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Is a Child’s Race More than Just a Detail?

multicultural books (photo by Wendy Kennar)

How important is one’s race? That one question can generate a lot of controversy, and so can the answers to that question. Honestly, I’m ambivalent about it. Growing up, I didn’t think too much about race — until I began researching college scholarships. Suddenly, it seemed that every available scholarship posted in my high school counseling office was for students that weren’t Caucasian. When I began dating an African-American man, ... Read More »

On My Way To School – Book Review

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This is a guest post by Krisha Garvey So…what’s always the best way to deal with new experiences or things that gives us butterflies in our tummy? Make it super fun!!!! The little girl Livi in the adorably clever new children’s book On My Way To School by Sarah Maizes has got it right. What would seemingly be a nerve racking first day of school becomes a morning full of adventure. ... Read More »

Talking to Young Kids About Smoking

no smoking sign (photo by Wendy Kennar)

Lately, my six-year-old son has been asking questions about the neighbors he observes smoking. “Why is she outside smoking?” “Why is that man smoking?  He’s making the air dirty.” Until recently, my son hadn’t known the term “cigarettes.” It was never an issue before, never a topic of conversation. But he asked what they were, and I told him that cigarettes are very unhealthy. In his mind, that should be ... Read More »

Camping With Kids; A Surprising and Hilarious Journey

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This is a guest post by Lindsay Kavet Camping with Kids: My Journey To a Surprisingly Hilarious & Thought Provoking Hell, That Ultimately I Cherish. The day after school ended my husband and I packed up our three kids, ages 7, 4 & 2 and hit the road. I packed my Xanax & some other things, but not too much because we were headed to Utah to camp. We have not ... Read More »

Back to School; Summer is Over

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In a couple of weeks, my boys will be back at school. That means we’ll be back to having a set schedule and a routine. I like that idea a lot, but I’m also sad that summer break will soon be over and another school year will be starting. No more beach. No more road trips. No more walks to get ice cream. Not that we actually did many of those ... Read More »

Exploring the World at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Safari Park (photo by Wendy Kennar)

Recently we took our son on his first visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (previously known as the Wild Animal Park). As we spent the day roaming around the vast facility, I was reminded of something a veteran teacher told me when I first started teaching kindergarten. She told me that when kids are that young, it’s all about exposure. Children are open and receptive to new ideas, ... Read More »

PBS Kids Summer Learning Giveaway

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We’ve all heard about the Summer Slide, and I’m not talking about the one at the Water Park. It’s the one where kids lose academic ground over the Summer break and have trouble catching back up once school starts up again. PBS Kids has a fun Summer Learning Kit that will help you keep your kids engaged this Summer without making it seem like work. Scroll down to see how ... Read More »

5 Self-Serving Reasons for Being a Parent

Wendy Kennar and son

People become parents for many different reasons and under many different circumstances. Being a parent means that in most instances you put your child before yourself; you sacrifice in all aspects of your life. But, there is another side to the story.  For as much as parents complain about all that we must do, we must also acknowledge that there are certain benefits to being a parent. Here, I have ... Read More »

Summer Clean-Up; 7 Things I Could Live Without

random papers (photo by Wendy Kennar)

It may be summer break, but I’ve given myself an assignment; something I plan on maintaining as a long-term, continuous project.  Each day, I strive to get rid of at least one item. Of course, I don’t need to limit myself to only one item.  Many days I don’t.  But setting the goal of one item a day, is entirely doable which means I will feel successful each day and ... Read More »

Breastfeeding, Puberty, and Raising Boys

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Last week, Sarah and I were guest bloggers on the parenting site Dr. Greene. When we were asked to contribute, it wasn’t difficult to come up with topics. We are both mothers of boys and they have filled our lives with endless surprises. Here’s what we talked about - Boys Really Don’t Cry - Sarah explores the reasons why she hasn’t seen her son cry in four years. Was Breast Feeding Worth It? – ... Read More »