It’s Summer – Let Them Slide…

lots of kids on slide…and swing and ride and build. Then play some more.

More than anything else, kids need time to play, especially in the summer months when unstructured time is abundant. Play is how children learn. How they process, discover, and master life skills. [Read more...]

Dodging Hatred & Prejudice

jackie 42If your middle or high school kids haven’t seen the movie 42 yet – make sure they do.  And see it yourself, too.

Predictable it is. But the historical film of Jackie Robinson’s journey to become the world’s first African American major league baseball player has a fabulous message for older kids – and adults. Some schools are making it a year end field trip for social studies or history class. [Read more...]

The Tragedy Talk…Again

My 13-year-old has a lot to say about the Boston Marathon tragedy. Boston is our home. Frightening how close that word Marathon is to Massacre.

“Why does this keep happening to our country?” she said to me when she first heard about the explosions.

“What sick person would do this?”

tearsShe was barely two-years-old when 9/11 rocked our world. Now she reads about terrorists in history books. And in the past 18 months, she has witnessed far too many horrific events unfold in the media, on Twitter and Instagram. [Read more...]

Words that Work: Kids and Tragedy

It’s horrific. It’s scary. And it’s hard to know what to say, or what not to say, to our kids.

When tragic events happen in our world, like Columbine, 9/11, or the latest disaster in Colorado’s movie theatre, they stop us in our tracks. They imprint on our brains and our kids’ brains. [Read more...]

An Amazing “Summer School”

It started on a July day in 2004.

Three wide smiles with missing teeth filled my rear view mirror. That image of three giggly girls licking ring pops and bopping to the music is imbedded in my brain. You’d never guess that my two daughters had just met their soon-to-be-sister from Harlem, 6-year-old Evi. [Read more...]

Seeing the Other Side of ADHD


A diagnosis. A label. An acronym that carries preconceived ideas for so many people.

For some, Attention Deficit Disorder or Hyperactivity Disorder conjures up visions of students who can’t sit still in class or impulsive kids who disrupt a teacher’s lesson. For others, it’s a child (or an adult) who can’t focus, stay organized or follow through on a simple task. [Read more...]

Talking About Race with Kids

Talking about race with kids can be tricky. If you want to teach color blindness, ideally, you don’t want to draw attention to it or make a big deal about it. [Read more...]