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.
Scholastic asked over 2,500 families with kids aged 6-17 detailed questions about their reading habits. They found that among the top predictors for “frequent readers” — kids who read for fun most days of the week — are whether the parents are frequent readers, whether the parents read aloud to the kid 5-7 days per week before the kid entered kindergarten, and whether the child actually believes reading for fun is important.
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.
If you and your teens have lost countless hours devouring book series from the Hunger Games to Divergent to the Maze Runner – and many more weekends seeing the movies based on the books – you might be feeling a little hungry about now. The final installment of Mockingjay ends a satisfying run of dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi blockbusters inspired by deliciously addictive book series. And it’s high time to find your next binge-read. Here are 10 fabulous book series that are totally un-put-downable (one of which is already slated for the big screen!). ...
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.
In its latest issue, Parents names the top 10 books of the year for children. From board books to graphic novels to big-kid chapter books, there’s a recommendation for every young reader on your holiday gift list.
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.
“There’s a misconception that a child’s happiness is the responsibility of the parents,” Katie Hurley, LCSW and author of The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World, in stores Tuesday, tells Yahoo Parenting. “But you are not in charge of making your kids happy — your job is to empower them with the tools, time and space to be kids so that they learn how to take control of their own joy.” We asked Hurley to break it down for us: Trust Your Gut “Your instincts are attuned to your child, but with all the information out there, you may start to question yourself,” says Hurley.
For one year, the Dannemiller family gave up buying any unnecessary purchases. “By focusing on experiences instead of purchases, we grew together in faith as a family, we were able to serve others, we were able to give more of our time and treasure to people who really need it,” he says.
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.
In her fight to get this book banned from her son’s school, one mom is calling the text “pornographic.” (Photo: Broadway Books) A mother in Knoxville, Tenn., is challenging her son’s summer reading book, calling the non-fiction title, written by a former science reporter, “pornography.” The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by author Rebecca Skloot, is about a poor African-American women who died of cervical cancer. While being treated at Johns Hopkins, her cells were taken without her consent and those cells, called HeLa cells, were the first to reproduce in culture.
These 8 books all feature protagonists who are just a little out of step with everyone around them, but they’re also a little more awesome.
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises to make your kid fall asleep fast. As a mom who works full time — with a husband who burns the night shift and a 13-month-old who’s not sleep trained — I was psyched to hear about the buzzy, bestselling book that promises to put a child to sleep in minutes.
Author Lauren Hirshfield Belden's new book "The Places You’ll Feed!" is a lighthearted warning about the trials and tribulations of nursing.
Whether you’re on vacation or sticking close to home, there’s always room for reading in the summer schedule. Here are our picks for picture books, middle-grade fiction, and teen reads.