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Attention DC: RSVP NOW for our early learning delivery!

February 28, 2018
Those of us who live in the DC area know what a struggle it can be to find high-quality yet affordable early learning options, like childcare and pre-k, for our little learners. That’s why we were so thrilled this past fall when Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (VA)...
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How to Talk to Kids of All Ages About Difficult Subjects

February 23, 2018
One of the toughest jobs of parenting is talking to your kids about difficult subjects. It's hard enough to explain when Mr. Teddy Bear gets eaten by the washing machine. Or how their bike got stolen at school. It feels impossible to put into words the really big issues, such as violence, racism,...
Caroline Knorr's picture

More Than Support. How We Can Strengthen Families In Times of Distress

February 19, 2018
There is a lot of lip service paid to the concept of family friendly policies. Other times the word family is avoided all together, in favor of terms like two-generation programming, so as to avoid the nuances of what family means. However, whether you say it or don't say it, according to data...
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2018 Super Bowl Controversies to Watch Out For

February 1, 2018
For a fun family-and-friends event, the Super Bowl sure generates a lot of controversy: the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" of 2004, Tom Brady's deflate-gate, and that scary, depressing Nationwide Insurance "dead kid" ad that had parents all over the country covering their kids' eyes. This year,...
Caroline Knorr's picture

Charles Merrill: The Crucial Importance of Lanterns in Young Lives

January 19, 2018
I have been so blessed with an abundance of lanterns in my life who have been indispensable guides and supports over many decades. I shared many of them in my book Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors. It has been very painful to lose so many in recent years but they are still very alive with me. Charles...
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How to Raise a Kid With a Conscience

January 18, 2018
Every parent wants to raise a kid with a conscience -- someone who'll do the right thing even when no one is watching. But when the road to online integrity is riddled with cyberbullying , cell phone cheating , sexting , and other risks, trusting your kid to be conscientious feels like a leap of...
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Get the latest tips on surviving childcare drop off!

January 11, 2018
A first time drop off to childcare or preschool can be rough on kids, parents, caregivers, and educators. Let’s talk about it! Get the latest tips on surviving childcare drop off with early childhood mental health specialist and founder of Stop Parenting Alone , Lina Acosta Sandaal, live on the...
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How to Teach Kids to Recognize Fake News

January 10, 2018
Fake news has gotten a lot of attention . Even the term has earned several definitions. The quantity and types of news sources in the digital age have made it more challenging to determine what's real and what's fake. Reputable news outlets adhere to a code of ethical standards that ensures that...
Caroline Knorr's picture

Stay alive, stay connected

January 3, 2018
Check out the late Grace Lee Boggs on how to foster solidarity and make it through this horrible time with our souls and hopefully our social fabric intact. Her words are only becoming more and more important. “I’ve come to believe that you cannot change any society unless you take responsibility...
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Hope for the New Year

December 29, 2017
This is a time to stand and fight for the futures of our children and the soul of our nation with all our might! I am strengthened every morning by reading these words over my kitchen sink — based on a poem first published in 1905 and anonymously adapted over the years. Its bottom line: Never, ever...
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