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Shining Like a Diamond

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children need help escaping the poverty and violence and homelessness and unequal schools that are setting them up to fail.

How My Nerdy Childhood Prepared Me for Motherhood in the Age of Pinterest

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

I remember hand-dying a lace thrift store dress to just the right shade for my can can dancer costume. And, though I was only a fifth-grader, I wrote our whole skit in rhyme, incorporating and interpreting the works of Edgar Allen Poe.

A Rebellion of the Scheduling Sort

Emma Jenner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Parents claim to want a saner lifestyle where an evening is characterized more by play than by traffic. But what does this new awareness actually mean?

Putting School Year Activities Into Perspective

Asha Dornfest | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Asha Dornfest

There are serious logistics involved when your children are in school. What with the lunches and the clothes and the papers and the pickups and the drop-offs and the homework and the social and extracurricular activities and the vacation schedules (not to mention the volunteering)...

It's Time to Put Youth Sports Back in the Game

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 02.05.2013 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

Last month's election was monumental for young people in California. Voters approved the first statewide tax increase since 2004, dodging $6 billion in cuts that would have crippled our public schools and universities.

Why I Never Let My Kids Quit... Anything

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Deciding when to let your child quit something, be it Gymboree, Little League or SAT prep, is a question that never goes away.

Free-Range Extracurricular Activity: Pay Me to Ignore Your Kids

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

"I Won't Supervise Your Kids" ™ is different from soccer and ballet because the kids have to figure out what to do with themselves.

Why I May 'Push' My Kid

Denise Albert | Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents
Denise Albert

Do you push your kids? Do you let them quit? Do you encourage them to continue activities they don't particularly like? Is that even pushing them, or is it building character?