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Excuse Me, But It’s Time to Role Model Good Manners for Our Kids

Posted by Christine French Cully on September 17, 2015

A friend remembers her mother trying to teach her and her sibling good manners at the breakfast table when they were young. “What’s the magic word?” their mother asked before sliding pancakes on their plates. The younger sister thought and then...

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Family Camping—A Breath of Fresh Air for Kids

Posted by Christine French Cully on August 06, 2015

It’s late afternoon. I’m writing this sitting in a lawn chair in front of a campfire, part of a tidy arrangement of tents and RVs. Above me is a canopy of trees. “Next door,” a mother and her small child are curled up in a chaise reading together...

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What I Learned Today about Monsters, Recess and Waiting

Posted by Mitch Mortimer on July 29, 2015

I had some fun drawing and making art with a classroom full of enthusiastic 2nd Graders today. I showed some of my art and they showed me some of theirs and then I even got the chance to sniff some of their "smelly markers." It was a good...

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The Hidden Benefits of Hidden Pictures

Posted by Mary-Alice Moore on June 22, 2015

There is something universally appealing about puzzles, no matter what our age or particular passion: jigsaw puzzles, word searches, mazes, Sudoku, or any of the puzzle-type games we have stored on our phones. The best puzzles are challenging but...

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A Short, Sweet Season of Childhood

Posted by Christine French Cully on June 10, 2015

When I was a toddler, family legend goes, another child tossed my lovey, a ragdoll I had named Monica, into a small barrel of trash that had just been lit. Before any of the adults present could stop me, I reached in and snatched my doll from the...

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Teaching Your Kids to Write Handwritten Letters: It’s Like Sending a Hug in the Mail

Posted by Christine French Cully on April 15, 2015

I’ve always thought that receiving a handwritten letter is like getting a hug in the mail.

I’m one of probably a handful of people who are truly excited—who even know—that April is National Card- and Letter-Writing Month. I’m in an even...

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What Is the Value in Children Doing Puzzles?

Posted by Allison G. Caplovitz, Ph.D. on January 29, 2015

Over the past 15 years I have studied the effects of media on children, and I continue to work to help create good content for children, both on and off screen. But as a mother of three children, I understand at a deeper level that digital screen...

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Does Talking to Adults Tongue-Tie Your Kids?

Posted by Christine French Cully on January 22, 2015

When my firstborn was just a baby, an artist friend introduced me to his children,  who were ages six and eight. I was surprised and delighted when each made eye contact, said hello audibly, and offered a handshake. They seemed so comfortable and...

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The Secret to Learning a New Language? Getting a Great Start in the Home Language

Posted by Karen N. Nemeth on October 22, 2014

“I want Sofía to learn English, but I feel funny reading in English when I’m just beginning to learn the language myself. Is it OK if I read to my daughter in Spanish sometimes?” Mrs. Ramirez asked her daughter’s preschool teacher, Susan. She was...

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Parents Are Distracted

Posted by Sylvia Barsotti on October 21, 2014

We have a new “baby” in our house—a puppy named Lily. Now, it’s been years since I had my three little ones at my feet, but when we brought her home, I thought, No sweat. I can handle a little bundle of joy in my life again, albeit a furry one....

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