9 Strategies for Summer Reading

Grace Huang I first learned about the term “summer slide” from my daughter’s fifth-grade teacher. He tested the class’s reading skills at the start of the year and compared them with what they had been at the end of fourth grade. Most of the kids had slipped — even my daughter, who read a coupleRead More

11 Podcasts Your Kids Should Be Listening To

gradyreese/Getty Images Podcasts are all the rage these days (Serial and S-Town, anyone?) and cover every topic imaginable—pregnancy, cooking, fitness, pop culture… You name it, there’s a podcast for it. But why should adults get to have all the fun? Lucky for kids, there has been a rise in the number of high-quality podcasts forRead More

How to Get Kids Started with Coding

jamesteohart/Shutterstock Learning the language that computers speak can seem like a steep technical challenge for an adult, let alone an elementary-school kid. But learning to code is the kind of parent-approved “gaming” kids need more of: It builds problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and it’s creative too. “Computers are changing every field. Having a basic understanding of how thisRead More

26 Summer Food Safety Tips

Stephanie Rausser Stomach-churning, but true: Food-borne illnesses are most common in summer, when high temperatures speed bacteria growth and outdoor cooking (without refrigeration or indoor plumbing) reigns supreme. Here’s your recipe for beating the odds. At a Barbeque Keep raw meat and veggies separate. To help avoid cross-contamination, give each type of food its own cuttingRead More

Why You Should Slow Down This Summer

Sheikoevgeniya/Shutterstock Our lives are hurried and harried. We have our adult commitments and schedules, and our kids often have their own commitments and schedules, too. It can be hard not to overload our kids and ourselves with the deadlines and dance card of each day because events must start on time. But kids’ brains aren’tRead More

8 Apps Tech Tools That We Think Make Parenting Easier

Sally Anscombe/Getty Images It’s hard to imagine a time when “Google” wasn’t a verb and our mobile phones weren’t appendages practically attached to our bodies. Technology has truly changed the way we communicate, interact, and parent, and has certainly introduced many new challenges and benefits along the way. While we continue to navigate the trickyRead More