May 29, 2017

Do you have a dangerous pool drain?

dangerous drain

Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you or your family jumps into the pool this summer, check the drain. The very quick and valuable lesson on what… Read more

Growing up shouldn’t be easy

growing up shouldn't be easy

…Between delivering a few commencement addresses and listening to many more, here is what I believe graduates need to hear today. 1. Earn everything. It’s true that graduates today face a rough economy. Americans in their early 20s have to contend with a 10.6 percent unemployment rate — that’s twice the rate among people age… Read more

Today’s teens are the best-behaved generation on record

today's teens

The Centers for Disease Control released a monster report last week on the state of Americans’ health. The 511-page report makes one thing abundantly clear: today’s teens are behaving better right now than pretty much any other time since the federal government began collecting data. The teen birth rate is at an all-time low. Read the rest… Read more

Girl who died of cancer left note for grieving family

Athena Orchard

On May 28, 13-year-old British schoolgirl Athena Orchard tragically lost her battle with the bone cancer osteosarcoma, which had affected her spine, left shoulder and head. Yet her devastated family has received a small degree of solace from what Athena secretly left behind: a 3,000-word note written on the back of her bedroom mirror, in black… Read more

Best summer book recommendations

summer book recommendations

Summer means the tantalizing prospect of having more time for reading stretches ahead of us — long, lazy summer days curled up with a book. With that in mind, Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo shared some summer book recommendations for readers ages 8-13 with NPR’s Melissa Block. DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux,… Read more

What’s lost with handwriting

handwriting

Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to… Read more

Police warn against family decals

family decals

You’ve seen them on the back of SUVs, sedans and minivans, and now police are warning families about the dangers of family stick figure decals. These family decals seem harmless, and often represent parents, kids, and sometimes even the family pets. Some of the stick figure decals go as far as naming the children, their… Read more

Graduate of the year

Graduate

TAY THI NGUYEN is one of the mightiest people I’ve met, at 94 pounds. She has a towering presence, at a bit more than 5 feet tall. She is so strong that she probably could bench press 25 pounds. Three times Tay Thi has fainted while here at college, training to become an English teacher,… Read more

VIDEO: Author Kelly Corrigan’s Mother’s Day note to you

kelly corrigan's mother's day note

Watch the Mother’s Day note you deserve…  

7 dangerous apps parents need to know about

dangerous apps

Yik Yak – This app is one of the newest and one of the most dangerous. It allows users to post text-only Yaks of up to 200 characters. The messages can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking. Users are exposed to…Read more