My young children are fortunate enough to have never experienced the harsh realities of life and death. The closest they have come is an imaginary spider dying.
I cannot imagine having to live with that kind of fear every day, and I certainly cannot imagine having to deal with people who seemed so callous about the life of my child.
Every fighter thinks he's got one more victory left in him, and every runner thinks he's got one more great race. Usually, they're both wrong. Many...
As a teacher and a parent, I'm always looking for role models on how to do my job better, and some of the best examples I've seen have been my kids' coaches.
I refuse to shed tears in solitude. I will find a shoulder. I refuse to settle with smiles and looks. I will strike up a conversation, and learn about you and your children. I refuse to raise my son alone. I will be your eyes and ears, and you'll be mine.
Listen to your children's point of view without interrupting; perhaps they don't look forward to dinner because one sibling constantly teases them. The more you can get feelings out in the open, the more you'll reestablish yourselves as a team.
Radio Okapi reported this week that Congolese authorities have implicated a U.S. citizen identified as M. Samuel Jessy in an attempt to illegally smuggle seven children across the DRC's southern border into Zambia in an attempt to expedite their delivery to families in the United States.
We listened to the sound of the singing bowl on the first day of school. Actually, we listened to the sound of the bowl every day during the first week. The children were drawn to the bowl or the bell, as we sometimes called it.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.
In preparation for one of our high school reunion many years after graduation, the chairperson of our reunion suggested that each of us write about the best time of our lives. I gave this careful thought and simply wrote: "The present is the best time of my life."
Confounded by the conflicting studies and recommendations seemingly at loggerheads? At this point, it is better to tread with caution and limit screen time to the recommended two hours a day, especially in the primary ages, and carefully evaluate the quality of screen time at older ages.
What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!
During years of teaching children of many ages, I have observed how much they benefit from learning simple ways to guide their perspectives about what it means to be happy.
I have a strict policy in my house. No MMO games, or rather -- no MMOs that are actually enabled online. I know, some of you parents and grandparents are saying, "What? What's an MMO?"
Children need to be at least 4'9" and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds to make the move from a booster seat to riding with just a seat belt. Many kids are between 8 and 12 years old before that happens.
We tell our kids that they can be whatever they want. We tell them to shoot for the stars. But in our quest to teach them to be strong and daring and, dare I say, extraordinary, I can't help but wonder if we are somehow forgetting to teach them to appreciate the ordinary?