Giving up on play?

When my boys were school age, I along with a host of other parents collectively heaved our traditional September sigh, “Ah, the kids are back in school.” But as much as I reveled in that fact, I also mourned the loss of our laid-back summer freedom. With school came schedules, structure, and a loss of

Words, words, words

I was browsing through a recent Parents¬†magazine when this title caught my eye: ¬†“”134 tips for a happy, safe, stress-free school year.” In the midst of all the advice for handling the first-day drop-off and packing the best lunch was this one: kids learn best from mixing instruction in with everyday activities — not from