1. Do you need to go to parent school?
Is there a ‘right’ way to bring up your child? Linda Geddes asks whether parent school is the answer.
2. Mother May I?
“If you actually wanted your child to be kidnapped, how long would you have to keep him outside for him to be abducted by a stranger?” A week? She shook her head. “Seven hundred and fifty thousand years.”
3. Parental ethnotheories and how parents in America differ from parents everywhere else.
"All child-rearing practices vary hugely among cultures. There’s only a single shared characteristic," Harkness says: “Parents everywhere love their children and want the best for their children.” Everything else, including the way in which they love their children and what the best might mean, is subject to variation.
4. Au Revoir, Piggybank: Tips For Your Child’s First Bank Account
“Remember when they’re little we’re starting to teach them all sorts of habits: Brush their teeth, get up on time, put their toys away. We save part of our money, that’s a habit too.”
5. 10 questions to ask around the table
Turn small talk into smart conversation around the family dinner table with the following 10 questions recommended by StoryCorps founder (and 2015 TED Prize winner) Dave Isay.
It’s the New Year, and I have been doing a lot of thinking. I want to say, with all of my heart and all of my soul, that I am sorry. I want apologize for anything (and everything) I have said or done that made you feel less-than or sad or small.
This year I am resolving, with a twist. There will be no diet, exercise, less swearing and drinking, "more church" kind of resolutions. This year I'm simply letting go of the things that are just not productive nor conducive to my life. This is the year I give up several of my hard-earned mom-related titles.
Surround yourself and your kids with piles of magazines and update vision boards for the fresh, new year to come. If nothing else came from this evening together, we exercised our creativity and bonded while reenacting some of the over-the-top advertisements we came across.