"The Boke of Chyldren": 6 centuries-old lessons for modern parents

"The Boke of Chyldren": 6 centuries-old lessons for modern parents

The first milk production recipe includes parsnip and fennel in chicken broth. Women who couldn't find the fresh produce necessary for that recipe could make a broth with mint, cinnamon, and mace. And if none of those spices were available, women could always turn to a beef tongue broth with dried and powdered earthworms. 

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The art of the lunch note

The art of the lunch note

I've seen the charge that the lunch note is a symptom of helicopter parenting, of parents not being able to let their kids be even for a few hours a day. But good lunch notes aren't a way to tell kids to do better in math, or make them feel better that they're trying really hard at math. They're physical evidence of an ongoing conversation. 

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What Captain Underpants Can Teach Kids About Writing

What Captain Underpants Can Teach Kids About Writing

Imagine you are were of the millions of fourth graders who devoured the first eleven books, only to find your school won't let you buy the conclusion. I'm sure many enterprising students at Arborwood found a way to read the last book in spite of the ban. Kids are smart. 

But that, like one of Pilkey's aptly-named lunch ladies, Mrs. DePoint. 

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Book Report #1: What makes you qualified to write a book about parenting?

Book Report #1: What makes you qualified to write a book about parenting?

When I started snackdinner, I knew I wanted to write a book. But I didn't feel I could write a book. In this first "book report," I want to share why I changed my mind, in hopes that those of you imagining your own big projects might be inspired to start. 

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Parents, you can stop worrying about these school-borne illnesses

Parents, you can stop worrying about these school-borne illnesses

Cold and flu season leads to lots of unnecessarily worried parents, in large part because the language we use to talk about disease is so confusing. Before you have to stock up on the tissues and chicken soup, take some time to sort the actually scary from the mere scary-sounding. 

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