Family

Smart questions to ask your child to find out more about the school day.

Every time my kid comes off the bus, I feel a mixture of joy and apprehension: oh-oh, here it comes. I can’t wait to give him a hug. I can’t wait to hear how his day went. I can’t bear to think how many teeth pulling techniques I’d have to use this time to get [...]

How to talk to your kids to find out what’s happening in their life and on their school day

“What did you do in school today, honey?” “Um… Nothin’. ” “whom did you play with?” “nobody.” “What did you learn?” “Don’t remember.” I have a wild energy ball for a kid, who could run an entire power plant if we could figure out how to plug him in. He had to do something. I [...]

Heartwarming games after heartwarming meal. Thanksgiving activities for the whole family

Thanksgiving games for the whole family to enjoy at the Holiday Feast and remember for years to come I don’t eat turkey.  I am at the fence with most boring socially acceptable traditions.  I am allergic to hypocritical smiles of relatives who can barely stand each other.  And yet, Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite family gathering [...]

10 Commandments to parents from a person who walked into gas chamber with his school children

Janusz Korczak is an outstanding Polish educator, writer, physician and public figure, who refused to save his own life three times. The first time it happened when Janusz decided not to emigrate to Palestine before German occupation of Poland. He refused to leave behind the Orphanage on the eve of the terrible events. The second [...]

An educational visit to the farm

“Where do you want to go?” “Moo. Miau.”  My toddler’s answer rarely deviates.  “We have two cats at home!  Do you want to go the playground instead?”  “No.  Moo.  Miau.”  Well, at least we don’t have a “moo” at home.  Or, when I don’t look at the mirror, I’d like to think that way.  Though, [...]

Can I hear the magic word, please?

“I’m cold!” – the demanding voice from the back seat.  My husband’s hand stretches towards the car AC controls.  I am gently pushing it back towards the steering wheel.  “Cold!” – the voice becomes nastier.  This time around daddy manages to turn down the AC dial.  I swiftly dial it back.  An evil mom freezing [...]