or frozen from the freezer, these cookies are what you've been wanting.
An educator and mom explains why Zoo-phonics is the ideal program to teach your child to read. It combines movement, music, and games that promote phonological awareness, the foundation of reading. It lets kids be kids as they act silly, wriggle, and use their imaginations.
When my 4-year-old son was diagnosed with autism, I worried about his future. Could he attend public school, go to college, and get a job? Given his limited social skills, though, the thing I worried about most was whether he'd have friends. With my help, he most definitely did!
While teaching kindergarten, I had many students enter my classroom with weak hand muscles and poor fine motor skills. It was difficult for them to hold a pencil correctly, cut with scissors, and string beads. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is making play-dough with your children!
Creating a happy marriage means being proactive. It means letting go of old, stale notions of what marriage is and definining it in a new, fresh way to suit yourselves.
Making pancakes is fun and easy. It has become a tradition in our family every Sunday morning without fail. Pumpkin and peanut butter are my sons' favorites!
Rebuilding trust in a relationship takes time, effort, and commitment. If you decide to stay and make it work, you might wind up with a relationship that's better than it ever was.
While some women naturally come up with cute and witty remarks to captivate their boyfriends, most of us have to work at it. As a diehard introvert, I always struggled to come up with clever things to say and it ruined my dates. Then, I learned to stop trying so hard and focus on him, not myself.
Throwing a Sweet Sixteen Party creates memories to cherish for a lifetime. The food, theme, and decorations come secondary to the bond created between mother and daughter as they plan it together.
Decluttering your home and getting organized is a commitment to yourself. It says: I'm worth the time and effort it takes to create a positive, peaceful space where I can thrive. Let's get going!
Staying with friends or family is a terrific way to save money when traveling and learn inside information about the place you're visiting. Unfortunately, some guests lack proper etiquette and made the experience miserable for their hosts. Find out how to be welcomed with open arms again and again!
The Common Core standards—with their push to teach reading in kindergarten through discrete skills—is not based on research and is hurting our youngest learners. Parents get the false impression that early reading has long-term benefits when it doesn't. Kids would be better served by more play.
Research shows young children learn best through play at preschool. But, because of standardized testing and academic rigor, a "push-down" curriculum has replaced exploration, hands-on learning, playing, and pretending. Unwitting parents think this results in smarter kids, but it doesn't.
Going against decades of research in early childhood education, preschools today have become more academic than ever. Youngsters are now guinea pigs in an experiment that may prove highly detrimental to their futures and ours.
Are you annoyed by people who always comment on how busy they are? This preoccupation with being constantly on-the-go is prevalent in American society but actually inhibits creativity and innovation.
As a teacher and a mother of an autistic son, I get outraged when educators deceive parents with the inclusion lie. Kids with special needs require special help and inclusion is not enough. Yes, it saves us money in the short term, but it has a long-range negative impact on kids and our society.
In this third edition, we look at two celebrities who've been dubbed courageous: Charlie Sheen and Caitlyn Jenner. In truth, one is a total douche-bag and the other a greedy opportunist.
A former preschool teacher explains how hands-on learning turns children into active learners. Their teacher is not the source of knowledge but a facilitator who encourages them to explore. Unfortunately, hands-on learning is threatened as the government involves itself in early childhood education.
The second edition is hot off the presses! It features three gorgeous women, 40 and over, who are grabbing the headlines: Kate Winslet, Sophia Loren, and Halle Berry.
Rosie O'Donnell, dubbed "the Queen of Nice," was once the darling of daytime TV. But recent events have us wondering if she's now "the Monarch of Mean."
A mom and preschool teacher suggests 7 toys that are fun, educational, and a good value. She advises parents to avoid the trendy and stick with what's stood the test of time.
This elegant bundt cake is sure to impress your family and friends. It's moist, delicious and unique. It will quickly become a favorite for the holidays or any special occasion.
When choosing a preschool, it's easy for parents to get enthralled by all the bells and whistles: their child learning Mandarin, doing yoga poses, and studying the violin. Yet, a former preschool teacher tells moms and dads that developmentally appropriate practices and lots of play matter most.
Self-absorption, bitching and moaning, extreme negativity, an inability to plan ahead...these are characteristics of teens that drive us parents nutty. But, if we appreciate that their brains are still developing and their behavior is normal, we can relax, stop worrying, and enjoy their teen years.
Do you love marzipan, the tasty almond treat that's often shaped like fruit? If so, these cupcakes – filled with the confection – are perfectly suited for you and your sweet tooth!
We nag our children even though it's highly ineffective and even destructive. If we figure out why we're doing it, we can stop and build stronger relationships with our kids.
A mom looks back eleven years ago when her 4-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. Dealing with feelings of anger and despair, she found relief by seeing a counselor. She urges parents to take care of themselves or they may become depressed, destroy their marriages, and neglect their other kids.
Many parents are unaware of a powerful tool they have to help their child succeed at school: the Student Study Team. A teacher and mother explains what an SST is and why it's so effective.
The Black Hills of South Dakota are a stress-free, family-friendly destination. Leave the crowds and high ticket prices behind and travel back in time to our country's Wild West.
Are you worried that your child's preschool isn't living up to expectations? Is the owner adding more students? Is she making a lot of unfulfilled promises about accelerated learning? Do you feel like your kid's creativity is getting squelched? These are red flags that need your immediate attention!
While bitching and moaning about our dysfunctional families can feel good and cathartic, it takes more to heal our pain and change our future. When I recognized my lineage of emotionally absent mothers, it empowered me to become an involved and empathetic parent to my two sons.
Bill Cosby has been famous for over five decades—long depicted in the media as the model husband, "America's Favorite Dad," and a champion of higher education. Now he stands accused of drugging and raping dozens of women over the years. How did he compartmentalize his world and lead a double life?
American students rank in the middle of the pack when compared to those around the globe. An average student in Finland and South Korea is a genius here. Why are we so satisfied with mediocrity?
Parents hate to see their children struggle with reading and will go to great lengths to help them. But, what many moms and dads don't understand is that reading difficulties are hugely preventable.
A reluctant hostess tells how to make a mouth-watering Italian-style dinner that's sure to leave everyone satisfied and impressed. Best of all, it's super easy and won't keep you in the kitchen away from your guests.
A former Catholic school teacher details the decline of Catholic schools in the U.S., especially in the inner city. She explains how they lost their identify by trying to be all things to all people.
I've attended IEP meetings as the parent of an autistic son and as a teacher of students with special needs. Whether there as a mom or as an educator, I left feeling dissatisfied, confused, and deflated. That's why I believe parents need to get more involved, speak up, and humanize the process.
Fudgy Bonbons With Hershey's Kisses are a surefire hit with both adults and kids. Watch them smile from ear to ear when biting into these delectable cookies and discovering a yummy surprise!
Groovy Blueberry Jell-O Salad is a light, refreshing treat for long, hot summer days. It's perfect for a picnic or neighborhood block party or dinner outside on the patio. Best of all, it showcases the blueberry – a “superfood” that's rich in vitamins and minerals – in a starring role.
Almost every preschool in the United States has circle time as part of its daily routine. Research, though, shows kids learn more with small group activities, kinesthetic learning, and hands-on exploration.
The days of housewives gathering at midday for elaborate luncheons have fallen to the wayside along side pantyhose, VCRs, and pet rocks. But this recipe for Savory Crescent Chicken Squares has survived the changing times and is still as yummy tasting and impressive looking as ever.
Bullying at school has become a much talked about topic, but what about bullying at work? It's more common than you think and can wreak havoc on your self-esteem.
When a pet dies, we might be overtaken by a deep sorrow that hits us harder than we expected. We might feel guilty or embarrassed for crying buckets of tears over Fido's death when we couldn't muster up a sniffle at Aunt Peggy's funeral. To heal our pain, we need to take deliberate steps to honor...
If you crave the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, this recipe for magic peanut butter middles is for you! These are the ideal cookies for an after-school snack with a cold glass of milk.
The author is a teacher and mother of an autistic son. She knows how painful it is to hear that your child needs special education. Some parents, fearing their kids will get labeled and discriminated against, reject early intervention services. She explains why this is a huge mistake.
As an educator myself, I get frustrated by the teacher-directed art that rules at schools today. The projects look the same and do nothing to promote creativity, independence, and initiative. Fortunately, parents can encourage their kids to do collage at home—simple art that inspires originality!
How do children go from enthusiastic storytellers in preschool to reluctant writers in elementary school? The author, a teacher and parent, explains how moms and dads can promote a love of writing.
When looking for a preschool, parents get impressed by an "escalated curriculum" with foreign languages, STEM activities, music lessons, sculpture, and yoga. What really matters is a school with a strong philosophy that emphasizes a learn by doing approach: playing, socializing, and exploring.
Columnist Michael Musto urges Warren Beatty and Annette Bening to speak out in support of their transgender son, Stephen Ira. The author says: " Leave these parents alone!"
Long before Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, there was Renée Richards. She fought to compete in women's professional tennis and won but faced a tidal wave of criticism and scrutiny.
When visiting the Bay Area, it's sometimes difficult to find affordable kid-friendly destinations. Solano County in the North Bay, however, has three that are fantastic for families.
A teacher explains what phonological awareness is, why it's important, and how parents can promote it, turning their children into strong readers, writers, and spellers.
Are you busting your butt at your job to no avail? Working hard is not enough. Add some new skills to finally get noticed: Artful Brown-Nosing, Strategic Advice Seeking, and Shameless Horn Tooting.
Whoever designed the Monterey Bay Aquarium had children in mind. This kid-friendly experience includes touching pools, interactive displays, and the popular, Splash Zone.
The princess culture has invaded preschool with girls coming to class in full regal attire: long gowns, high heels, and sparkly tiaras. A teacher explains why this trend is harmful to girls, turning them into spectators, not participants, and making them need constant approval for their appearance.