The Real Dangers of Childhood: How Do We Help People See Them?

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“I walked or biked to school for years, but my children don’t. I worry about the road. I worry about strangers. You can start to imagine evil on every corner. I do think they’re missing out. But I like to be able to see them, to know where they are and what they are doing,”stated […]

Should We Care About How We Parent?

Let’s face it. Parenting is no walk in the park, especially in today’s world, with concerns about things like GMO’s, too much screen time, and pressure to push your child to head of the pack at school and on the sports field. Parents make use of certain strategies in order to cope with and handle […]

How Best to Bust Myths That Harm Childhood?

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I’m not a fan of fear tactics. In fact, I often can be heard railing against them, as I believe the media’s obsession with them has made parents paranoid and forced children into a childhood that doesn’t look remotely like childhoodshould. Take, for example, the belief that earlier is better. Whether we’re discussing athletics or […]

Some Problems Don’t Need To Be Solved


Words. Nothing. Affection. Nothing. Space. Nothing. My daughter was very upset. With me. For the sake of this post, it doesn’t really matter why she was so upset. She just was. I tried everything I could think of to solve the problem. As I mentioned above. Nothing worked. Nothing even scratched the surface. She decided […]

Brick By Brick


“I used to believe my father about everything but then I had children myself & now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy.” Brian Andreas I am a mere apprentice. Each day I wake up, hoping to become a little better at my craft than I was […]

Technology Use in Teenagers and Children Shaping New Health Problems

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The innovative age of technology continues to inspire youth, both teenagers and children. This technology, however, may be causing serious health problems across young generations as well. And teenagers are embracing technology more than any other age demographic. According to statistics portal Statista, smartphone users between the ages of 18 and 24 spend over 90 […]

I Will Try Harder


“Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.” Rumi Approximately eight years and one month fromtoday my daughter will be graduating from high school. While I realize that graduation is a time of celebration and great joy, the thought of one of my children no longer living under my […]

3 Tips for Reading Aloud to an Impatient 11-Month-Old


One day last week, a mom who reads my blog emailed me looking for advice. She said that she had been trying to read aloud to her 11-month-old son, but that she was having a hard time getting him to stay put for the reading sessions. [Image credit:, Inspirational Reading Quotes] I sent her […]

10 Tips for Growing Bookworms


I believe that all children deserve to grow up with the opportunity to love books and reading. They won’t actually all end up as dedicated readers, of course – kids have all sorts of unique preferences and learning styles. But there are countless gifts that stem from growing up with an enjoyment of reading, from […]

Encouraging Your Child to Like Math: Why and How


In today’s quantitative world, it’s important that kids grow up with a positive attitude concerning math. When we raise our children to believe that they “hate math” or are “bad at math”, we do them a grave disservice in terms of both life skills and the job market. “Taking math courses matters. Research studies have […]