Parenting, Issues, Education

December 6, 2018

In a time of so much derision, intolerance, and miscommunication—so much noise—we must be clear with our children about the importance of kindness and acceptance. Now that we’ve survived early November’s tug-of-war politics and been reset with thanks and giving as November closes out, we can ...

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My good dog, Langston, once brought me along a path farther and muddier than our normal walk. As we climbed the hill under the power lines, I was looking down to avoid getting my feet sucked into the sludge, and I saw apples. I stopped. I thought, “That’s odd!” and, just as in the movies, looked up ...

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It’s that time of the year again. The flood of campers and kayak-toting cars dwindles, replaced by yellow buses and frantic parents in SUVs. Let’s start this school year right. As you get your routine and logistics in check—bedtime, school supplies, clothes, equipment, driving and bus times, ...

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“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” —A. A. Milne The perfect family is a myth. Some are more fortunate than others, favored with good health, strong family ties, seemingly effortless abundance, but ...

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From birth to age 3, how much language children hear can make all the difference in their school readiness and their future. Doctors and famed literacy researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley identified a 30 million word gap among children based on socioeconomic differences. These findings also ...

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Lately I’ve been fascinated by a new flavor of pie: psychologically informed environments (PIE).  This “enabling environment” concept originally appeared as a kind of operational framework for therapeutic communities such as homeless resettlement and social services. I’ll spare you the footnotes ...

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