February 18, 2018

Students’ bodies have broken fingers

South Korean ferry

As the funerals of 25 students were held near Seoul more information is being released about the desperate last minutes of the hundreds of young people and their teachers aboard the South Korean ferry that sunk last week. “We have to touch everything with our hands. This is the most grueling and heartbreaking job of my… Read more

10 common mistakes parents make (me included)

parenting mistakes

By Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what’s best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn’t resonate with me. Back then it was about… Read more

Skipping grades is rare, but it might just save the world

skipping grades

By Jay Mathews When Linda Mc­Veigh began second grade at Kit Carson Elementary School in Lawndale, Calif., her teacher saw she was far ahead. She had learned to read at age four from her 12-year-old aunt. The blonde 7-year-old from a rural Oklahoma family was funny and talkative. Her math scores were very high. The… Read more

Growing up Unvaccinated


By Amy Parker I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame…As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella,… Read more

7 parenting mistakes that keep kids from growing into leaders

damaging parenting

Here are 7 damaging parenting behaviors that keep children from becoming leaders – of their own lives and of the world’s enterprises: 1. We don’t let our children experience risk We live in a world that warns us of danger at every turn. The “safety first” preoccupation enforces our fear of losing our kids, so… Read more

Children are face of Syrian conflict

Syrian conflict

As with most wars, however, the real faces and stories of the Syrian conflict belong to the children and families unlucky enough to get caught up in others’ violence. Read more

The Truth About Drowning


By Mario Vittone The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach.   “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife…. Read more

The French May Not Have ADHD But It’s Only Getting Worse Here

media multitasking

By Julie Samrick “Mom, I need to read two chapters for a test tomorrow,” your 8th grader declares.  He shuts the door to his bedroom and for the next 45 minutes at least three different technology devices compete for his attention, bouncing between texts, music, and stopping to look things up on the web “real… Read more

Why Don’t French Kids Have ADHD?

Why don't french kids have adhd

9% of American children are diagnosed with ADHD today, where only .5% of children in France are. Why Don’t French Kids Have ADHD in the same amount?  One family therapist argues Americans see it is a biological disorder treated with chemicals where the French view it as a societal one that can be remedied with stricter… Read more

How to Prevent Kids From Getting Addicted to the Internet

computer screen kid

Internet overuse, pathological computer use and problematic computer use are three of the labels that are often used when discussing Internet addiction. This addiction or compulsion to use the Internet is becoming a serious condition for many kids. Like other addictions, it can interfere with the child’s well-being, psychological and social development and physical health…. Read more