Kid-Lit Author Linda Urban on the Joys of Reading

By Lela Nargi Having just released her latest book, an action-packed mystery for kids age 7-10 called Milo Speck, Accidental Agent, kid novelist Linda Urban took time out of her busy author schedule to chat with us about the importance of reading, writing, and building worlds on a page to allow kids to explore who they […]

Clean-Water Activist Andrea Neal on Raising Eco-Conscious Kids

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By Dawn Van Osdell It started with an unexpected life-changing moment at a Jack Johnson concert—a performance often celebrated for its conservation message as much as for its music. In 2008, Andrea Neal, an avid surfer, was newly graduated with a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and lipid biochemistry, and celebrating her birthday when famed oceanographic […]

Profiles of Childhood: Nicole Miles, Doula and Sitter, Chicago, IL

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As told to Lela Nargi I grew up on the Southwest side of Chicago and I’m the oldest of three girls. My parents were high school sweethearts and have been married for 28 years. My father works for the Chicago Transit Authority and my mother now works at a local university. I’ve always been surrounded […]

How to Be a Low-Stress Parent

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By Mary Pulido, Ph.D. Parenting is the biggest responsibility you will ever undertake as an adult. Why didn’t someone tell you it would sometimes mean you’d feel old before your time, exhausted by 7:00 p.m., too stressed out to think straight—and you still have to help your kid with his homework? Don’t stress your own […]

Julie G. is the Pied Piper of Tiny Urban Scientists

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By Lela Nargi For the past several years, kids have been STEMed up the wazoo as the national conversation about education—and more particularly, what’s wrong with it—has centered on a perceived lacking in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Also lacking in the face of much high-minded assessment? A sense of fun, and of the integral, […]

Don’t Stress The Homework: We Bust 3 Myths to Show You How

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By Barbara Dianis Homework is an integral part of the journey to be educated for students everywhere. But it can cause tremendous arguments when three misunderstandings and misconceptions are prevalent between parents and their children. To clear them up, here are suggestions for making homework more productive and peaceful in your home! Myth #1: I can’t […]

Courtney Brockmeyer Pays it Forward with Backpacks and School Supplies

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By Dawn Van Osdell Parental guilt can be a powerful motivator. In 2013, Courtney Brockmeyer, like many working moms, felt enslaved by the long, stressful hours that often come with working for a big company in a big city. When her youngest daughter—then 7 years old—asked her why she worked so much, she couldn’t find […]

How to Have Actual Fun on the Family Road Trip

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By Meghan Khaitan,  MyBuckleMate.com Pretty much every family takes a road trip by car with their kids during the  holidays. And whether those kids are toddlers or teens, the actual trip itself  can be a wonderful bonding and learning experience for the entire family.  With a little forethought and preparation, you can sidestep the dreaded […]

News You Can Use: Lighten Up! Humor Helps Kids Learn

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By Dawn Van Osdell A team of French scientists has reported in the journal Cognition and Emotion that laughter doesn’t just make us feel good. It also helps us learn. The researchers, led by Rana Esseily, who studies emotion, developmental psychology, and cognitive psychology at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, studied a group of 18-month-olds—roughly the age […]