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U.S. Births Rose in 2021 for First Time in 7 Years
U.S. Births Rose in 2021 for First Time in 7 Years
It may not qualify as a baby boom, but U.S. births were up in 2021 for the first time in years. New federal government data show a 1% ...
05-25-2022
Busting Summer Boredom
Busting Summer Boredom
Ah, summer. It’s finally time for sunshine and relaxation. If you’re a parent, though, you know what’s coming. After the initial ice cream celebration and that first joyful ...
05-24-2022
Parenting Matters: Sleep as Medicine
Parenting Matters: Sleep as Medicine
Sometimes we forget that Mother Nature has as many "cures" as doctors have, maybe more. Case in point, sleep is medicine. One pediatric study found a robust association ...
05-23-2022
Dear Next Generation: ‘Always Do Your Best’
Dear Next Generation: ‘Always Do Your Best’
Born in the 1930s, I have lived and learned wisdom over the decades. I pass on these seven sensible suggestions as advice to young people. 1. BEST—Always do ...
05-23-2022
Better School Lunches Blunt U.S. Kids’ Weight Gain
Better School Lunches Blunt U.S. Kids’ Weight Gain
America's kids have a weight problem, but regulations that boosted the nutritional standards for school meals may have helped slowed down weight gain among low-income students, a new ...
05-23-2022
Making Boys Into Men
Making Boys Into Men
As someone who thinks about family in both immediate and generational terms, the reality that I'm raising my grandchildren’s parents is a sobering reminder that my actions will ...
05-22-2022
Homemade Baby Formula and Other Whole Foods for Baby (+Recipe)
Homemade Baby Formula and Other Whole Foods for Baby (+Recipe)
Given the current shortage of commercial baby formula, I would like to share my experience making my own (spoiler alert: my child is thriving), as well as what ...
05-21-2022
Moral Tales for Children From McGuffey’s Readers: The Fireside
Moral Tales for Children From McGuffey’s Readers: The Fireside
This is the third instalment in our McGuffey Readers series, in which we reproduce some of the best moral tales from the classic 1800s schoolbooks that sold an ...
05-21-2022
A Better Way to Discipline Kids? The Results Suggest ‘Yes’ (Part 2)
A Better Way to Discipline Kids? The Results Suggest ‘Yes’ (Part 2)
Can a relatively simple, no-cost, no-tech, no-pain method of discipline really remold student behavior? As we discussed last time, the answer so far seems to be a very ...
05-20-2022
When Parents and School Boards Clash Over Children’s Health
When Parents and School Boards Clash Over Children’s Health
Many U.S. parents are no longer silent about the policies of the schools their children attend, and they are increasingly organizing and speaking out at school board meetings. ...
05-19-2022
How to Teach Children Restaurant Etiquette
How to Teach Children Restaurant Etiquette
Dining out expands a well-behaved child's worldview and makes it more enjoyable for the adults at the table, as well as others nearby. Be Realistic Age matters—there should ...
05-18-2022
The Forgotten Virtue: Modesty and Its Gifts
The Forgotten Virtue: Modesty and Its Gifts
Recently, I went to the pharmacy at our local grocery store, Martin’s, and found my prescription wouldn’t be ready for pick-up for another 30 minutes. I snagged a ...
05-17-2022
5 Fun Family Night Ideas That Spark Creativity and Curiosity
5 Fun Family Night Ideas That Spark Creativity and Curiosity
Family nights are one of the best ways to play together as a family while also strengthening your relationships with one another. Whether you plan a weekly, biweekly, ...
05-16-2022
Trust the Science and Skip the Gender-Neutral Toys and Clothes
Trust the Science and Skip the Gender-Neutral Toys and Clothes
Stay-at-home father Jay Deitcher prided himself on “blurring gender lines,” a trait he tried hard to pass along to his own young son. So he hid the kiddie ...
05-15-2022
Homeschool: Don’t Leave Out the Best Parts
Homeschool: Don’t Leave Out the Best Parts
When most homeschooling parents think about their children's course of study and what subjects to include in their education, reading, writing, math, science, and history likely come to ...
05-15-2022
Pampered Pets: Keeping the Pup or Kitty Happy
Pampered Pets: Keeping the Pup or Kitty Happy
Those who aren't pet people sometimes struggle with the sentiment and importance pet owners place on their dogs and cats. There are certainly other pets, such as horses, ...
05-14-2022
Moral Tales for Children From McGuffey’s Readers: A Kind Brother
Moral Tales for Children From McGuffey’s Readers: A Kind Brother
This is the second instalment in our McGuffey Readers series, in which we reproduce some of the best moral tales from the classic 1800s schoolbooks that sold an ...
05-14-2022
Learning Isn’t Confined to Schools
Learning Isn’t Confined to Schools
A lot of folks continue their education after leaving school. Doctors, attorneys, nurses, computer programmers, and many others enroll in continuing education courses, attend seminars, and subscribe to professional journals ...
05-13-2022
Never Too Young to Learn Responsibility
Never Too Young to Learn Responsibility
If we’re serious about returning common sense to America, then we must move beyond these busybodies (and our own fears) and start encouraging a society in which children ...
05-13-2022
How to Have a Great Interview
How to Have a Great Interview
An interview is essentially a talent show in which you get to display why you would be the perfect choice for the job. Be Enthusiastic Most interviewers are ...
05-13-2022
A Better Way to Discipline Kids? The Results Suggest ‘Yes’ (Part 1 of 2)
A Better Way to Discipline Kids? The Results Suggest ‘Yes’ (Part 1 of 2)
Pretty much everything under the sun has been tried. In the olden days, corporal punishment seems to have been the approach de rigueur. “Full of blows” was how ...
05-10-2022
Homeschool: Preparing for the High School Years
Homeschool: Preparing for the High School Years
Many homeschooling parents are not only in the process of wrapping up their family’s homeschooling year, if they follow a traditional school year schedule, but also preparing for ...
05-10-2022