By Julie Samrick As we sat around the campfire last weekend I pulled out an old Girl Scout goody for the 11 kids in our party. My Aunt Tilly, she died last night, she died last night, did she die? At first the kids didn’t know what I meant, or why sometimes the answer… Read more
By Julie Samrick The verdict is still out whether or not the MTV effect will work on my sixth grader. When I was his age my mom delayed letting me watch MTV long enough that by the time I had the freedom to watch it, I’d never developed the habit and lost interest. My son… Read more
I just read a post a mom of a kindergartner wrote on Facebook about feeling overwhelmed by all of the requests for time and money at her son’s school…every year around this time I repost the following story I wrote in October 2011… Walking into a neighborhood restaurant I am ambushed by a teenage… Read more
The reason for the push towards artificial intelligence grading is both grim and obvious: money. Read more at Salon.
Now that my four kids are 5, 7, 9 and 11 I’ve noticed my routine has readjusted a bit in order to run a smooth household and stay joyful as a stay-at-home mom. Working moms should be able to use these tips too. Here are five ways I’m still thriving as a mom of… Read more
23 Indian children between the ages of 5 and 12 died this week from “very toxic” levels of an agricultural pesticide in their school lunch. Read more
By Julie Samrick As graduations and other milestones abound this time of year, it reminds me of the bittersweet moments in all parents’ lives when our kids grow and move on to a new phase a little too quickly for our comfort sometimes. I’ve thought a lot about why these moments are bittersweet- we… Read more
The numbers are staggering- the more a child is simply interacted with from birth to age 3, the more likely he or she will do better in school. The key to academic success really seems to be a simple one. Read the entire article here