Rethinking sleepovers in the face of sexual abuse

AUGUST 24, 2015 By Jen Bradley Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, I didn’t know a single kid who wasn’t allowed to go to sleepovers. Things have changed since then. Kids seem to be going on sleepovers (sleeping at someone’s house who is not a relative) much earlier. My younger son was three when […]

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The case for school uniforms

AUGUST 18, 2015 By Jeff Bogle When I was a young lad, I was shipped away to Catholic grade school every weekday clad in a starched white-collared dress shirt, polyester hunter green slacks and a handsome-in-retrospect plaid green necktie. Sometimes, in the chillier months, I even wore a forest green cardigan sweater. It was the […]

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It’s hard to tell the truth

AUGUST 13, 2015 by Layney Wells I’ve never been particularly good at lying. Perhaps it’s the guilt or the fear of being found out, but each time I’ve found a lie leaving my lips, I am almost immediately stricken with panic and find myself backtracking to replace it with the truth. This trait has played […]

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4 things parents can learn from Disney’s ‘Inside Out’

AUGUST 10, 2015 By Tamar Chansky I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon or a pessimist, but I’m afraid the message of Disney and Pixar’s recent hit “Inside Out” may have gone over some parent’s heads. Shall we review? Didn’t we learn through the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she wrestled with the challenge […]

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Venture into a new part of the city on your staycation

AUGUST 5, 2015 By Edwin Mayorga Earlier this summer, I was able to connect with high school-aged youth in Philly through the Education in our Barrios Project. After spending time in North and South Philly, some of the high schoolers said they appreciated being in parts of Philadelphia that they’d never really spent time in […]

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