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The Claremont Thanksgiving Debate
In my suburban community in Southern California there are two public elementary schools that have traditionally celebrated together the week of Thanksgiving each year with a "Friendship Feast." But a debate over dressing as Native Americans and the authenticity of the event polarized my small town.
Teaching Young Children About Nutrition
While getting various vitamins and minerals in a child's diet is important, almost more important is teaching children habits which will lead to their making nutritious decisions on their own. So what is appropriate to tell a young child about nutrition?
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Looking for ideas for end-of-school year gifts, holiday gifts or teacher appreciation gifts? Here are some ideas for finding a gift teachers will love to get and parents will love to give.
Tangled - Review From a Mom
A mom's review of the 2010 Disney princess movie, Tangled, with themes for exploration and discussion with young children.
Talking to Children About the Japan Earthquake
Parents struggle with how to discuss the tragegy of March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and similar disasters with children. While respecting age appropriate exposure and emphasizing that children are safe, consider exploring the values of generosity, heroism and empathy with kids.
Talking to Children About September 11
In honor of the 10th anniversary, thoughts and ideas on how to discuss and pay tribute to the events of 9/11/01 with children.
Talking to Children about Osama bin Laden's Death
"The Wizard of Oz" is a great tool for talking to kids about Osama bin Laden's death and the resulting discussion/controversy that has emerged about celebrating the death of an enemy.
Taking Children to the Theater
Taking kids to the theater, concerts and ballet can be a great experience. Tips and guidelines for what to expect and how to help children behave at performances.
Swapping Children's Books – A Valuable Choice
Swapping books is offers valuable lessons for children that far exceed the cost savings alone.
Sustainable Family Living – Three Easy Changes
Many families today want to live more sustainably and set good examples for their children. Here are three easy things families can do live more sustainably.
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