Once I started listening to myself, I realized that I'm often asking some version of "why?" in response to almost all of my child's emotional outbursts. What's the matter? Why are you crying? Why do you feel sad? Why are you laughing?Read More
No matter how active and empathetic a listener I try to be, there are times that test my sanity against his endurance. At those times, I've found the best way to empathize is to teach him to throw things.Read More
If a hoverboard is on your holiday shopping list, can you still buy it? This recent round of recalls might make you think twice.
But think a third time, because if you learn how to read a toy recall, you can make less fear-driven, better-researched decisions.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More