Sometimes, bonding and learning activities incite tears ... from mom, especially if the reading material is on our list of the top 15 all-time baby book tearjerkers.
Unless your kid is Floyd Mayweather, not reading will almost certainly dim their future prospects. The bad news is that 66 percent of fourth graders in this country are reading below the basic level, which means parents everywhere need to step up their “Love Of Reading” game.
You were cranky and tired and miserable. You were lonely and bitter. If you ever loved teaching, then that love had extinguished years ago. You were impatient, cold, smug and condescending.
At first read, it’s easy to see why adults may find the beloved children’s book Love you Forever by Robert Munsch unsettling.
Number two is death … This means, to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” That’s Jerry Seinfeld, famed purveyor of parental wisdom, talking about a fear that takes root in childhood.
This article originally appeared on Fatherly: Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, express gratitude for all the good in their lives, and try to get to dessert before the kids’ table starts flinging mashed potatoes like the rabid little monkeys they are. You’ll never hold their attention through everyone’s, “What I’m thankful for this year,” but you can try to teach them why America takes off one Thursday every November to gorge on turkey and football while surrounded by the people they love (and sometimes even like). Start reading them these books now, and by Turkey Day they’ll be volunteering to help set the table. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli and Archie Preston ($11) Ages: 4-8 Thank You, Sarah Did you know that Thanksgiving almost disappeared until “a dainty little lady” who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb” took on 4 presidents over 35 years and finally got Lincoln to declare it a national holiday in 1863?
In a world where outdated gender norms are disappearing like office bar carts, only one rule remains ironclad: you can’t use Game Of Thrones to illustrate these concepts to your kids. The Paper Bag Princess This classic (more than 3 million sold, and counting) describes not only how a princess can flip the script and outsmart a dragon to save a prince in distress, but also how a princess can put an obnoxious prince in his place when he doesn’t appreciate her effort. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko ($7) Ages: 4-11 The Secret Lives Of Princesses From the nation that brought you well-behaved kids who sleep and eat like normal people comes this volume of wonderfully weird, “lesser-known” princesses.
Turns out, children whose fathers read them bedtime stories develop more-improved language skills than those whose mothers bring their books to life, according to a newly released study. “Reading is seen as a female activity, and kids seem to be more tuned in when their dad reads to them. It’s special,” former Harvard University researcher Elisabeth Duursma — who conducted the study on paternal and maternal book reading working with 430 families — told the Telegraph in September. The fathers’ impact, she added of the research published in the journal Fathering, “is huge, particularly if dads start reading to kids under the age of 2.” STORY: The Science Behind How Bedtime Stories Help Kids The big dad difference, Duursma (currently working at the University of Wollongong in Australia) noted, comes down to delivery. When men read tales, she found, the questions they asked children were abstract, versus moms’ typically factual inquiries.
Amidst the New Year's onslaught of complicated diet tricks and body-hacking workouts, The New Health Rules, out January 6, provides a breath of fresh air. Instead of all-or-nothing lifestyle changes, author Frank Lipman, MD, (he's the founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center) offers simple, creative tips that add up to a healthier you.
Canadian writer Kim Korson had a typical 1970s suburban upbringing. And aside from the fact that her father wore makeup, cowboy boots, and full-length fur coats, and her newly feminist mother ruthlessly banned Barbie due to her being“an unrealistic role model for young girls,”not much stood in the way of Korson’s happiness.
Those living inside the White House live under such a microscope that during their lowest moments, it has been hard for them to find privacy inside their own home.
What do President Obama, Madonna, and Jerry Seinfeld have in common? Some are sweet, some are educational, and some are just plain silly, but they all have a little something for everyone. The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand The newest member of the big-screen-celeb-turned-kids’-book-author, the irreverent comedian Russell Brand uses his voice like no one else can. In his take on The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Brand’s prose will have kids and parents LOL’ing. If you think you know the story of the Pied Piper, I assure you, you don’t know it quite like this! Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama Joining the company of Presidential children’s book authors Theodore Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter, President Barack Obama’s “letter” to his two daughters is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated collection of American heroes that anyone will enjoy, despite political views.