When spoken language becomes a comfortable extension of a child’s being, speaking boldly is no longer a hurdle. By Megan Houston Sager
We are a generation of parents who micromanage our children’s safety. And yet, despite the very real fear of death, we keep sending them to school. By Francie Arenson Dickman
Being “gifted and talented” sounds a whole lot like being bestowed with a well, gift, that others were not granted. By Stephanie Sprenger
We are excited to share our most-read essays of the year!
As much as I love Christmas, without Santa I felt only glee and relief at the massive reduction in my December workload. By Michelle Deininger
Our favorite naming site, Nameberry, predicts next year’s hottest baby names.
“What did you expect, Mom?” said my kid, laughing now, in her same boy-voice she’s always had. By Joanna Franklin Bell
Sixteen of the best books that offer a unique insight into parenting in our ever-changing modern world.
Thirteen of the best memoirs out there that shine a bright light on the challenges and rewards of parenting.
Ten of the best books out there that will help make the work of parenting easier, less worrisome, and more fun.
“Ryan,” I say. “If you ever want to play with the girl dolls, we have them. In this house, you can play with whatever you want.” By Ann Wainwright
“No skinny pants” was a rule we could not and did not obey. Instead, we pulled our children out of the school. By Jennie Burke
Cell phones do not work here, and on a good day it takes only ten minutes to open email. By Mindy R. Roll
On carrying grief forward, not getting over it. A Motherwell interview with Nora McInerny.
My parents grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust. Neither one of them knew how to tell me what had happened, so instead they said nothing. By Elissa Jacobs
So much of who we are has to do with how we think about our own parents and our own childhood.
I didn’t have my therapist hat on when my son went through his grief—I was just his mom, muddling through it alongside him. By Lori Gottlieb
I keep waiting for the perfect moment to tell him about his true relationship to Dave. I hope he’ll understand. By Philip Langdon Ross
A mom created the sign-up sheet. Two moms were listed as the contact people. Moms filled in every slot. By Marya Markovich
I hesitated because I am a product of my society, just like everyone else. By Fiona Leary Boucher
Because the new story is a bit of a sequel, I leaned towards using the same boy character again. But I remember thinking, “Why do I have to choose?” By Denise Barry
It’s not that my boys don’t need motivation. It’s that for their gender, empowerment is always readily available. By Annie D. Stutley
Be bold. The book you suggest could save a kid’s life. By Melissa Hart
I’m a third grade teacher. No amount of cursive writing instruction is going to bridge literacy gaps or resolve comprehension deficits. By Michelle Riddell
Every day she’d come home and say, “today my friends called me peanut, and it makes me sad.” By Lori Orlinksy