I am a big fan of Richard Weisbourd, author of The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, and I was especially impressed with his thoughtful comments on teaching children kindness — not […]
The wonderful folks at Dinner A Love Story have kindly made their 121 Books: The Greatest Kid Books of All Time ebook available for free for a limited time, so grab it right now.
The video for Colbie Caillat’s new song, “Try,” from Gypsy Heart Side A, shows her struggle to be true to herself in a world that expects women, especially performers, to conform to a narrow and highly polished idea of beauty. […]
The folks at Criticwire have a weekly survey of questions for movie critics. This week’s question is especially important. Q: Many of the positive reviews for “The Fault in Our Stars” boil down to either “It’s good for what it […]
I love Amy Dickinson’s idea of “A Book on Every Bed,” a wonderful way to start Christmas (or any other special occasion). Here’s how it works: You take a book (it can be new or a favorite from your own […]
Common Sense Media has some common sense guidelines for family movie night. The range of opportunities for solitary consumption of media has led to less time for families to sit down at the same time to enjoy — and talk […]
New York Magazine has a great selection of articles about one of the fastest-growing and most popular categories in publishing, the increasingly inaccurately-named Young Adult genre. Jen Doll writes about loving YA novels in her thirties, quoting my friend Sandie […]
I love Amy Poehler‘s series of advice videos for girls — good advice for everyone. I love this one about the importance of quiet. And this one about the importance of being nice.
TeenNICK’s “Dance Academy” is the story of Tara Webster, who grew up on a country farm, but has always dreamed of being a professional dancer. When she’s admitted to Australia’s prestigious National Academy of Dance, she feels like all of […]
“H2O” is the delightful Nickelodeon series about three teenage girls who gain special powers after a visit to a mysterious island. And I have copies of the whole first season to give away, with a special bonus — a 90-minute […]