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The Real (And Heartbreaking) Reason Kids Get Hooked on Social Media

By YourTango

By Lydia Kickliter When I was growing up, my parents loved to go to casinos. I became really familiar with something called "gambler's high."  I can recall this feeling — a sense of momentary and intermittent euphoria and gratification — as far back as in the game rooms of my youth as I begg... Read More

4 Ways To Measure Kids’ Success That Have NOTHING To Do With Grades

By YourTango

By Dr. Sabrina N'Diaye  Like most parents, you probably dream of academic and financial success for your children. You also want your kids to become noble, honorable citizens who make substantial contributions to the world. So, how do you know that you're on the right path guiding your chil... Read More

5 Tips to Avoid Summer Brain Drain from Scholastic

By Rachael Herrscher

We've worked together with Scholastic this summer to bring you tips and tricks to keep your kids reading! With summer in the home stretch we've got a few more tips to keep your kids reading until the first morning bell rings! 5 Tips to Avoid the Summer Brain Drain Our 5 Favorites ... Read More

Caldecott Medal Reading List Printable

By Rachael Herrscher

Want a reading challenge for the whole family? Read your way through the Caldecott Medal winners! The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children", beginning with 1937 publications. Last summer on our frequent tr... Read More

The One Sentence That Gets My Kids to Take Responsibility

By Rachael Herrscher

"I ______ " Fill in the blank. I call them "I Statements". The thing I've found with sibling spats at my house, is that is usually takes 2 (or 3) to tango. I, like most other parents, tire of being sidelined by kids bringing their latest laundry list of sibling complaints.  Their sentence... Read More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Have You Signed Up Yet?

By Rachael Herrscher

We're working with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge this summer to encourage kids to read! {Don't miss our first post: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer} We just had our official first day of summer break today. We kind of owned Day 1. Chore lists were distributed {and executed}, ... Read More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer

By Rachael Herrscher

The first thing that happens when summer approaches is that I start making book lists and planning read-a-thons. We hit the library weekly and usually stop by the bakery on the way home. I LOVE the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. My kids range in age from K-6 and there's something f... Read More

5 Things I Didn’t Expect About the End of Elementary School

By Rachael Herrscher

I've pre-mourned this day since he walked through the doors of the kindergarten. I knew he'd leave this building some day and I think I've been dreading it since he was 5. Let's face it, I was pre-mourning the fact that he'd leave my house and go to kindergarten since the day he was born. I liter... Read More

Why Your Child Should Learn To Code

By Rachael Herrscher

We recently hosted a "Code Camp" with Animal Jam focused on kids ages 10-13. Learning to code is much more than just learning about letters and numbers and computers. If you watch kids engage with technology in a way that allows them to create and manipulate it, you can see the lights turn on... Read More

Why We Need To Ban The Phrase “Like A Girl.”

By Ana Connery

This video about what happens to the confidence levels of young girls when we use the phrase "like a girl," whether it's referring to how she runs to how she throws a ball, is making the rounds on social media. Parents of girls everywhere love it because it reminds them that there is nothing wrong ... Read More