For parents, real treat is in Halloween’s simplicity

OCTOBER 29, 2015 By Lori Tharps I love Halloween. It’s not because of the candy. Well, it’s not only about the candy. As a mom, I love Halloween because it’s a holiday that requires minimum effort to “celebrate” and results in a maximum amount of joy from my kids. Allow me to elaborate. Unlike, say […]

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One mom’s struggle with school anxiety

OCTOBER 26, 2015 By Layney Wells The past The summer before I started kindergarten, I was thrilled. I had a sense that school was going to be a smashing success for me, that I was going to be the happiest I’d ever been. I never could have known how wrong I was. I won’t contest […]

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The urgent need for diverse children’s books

OCTOBER 19, 2015 By Edwin Mayorga Today, in the 21st century, there continues to be lack of literature that reflects our country’s diversity. I don’t just mean racial and ethnic diversity. I’m also talking about a diversity of languages, family structures, religious perspectives, sexual orientation and identifications, social class and disabilities. There is a lot […]

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What to do when the wrong words come out of your mouth

OCTOBER 13, 2015 By Tamar Chansky I’m pretty sure that parents would all agree that name-calling is a no-no. Why? Because it’s disrespectful, judgmental, hurtful and downright not nice. Right? Right. OK that was easy. But let’s turn the tables and take a more nuanced look at name-calling. This summer, I told my daughter she […]

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When mom is sad

OCTOBER 11, 2015 By Rachee Fagg I once tried to take my own life. It’s a time in my life that seems so far away now. I was a person who only vaguely resembles the Rachee I have become. Last month, I shared my story on my blog. My biggest worry about doing so was […]

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Mind the gap: Parenting with a decade of difference

OCTOBER 7, 2015 By Lori Tharps In our house we have three cellphones, two iPads, three laptops, and an Apple TV. My four-year-old daughter knows how to use them all. How did my daughter get to be a tech wiz before she was potty trained? And why does my parenting experience with her seem so […]

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Cooking with kids on and off the autism spectrum

OCTOBER 6, 2015 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer The other morning, my 10-year-old daughter, June, announced that she no longer likes to eat apple peels and would prefer that it be removed. My first reaction: “Are you freaking kidding me?” But then I regrouped, brought her into the kitchen and gave her a two-minute lesson on peeling […]

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6 family activities in Philly this weekend

OCTOBER 2, 2015 By Jen Bradley Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend for families in Philadelphia. Saturday: La Traviata Opera on the Mall presents a big screen broadcast of Verdi’s classic La traviata on Saturday October 3, 2015. Bring a blanket and swoon under the stars to Verdi’s operatic masterpiece at the […]

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