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Bringing Play Back: The Value of Ditching Adult Supervision
It’s the second morning of holiday vacation, and already it’s begun. “I’m bored,” my middle child fumes, hanging off the[...]
Learning to Play: When Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Kay Redfield Jamison[...]
Raising an Entrepreneur: Eight Tips for Success
“Dad, I want to start my own business.” I felt equal parts of pride and terror as I gazed at[...]
Raising Readers: How to Build a Bookworm
It was bedtime and a tentative quiet had settled on the house. My son was in the living room, headphones[...]
The Importance of Imagination: How to Fire Up a Fancy for Fantasy
We were under siege. A deluge of rain had stranded our little family indoors like a shipwreck. To make matters[...]
Lessons to Learn: More Teaching, Less Preaching
I had been attempting to write the same article all afternoon. Starting and stopping. Pacing. Distracting myself by scanning the[...]
Fostering Independence: How to Step Aside and Help Kids Thrive
We were having the meltdown of the century. Maya, my seven-year-old daughter, was sitting on the rug, tears of frustration[...]
Book Review: 27 Magic Words by Sharelle Byars Moranville
27 Magic Words is not a charming little fantasy about wizards or fairy-tale lands.  Yet it does have a strong[...]
Book Review: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
If your child is a reader, a believer, a magic-wish-maker, then they need to read Natalie Lloyd’s A Snicker of[...]
Book Review: Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace
An old-timey story with surprisingly modern importance If your daughter hasn’t read the Betsy-Tacy series yet, go out and buy[...]
Book Review: Beauty by Robin McKinley
Technically this is more of a young adult novel, but would work as a good bridge for students at the[...]
Book Review: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Ah, The Dark is Rising.  This is a classic story that hits all the right notes.  It follows typical Arthurian[...]
Keeping Kids’ Brains Keen: Encouraging Engagement in an Electronic World
“Sure, Mom.” He mumbles it without glancing up, eyes glued firmly to the screen. I have a sneaky suspicion bordering[...]
An Open Letter to Parents
An open letter to parents trying to interest their children in reading   The train car swayed gently from side[...]

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