In last week’s column, I wrote about the coronavirus and the steps my family is taking to avoid catching the flu this time of year. We’ve gotten flu shots and emphasized the importance of handwashing with the kids. We’ve also given the kids miniature hand sanitizer bottles and attached them to their backpacks.I think I jinxed us. Little did I know that the flu bug would hit us again, the third (or is it fourth?) year in a row.Having a large family that includes [...]
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Everything old is new again. Old ideas with a new look certainly seem to be making an appearance in theories related to child-rearing and education. The latest candidates in that regard are the “new” ideas about reading failure and methods of teaching children to read.Recent national test scores showing that only a third of American students wereproficient in reading, with widening gaps between good readers and bad ones, haveprompted some educators to revisit the [...]
When the flu or some other virus is going around my kids’ classrooms, I’m the mom who goes into hyper-protective mode.My children go to school with anti-bacterial liquid attached to their backpacks. I talk to my kids about washing their hands and I make sure they know to cough into their elbow if they have to cough, not into their hands. And I tell them never to drink or eat after another person - even within our family.We sign up at the doctor’s office as soon as [...]
When someone behaves in a way that is socially offensive, observers often comment that he or she is “out of control.” There is a Talmudic saying that no one is the owner of his instincts, perhaps meaning that our instincts operate independently of our will. But living in a civilized society makes it necessary that we learn to control those instincts. Being out of control in that sense is offensive to others.This idea is meaningful for us as parents. Childhood is a time when [...]