Giving Children the Attention They Want and Need

How many of these scenarios are familiar to you? A child creates something, and a teacher or parent rattles off a quick “Good job!” without really acknowledging the child’s work. The children in a family have so many activities, many of which are scheduled during the dinner hour, that the family rarely, if ever, sits…

When Did Parenting Become Overparenting?

This morning as I listened to yet another report about the university cheating scandal, I wondered for possibly the thousandth time when parenting changed. Sure, it’s likely there have always been parents who’ve paved the way for their children, despite the legal or moral implications involved. But in one way or another, it seems this…

In Defense of the Arts in Education

A lot of what I read about education saddens/frustrates/infuriates me. I felt all of that when I read a piece in Valerie Strauss’s column in the Washington Post, titled “Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.” I’m certain she added that last word to the headline because such…

No Fine Motor Skills? What’s the Big Deal?

In a previous post, I wrote that according to many, many teachers, today’s children seriously lack fine motor skills. Teachers tell me that kids can’t grip a crayon or paintbrush, manipulate a pair of scissors, or properly hold a pencil. And I’m not talking about three-year-olds, who shouldn’t be expected to handle these things well;…