Category: Elementary Years

Whose life is/was harder—moms of the 21st century or moms of the 1950s? Today’s mom has a high-tech minivan with a DVD player to entertain her kids. And smartphones...

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Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to keep your kids healthy and stop them from touching toilets or licking random panes of glass in public, the germs end...

We all know recess is important for kids. Teachers know it. Parents know it. Kids definitely know it. And we need to stop taking away recess, full stop. Your...

We’re four weeks into soccer season, and my 4-year-old and 11-year-old are both playing. I’ll be honest: I’m over it already. Last week, we got up before God created...

My daughter started third grade today. No longer in the “little kid” hallway at school, no longer asking me to hold her hand the whole way there. She is...

A recent New York Times article asserted that parents who yell at their children look “out of control” and “weak” and that yelling is “the most widespread parental stupidity around...

I can still remember the discomfort of being hugged by certain relatives or church members I barely knew. I didn’t want to be that close to anyone. And I...

Ten years ago, Lenore Skenazy didn’t think she was starting a movement. She just thought she was letting her 9-year old son ride the subway, alone, through New York...

Richard Louv, author of the now-canonical Last Child in the Woods, writes in Orion Magazine about a young boy who was hyperactive. He was kicked out of schools, and...