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.
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In a world where outdated gender norms are disappearing like office bar carts, only one rule remains ironclad: you can’t use Game Of Thrones to illustrate these concepts to your kids.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.
“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.
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.
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.
Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg’ s sculpture is an endless tunnel of literature. It appears to be a rabbit hole that serious bookworms would want to dive right into (which is probably why it is topped with glass). (Source: Hyperallergic ) The sculpture, titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down” (a nod to lyrics in the Laurie Anderson song “World Without End”), is symbolic of the sinking feeling of loss after death. (Source: Sculpture by the Sea ) The impressive collection of books represent a personal heirloom.
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.
Folks, I was just reading the latest from the amazing Centre for Parenting Culture Studies in Kent, England, and found this piece by Zoe Williams, author of the new book The Madness of Modern Parenting. Self‑appointed, two-man-and-a-dog operations periodically issue new rules about how fat you can be… Read the rest here.
Everyone knows 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - It’s a classic poem (that’s actually called “A Visit from St. Nicholas”). Dunrea’s wonderfully snow-filled illustrations depict the scene of animals waiting for Bear Noel to arrive, and the rising excitement as the story builds to his arrival. The colorful illustrations showcase how hard each animal works to share their gift with their neighbor and complements the simple text. - Sue Yee, 42nd Street Children’s Center The Flying Canoe by Eric Kimmel This is a French Canadian folktale about a mysterious stranger who appears before a group of fur trappers (voyageurs) stuck in the wilderness on Christmas Eve. - Louise Lareau, 42nd Street Children’s Center Good King Wenceslas by J. M. Neale, illustrated by Tim Ladwig Remember this particular carol? Tim Ladwig gives the entire song a lush treatment, with story images that match and complement the famous melody. A beautiful picture book that can be spoken aloud, or sung.