Archive for May 2016

Life lessons from the dance recital that have nothing to do with dance

Life lessons from the dance recital that have nothing to do with dance
This weekend was my daughter’s dance recital. Actually, she had two of them and one additional performance the night before. Six plus hours of dance in less than two days is a lot of dance, and I realized that there is a lot of learning that can be done in that time. Perhaps these life... Read more »

Tips for providing your adolescent with an enriching, productive summer

Tips for providing your adolescent with an enriching, productive summer
School is out next week for us. While I’m excited at the fun and freedom it brings, I’m always a little nervous when we are looking at some time out of routine. That’s why I’m excited to welcome guest poster Karen Jacobson here with tips for providing your adolescent with an enriching, productive summer. She... Read more »

Wonderful Jim Henson quotes about parenting and life

Wonderful Jim Henson quotes about parenting and life
On May 16, 1990, Jim Henson died at the age of 53. I remember hearing the news in Mrs. Neighbor’s eighth grade social studies class, and being overwhelmed with sadness. While I may not have fully appreciated Henson’s creative genius in the way I do now as an adult, I knew that he and the characters... Read more »
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Knowing when to say yes to that app

Knowing when to say yes to that app
I’ve known Galit Breen since we met at the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop several years ago and I’ve shared her writing about parenting a tween daughter and teaching kids about kindness online here before. I really value her unique perspective as a mom, an educator, and author. She is the author of Kindness Wins, a... Read more »

Smart, thoughtful pieces about parenting older kids

Smart, thoughtful pieces about parenting older kids
There are a lot of smart people producing smart, thoughtful pieces about parenting older kids. Here are some of the ones I’ve recently come across, in print and in video, that address everything from family dinner to chores to free time to worrying to the importance of repeatedly reaching out to our kids. Hope you... Read more »

The best advice I've gotten from a 13-year-old

The best advice I've gotten from a 13-year-old
Friday was an early dismissal day from school and when my daughter burst through the back door, two of her good friends followed closely behind her. My daughter headed upstairs to change before they headed to the park.  Her two friends looked at me and each cocked an eyebrow. I was sitting on the floor... Read more »
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Tips for teaching kids about managing passwords to all their accounts

Tips for teaching kids about managing passwords to all their accounts
The first Thursday in May is National Password Day. I admit, this event is not marked on my calendar, but I think it’s a good idea in several respects, especially as a parent. National Password Day exists primarily to remind people to create strong passwords that actually protect their info and to change passwords regularly... Read more »

Happy Star Wars Day! Scenes from Star Wars Launch Bay in honor of May the 4th

Happy Star Wars Day! Scenes from Star Wars Launch Bay in honor of May the 4th
Happy Star Wars Day! May the force be with you on this May the fourth! This unofficial holiday first began in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister of Great Britain and her party placed an ad in the  London Evening News saying, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.” This was not... Read more »