As Black History Month comes to a close, I thought I would share some resources for talking to kids about racism, in terms of both the historical context of our country and the present-day issues of prejudice.
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.
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.
No matter how much planning you do ahead of time, shopping for holiday gifts can feel overwhelming. Check out these hand-selected highlights from our Feel-Good Gift Guide to inspire, educate and entertain kids of all ages and stages.
I always look forward to the holiday book reviews, because, although I buy my fair share of toys, I'm a book-lover at heart. Every year I hope that they will provide me with perfect additions to kids' bookshelves. Every year, I'm disappointed.
Kids are changing faster in these years of early adolescence than at any time since infancy. They're trying to figure out not only how their bodies work but who they are going to be and where they fit in.