Kids (74)

Is Our Universe an Electron In a Bigger One?

Remember when the junior high science teacher said that a lot of water got back to the ice caps and lakes and rivers when transpiration took place? Remember when it was easy to tell someone that those clouds up there are cumulonimbus, so we better head home? How about this one: How many of us have thought about subatomic particles and the enticing notion that entire universes are contained in every electron, neutron and proton…

When the "What Ifs" Are Frightening

Remember the last time you took your kids on vacation, out of state or out of the country? If your awareness of their proximity and your surroundings got jacked up to the level of a black ops reconnaissance expert, you’re not alone. We trust everyone got back safely — but what if they didn’t? Allow us to introduce novelist Maile Meloy. If you read for pleasure, you may already be aware of her 2009 collection,…

The Magic of Music

We can’t say enough about childhood literacy. Skillful, natural reading really is the key to success in any field of endeavor. If your child is especially perceptive, he or she may receive the building blocks of literacy from children’s television programming, and learn the finer points in kindergarten and beyond, with no difficulty. But this is not a thing to hedge your bets on. It’s all hands on deck, battle stations, let’s get these rugrats…

The Solution to Spring Fever

If teacher’s reports are worth anything (and they are), their young students are already absent from the classroom, gone in their minds to summer vacation as soon as the snow was gone. Many readers have calendars on their refrigerators, x-ing off days one by one until the big hoorah. Rambunctiousness is the order of the day. Fidgeting. Bickering. Resisting. One friend of The Phoenix family had to order lumber for a treehouse in exchange for…

The Age-Old Aphorism

Let’s talk about healthy kids. Assuming they’re generally happy internally (that is, emotionally) there still remains the issue of encouraging them to learn maintenance skills for the body. That means, as we’ve all heard millions of times, diet and exercise. Good food at a healthy level of intake, and plenty of all kinds of moving around, will build a strong young person. So, if we take nourishment and activity as separate points for the time…

Are There Really Monsters in Our World? An Interview with children's book author Gregory Hofmann

Are your kids old enough to be fascinated by fantastical creatures, but still young enough to want to look at pictures while you read to them? We may have found the perfect solution, in local author Gregory Hofmann’s new children’s picture book, Larger than Life, which he also illustrated. Excited about his kids’ lit debut (he’s already a novelist and poet), he took the time to reveal some insights to us:   GG: What were…

Outside the Box for Mom

Upon hearing the phrase "Mother's Day," many women who are raising or have raised children will scoff and say, “Everyday should be Mother’s Day,” the implication being that moms are the hardest working people on earth (and the veterans of the most pain). It is an assertion against which it is hard to argue. So to make this year special, here’s a spin on the usual breakfast in bed, card and flowers, comprising three events…

BFFs Make It All Okay

If you grew up in the U.S., chances are that you have fond memories of Sesame Street, the characters you loved, the things the show taught you. And Sesame Street is where word-magician Mo Willem got his start, as a writer and an animator. Now, years later, his characters Elephant Gerald and Piggie have leapt off the pages of Willem’s books and onto the stage at Merrill Auditorium, in the rollicking children’s musical, Elephant &…

New Mothers, This One's for You

Back in the day, when a woman found out she was pregnant and decided she was going to raise her child, her sources of information were basically limited to her own mother’s and grandmother’s collective advice, and reading Dr. Spock. Those are still two very good ideas, but in the past several decades, science has advanced, industry has done its best to keep up, and now there is a whole world of resources available to…

Celebrate Earth Day!

Disclaimer: A certain writer, yours truly, is in his forties. So long ago, when April 22 came around, you would go to the feed store, get a sapling, and plant it somewhere around your house. It was Earth Day. Americans were worried about the devastation of the South American rainforest, among other things. But environmentalism was still a relatively new phenomenon, starting to be taught in schools, so it was the kids who bugged their…
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