Back to School Letter, From Kids

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and author Anna Quindlen spent much of her early career describing the challenges and triumphs of parenting young children. An avid reader, Quindlen also writes about the transformative value of good literature, for adults and children. Like other deep thinkers, Quindlen notices “before and after events” in families and in books,Continue reading “Back to School Letter, From Kids”

Helping Kids Cope

Eight Priorities: Practical Encouragement and Support for Parents with Young Children One:  Eat Together Research has validated what many good parents know intuitively:  Nothing is more valuable to a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and social health than a daily family meal.  Sit at a table, use napkins and utensils, turn the television and cell phonesContinue reading “Helping Kids Cope”

We Shall Overcome

The first years of my teaching career passed quickly in a Montessori classroom just outside Atlanta, Georgia.  The school was near of Emory University, the King Center for Social Justice, Georgia State University, The Centers for Disease Control, Eggleston Children’s Hospital, and Agnes Scott College.  Culturally and economically, it was an extraordinarily diverse population.  SomeContinue reading “We Shall Overcome”

Summer Reading

The year our daughter turned six, she celebrated the first day of summer with our neighbor.  It was a hot day, so they set the sprinkler in the sun, found last-year’s bathing suits, and ran the afternoon away; back and forth through the cold water, laughing.  When they finally stopped for popsicles, they decided theyContinue reading “Summer Reading”