I’m so proud of you!

“I’m so proud of you.” Most likely all parents have said that to their child with sincerity and good intentions. Unfortunately, it mainly tends to be said when a child has done well at something. The implication is that parents are proud of the accomplishment, thus it is a form of praise rather than encouragement. […]

The true beauty and power of the women’s movement

Unless you have been wearing blinders and earplugs, you cannot have helped but notice that Sunday was International Women’s Day. It is easy to be cynical about this sort of day, considering it pointless or patronizing. However, it is difficult to argue that a day such as International Women’s Day raises awareness, making all of […]

Nine steps to help your child’s learning

It’s past the halfway point of the school year and becoming apparent whether or not your children are struggling academically. If they are struggling, there’s still time to turn it around. Unless they have special learning needs, the main issue is most likely organization and routine.There’s simply not enough structure and order to keep them […]

Body language

Did you hear the one about the Mediterranean who was trying to have a conversation with someone from one of the Nordic countries? The Mediterranean chased the Nord all the way down the hall trying to get close enough to chat. And so it goes with body language. Every culture on the planet has its […]

The meaning of mealtime

Dan Franch on why eating together is about so much more than food. If you have kids, life is busy. If both you and your spouse have jobs, life is busier. If you are a single parent with a job, life is well… busiest. Add to that lengthening commutes, further demands outside the home, plus […]

Seven. Lucky seven. Seventh heaven

Everyone is aware of its magical allure. Seven is the most common dice roll in gambling. In ancient times, seven celestial bodies could be seen by the naked eye. There are seven continents. Seven seas. Seven days in a week and seven wonders of the ancient world. Don’t forget the seven colors in a rainbow. […]

Don’t stop reading to your child

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss The importance of reading to children at an early age is unquestionable. Considering that it is at the heart of all formal education, reading to children at a very early age increases their chances […]

Dooring

Have you ever been riding down the road and someone unexpectedly throws their car door open just as you are approaching? While this typically happens to cyclists, where there are narrow roads it happens to car drivers as well. If on a bike, you could possibly go flying into the opened door of the parked […]

Our tech-crazed kids

Dan Franch looks at the benefits – and bogus benefits – of our children’s screen addiction: It’s tough these days raising kids. All they want to do is sit in front of a screen and play video games. Mouths agape, they are like drooling (“Not on the keyboard!”) zombies; eyes fixated on their computer, tablet, […]

I say soccer and you say football

The World Cup is fast upon us, and while I thought I spoke a suitable (albeit “inferior” some might say) form of English, I’ve come to realize that British English and American English veer in incredibly opposite directions when it comes to sports. Thus, following are explanations of common soccer terms to get you ready […]