Schools are struggling with mandates for testing, discipline challenges and public support. One of the questions asked of kindergartners upon enrollment is designed to determine their reading skills. Nancy Bailey argues that we should be emphasizing speaking and listening skills over reading and writing skills at this young age. Her…View More Should We Push Preschoolers to Read?
I overheard a parent discussing her sonâ€™s grades the other day in a waiting room. She was clearly a concerned, involved mom who tracked her childâ€™s progress and seemed quite aware of their capabilities. The teacher was urging her to log into her childâ€™s gradebook and provide incentives and encouragement…View More New Year, New Habits
Overwhelmed by too much to do? Iâ€™m learning that how I start the day makes all the difference. I was listening to a conference speaker talk on the subject of survival skills last week and got a surprising dose of recommendations for how to start the day. I wanted to…View More Daily Structure
Parents everywhere have struggled with the decision of whether to give their child an expensive electronic device, like an iPhone. Coming up with the money for your own phone may have been enough of a challenge. For those who decide to bring their children into the digital world, another major…View More Mom, I Broke My Phone
Events in our nationâ€™s Capitol have served up a turkey for Christmas this year. Pundits are offering suggestions for how to survive family dinner conversations that venture into the emotional waters of politics and religion. I am reminded of the great lengths to which some political leaders will go in…View More Merry Christmas?
My dad showed me a picture of the Christmas where all three of us kids received a bicycle for Christmas. It was the biggest wow of all the Christmases I remember! As we count down to just ten days until Christmas, the pressure to buy that special gift to wow…View More It’s Time for that WOW Gift
Most of our holiday greetings include the idea of happiness in one way or the other. Whether it is â€œMerry Christmas,â€ or â€œHappy Holidays,â€ or â€œHappy Hanukah,â€ the idea that smiles and joy and mirth are the only accepted emotions during the holidays presents an eerie peer pressure to those…View More When Christmas Isn’t Merry
We watched Tom Hanksâ€™ masterful portrayal of 6th cousin Fred Rogers on the big screen this past week. This break from superheroes and fast pace action movies provided a much appreciated break to my soul. Fred Rogers touched everyone he encountered, which made a wonderful storyline for the movie about…View More Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
When you think about being a father to your family do you get a knot in the pit of your stomach or thoughts of dread or fear? Do authority figures bring out a rebellious streak in you? Are you struggling with taking hold of the responsibilities of fatherhood because youâ€™d…View More Father Wounds
I get downright angry when I hear coverage of the impeachment drama playing out in Congress these days. Especially when I listen to a particular portion of the hearing and then hear a news reporter tell a completely partisan, biased, alarming version that didnâ€™t happen, in my opinion. Itâ€™s not…View More Impeachment Drama