Change often brings controversy. That is certainly true these days about the new Common Core curriculum in education. An attempt to establish more rigorous education standards, it has created much debate about an emphasis on testing and its impact on children.
This year, between Thanksgiving weekend and New Year's Day, an estimated 100 million Americans will travel by car, train or air to visit family or go on vacation, based on forecasts issued in previous years by the American Automobile Association.
Three recent stories in the news reflect changes taking place in the way children are developing. They reflect not only children’s exposure to technology but also the influence of a current emphasis on brain development and early academic achievement.
Parents and children enjoy spending quality time together, but it's not always easy to find shared interests. The backyard, however, can provide the perfect place for generations to meet when parents help kids learn the delights of bird-watching and bird-feeding.
Justifiable concern has been expressed about the exposure of children to bullying on social media and in school. Less attention is paid to those who do the bullying, and how to address what is clearly destructive both for them and their targets. It would seem that education has an important role to play here, since both the bullied and the bullies are usually in the same classrooms or schools.
Brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care too - like avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of their paws safe from ever-changing weather conditions, and getting regular veterinary care.
Crisp air, changing leaves and cozy knit sweaters signify the return of autumn. Fall can be a busy time for most families, juggling back-to-school routines, carpools, homework, after school events and sports practice. Now is a great time to slow down, bring the whole family together and enjoy all of the exciting activities fall has to offer. Here are a few fun ways to spend quality time with your family and relish in fall to the fullest:
Several parents of young babies were having a discussion about sleep issues. The main controversy seemed to be about “letting babies cry,” whether or not it is a good idea, whether or not it is damaging to infants and whether or not it really works.
Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block.
As parents, we at times “lose it” with our children and may say or do things of which we are not very proud. By way of explanation, we often say that kids know how to “push our buttons.” There are ways in which our children seem to know how to get to us. Like a match to a wick, children can engage in behavior that touches some nerve within us. There is something about that behavior, or something within ourselves that is set off, or some combination of the two that causes a conflagration.