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How Free Play Changes Kids’ Brains

[The following post is sponsored by Playworld Systems.] I really loved writing about the benefits of free play last month. Playworld Systems makes the kind of playground equipment that helps free play thrive, letting kids take risks and figuring things out for themselves. When they pointed me in the direction of this NPR piece on […]

A Tale Of Two Kids (and a great recipe)

My kids could not approach the first day of school more differently if they tried. Fiona has been counting down. Yesterday she grabbed her school supply list and all of the stuff I’d gotten on Amazon (no waiting on a 100-person line at Staples this year!) and got to work organizing and bagging it up. […]

Dear parents: It’s not All About Your Kid. Sincerely, The Rest of the World

I got home about an hour ago from my kids’ dance festival, a great annual school event where every single class gathers in the schoolyard and every kid performs. It’s a fantastic idea. But there seemed to be an unusually high number of people today who decided that it was OK to simply stand in […]

Middle School: taking a chance

It’s middle school selection time in NYC, and with our oldest being in 5th grade this is our first time going through the process. Without going into too many specifics, it’s looking like our choice will come down to two public schools, which couldn’t be more different: Giant & Established vs. Tiny & Brand Spanking […]

Do we expect too little of our children?

On the days when Jake (10) and Fiona (7) get out of school at the same time, Jake is supposed to bring Fiona home. This just makes sense to me. There’s absolutely no reason for me to walk to the school and get Fiona when her brother is already there. This routine went fine until […]

Today’s Agenda: Wolverine edition

I feel like I’m already halfway through my day, and it’s only 6:30am. I had to get Jake to school at 5:30 for a trip to DC. Fun. So a few weeks ago I published a “blogger pledge” on my little behind-the-scenes blogging blog. Number one was to not miss any deadlines. Well, I fell […]

Today’s Agenda: I wish I drank coffee edition

The kids & I got into Brooklyn last night a little after 11. Only for my friend Julia Beck would I then be up again early enough for an 8:30am event on the UES. But I’m excited to hear the wonderful speakers, including the fabulous Liz Lange, Joanne Bamburger, and Kimberly Seals Allers, at the […]

Today’s Agenda: Full night’s sleep edition

So on Sunday I declared on twitter that I was going to get to bed by midnight every night for a week, and see what it’s like not to walk around like a zombie. That night I got to bed at 2am. The next night I think I did a little better, around 1:30am. Then […]

Today’s Agenda: wrong foot edition

So today is the first day of school for my kids. Last night at around 1:30am, after catching up on a bunch of other stuff, I finally started getting the kids’ stuff together for school. I had actually gotten a jump on their school supplies about a month ago, when I didn’t have their lists […]

Today’s Agenda: Almost back-to-school edition!

So this morning I slept in until after ten while my kids amused themselves. And as happy as I am that they start school again tomorrow, I’ll be a little sad to give up the schedule I’ve had for the last few weeks. First they were at sleepaway camp for a week and I had, […]