“Let’s start the school year right,” you tell your child each fall. “It’s time to buckle down and establish good study habits. For starters, lose the Xbox and the remote control. And while you’re at it, color-coordinate your notebooks, keep an assignment checklist and label your folders.” Read More
As our kids head back to school, many of us notice that their stress level seems to increase. That anxiety seems especially strong among middle school-age kids. Linda Morgan, editor of ParentMap and author of “Beyond Smart,” explains how stress affects kids. Read More
If you’re like most parents, you’re busy getting your kids ready for the new school year. That means shopping, arranging car pools and just getting organized. Linda Morgan, editor of ParentMap and author of “Beyond Smart,” has ideas about getting your kids set for that first day. Read More
Shana Bestock is artistic director and education director at the Seattle Public Theater (SPT). Since 2000, when SPT became the resident theater company at the Bathhouse, it has become one of Seattle’s premiere mid-sized theaters, known for its robust education program as well as top-notch professional productions. Read More
Don’t miss author and psychologist John Gottman, Ph.D., when he talks about “Making Marriage Work: Trust, Love and Loyalty” as part of ParentMap’s lecture series. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at Town Hall in Seattle. Read More
Here’s what I like best about the Jewish holiday of Passover:
It’s filled to the brim with traditions (every family has its own); legend and lore (did the Red Sea really part?); and family togetherness. Passover, celebrated for eight days (it began at sundown last Friday evening), is a story about freedom from oppression and tyranny; its lessons resonate across the globe and throughout the generations. Read More
Are we there yet?” takes on a whole new meaning when “family trip” means traveling with your kids and your parents.
Sure, you figure that catering to the kids’ requests and, let’s face it, their demands, would be enough of a challenge. But how do you deal with your dad’s habits (vanilla extra-foam latte, extra hot, by 9 a.m.) and your mom’s wishes (French Bordeaux at sunset) while keeping everyone enthused, energized and enjoying the vacation? Read More
Toy stores always made me crazy — the noise, the (primary!) colors, the sheer pandemonium.
Then there were my children. My daughter always knew just what to buy with her spending money. Read More
When I packed my kids’ school lunches, I relied on the tried and true: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; celery, overstuffed with cream cheese; a juice-box (fruit flavored!); and an Oreo cookie, maybe two.
These days, that menu seems positively antiquated (so does the New Kids on the Block lunchbox, but that’s a different story). Read More
Is your child risk averse? When I talk with parents, many tell me their kids fear taking chances or trying new things. These are the kids who will say “I don’t know” in class rather than risk a wrong answer. They’d rather not pick up the bat – for fear they’d strike out. Failure, for these kids, is NOT an option. Read More
We get it. You’ve been supervising study sessions, reminding your 10-year-old to finish his history report and helping your 8-year-old create dazzling science projects.
Now summer is coming and hey, you need a break. Isn’t it time for swimming, baseball, biking, picnics and backyard barbecues? For you and the kids? Can’t we all just have some fun? Read More
By now, most high school seniors know where they’re going to college next year. They are winding up a long, arduous process, which in some homes, begins practically at birth.
That’s because the ramped-up, increasingly aggressive college-prep process has reached new, stunning heights. Read More
It all started with an “aha” moment of insight, between ordering a baby gift on potterybarnkids.com and downloading Taylor Swift on iTunes. The thinking went like this: Moms, endlessly in front of their laptops, smart phones or iPads, must be experiencing some sort of existential crisis. They’ve got too much Facebook, too little face time. Read More
When your child isn’t getting enough sleep at night, neither are you. That leaves you too tired to work, to parent, to enjoy grown-up activities — and to deal with your kid’s sleep problems. What’s more, your child’s sleep — or lack of it — can affect her ability to learn. Read More
Soon after my first grandchild was born, I couldn’t help but gloat, “How cool is this? A brand-new baby who comes with two awesome baby-sitters!”It wasn’t long before I realized the ball (the baby?) was not really in my court. Read More
We all say these words. We ask — no, make that insist — our children say them, and we expect to hear them regularly from friends, relatives, even perfect strangers.
The words “I’m sorry” reverberate through homes, playgrounds, family functions and just about everywhere, just about incessantly. In fact, between kids apologizing to parents and parents apologizing to kids, it sometimes seems as if we live in a sad sea of sorry. Read More