In-between Here and There

Long ago, but not so very long ago The world was different, oh yes it was Time goes by, time brings changes, you change, too Nothing comes that you can’t handle, so on you go –       Our Town from the Cars movie,… Read More

In Praise of Specificity

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. –       John Ruskin  How does praise – the expression of a favorable judgment[i]  – fit with raising a confident child? Is it… Read More

“In times of disaster…look for the caring people”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember… Read More

Cultivating a Sense of Competence

How can the sun always be on fire? Where does the fire come from? asks E, my five year old son. I don’t know, I say. Good question. Papa Dave will know. He’s tall so he knows everything, asserts E. –          Conversation… Read More

A Fork in the Road

  Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself… You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts.  –          Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923 Parenting in… Read More

Take the One Thing for Spring Challenge

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in the movement… Read More

Parent-Teacher Conversations

          Productive collaborations between family and school, therefore, will demand that parents and teachers recognize the critical importance               of each other’s participation in the life of the child.  –          Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Teachers gain plenty of experience over time having difficult conversations… Read More

Television, Navigating the Content of our Global Neighborhood

All of television is educational. The only question is: What does it teach? –          Nicolas Johnson, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission School age children in the U.S. watch on average twenty-eight hours of television a week according to Nielson Media Research. They spend… Read More

How is television used in your home?

How do you manage television usage in your family? What rules do you set when it comes to quantity – the amount of time it’s on and quality – the kind of content watched? Have you noticed how television has influenced your children?… Read More

Television, Navigating our Global Neighborhood

Television takes our kids across the globe before parents give them permission to cross the street. –          Joshua Meyrowitz And those journeys through television can offer exposure to various cultures giving our children greater social awareness. However we also know that access… Read More