You may think that kids could be whatever they want for Halloween. Alas, even Halloween costumes are not immune to gender, racial, or religious debate. Post photos of your child's wild and wacky costume.
So, Hamilton will remain our “ten dollar founding father” and Harriet Tubman will be on the $20. Seems like a good week to talk about money...Oh, I made a rhyme! ;) “Mom, I want (insert item du jour).” How many times have you heard this? How do you respond? How do you teach kids that money [...]
Sustainability Strategies For Your Family: Being Green Is Not As Hard As Kermit Would Have You Believe
I recently attended a talk with Karen Weigert, former Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago. Yes, Chicago has a Go Green office and our city is actually doing some great things. (Click here for Chicago's green initiatives.) One of the questions for Karen was how to involve children in the process of enhancing sustainable [...]
This is a heavy topic for today yet a friend of mine asked me to talk on this after one such drill at her child’s school. And unfortunately, it is a topic that parents must address. Remember the times of tornado drills (of course, that depends on where you grew up), taking cover under your desk [...]
For years, teachers, parents, and after school specials have tried to encourage kids that being “cool” might not be so cool at all, that aspiring to be the Queen Bee or Homecoming King is a wasteful endeavor. Really though isn’t this just out-of-touch adults trying to make kids feel better about themselves because what teenager does [...]
The end of the first marking period is rapidly approaching and that can only mean one thing…report cards. As report cards are a formal representation of how children and teens are doing thus far this academic year, it should not be surprising that this can be a stressful time. What happens if your child or teen [...]
It's that time! FB has been filled with adorable back to school pics. Click & share for tips.
How did children's birthdays become the battle of extravagance? What ever happened to a good old fashioned pool party at the local park? How did it become the norm to bring gourmet cupcakes to school? What happened to the homemade ones or at least the ones from the local grocery store. Having a summer birthday, I [...]
Did you hear about the 5-year old boy in the UK who was banned from an after school group for wearing princess dresses? You can read the article here. Apparently the other kids were uncomfortable, although based upon the article, that is debatable. His parents were told that he could return to the group if he [...]
Every parent questions when and how to talk with their children about sex and it is an important question as parents play a significant role in their children's sexual beliefs and activities. Your child or teen might not seem like they are listening but the reality is that they are. It's been shown that teenagers who have [...]