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Nanny Emma's Picks: The Best Books for Kids, Part II (ages 6-10)

Emma Jenner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

There's something magical about going into a bookshop or library with a child who's just learning to read by herself. The sense of wonder is infectious, and you can almost see new ideas popping up as children excitedly survey the shelves and reach out to the books that call to them.

Nanny Emma's Picks: The Best Books for Kids, Part I (ages 1-6)

Emma Jenner | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

It's hard to tell which recently published books will stand the test of time, but in my decades of experience as a nanny, I've learned what to look for: Books that are designed to be read with children, not to them. Here are some of my recent favorites.

On Praise and 'Bribes': What the New York Times Got Right (and What It Didn't)

Emma Jenner | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Children need challenges and increased expectations as they age, but change can be scary, and offering rewards -- coupled with choice and a sense of autonomy -- helps make their introduction smoother.

Raising Gracious Children: 3 Ways to Help Kids Say Thanks

Emma Jenner | Posted 03.15.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

While it's natural for parents to want to give their children everything, make sure that along with toys and praise, you give your children the regular reinforcement that makes thankfulness a part of who they are, not just something they do.

A Letter to William and Kate

Emma Jenner | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

The English are truly great at bringing up resilient, well-mannered, brave, and kind children. Too many parents -- in our own country and across the Western world -- have lost sight of what we've always done right.