Wowed by “Wow in the World”

Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels I love listening to radio shows.  That’s probably because I grew up with the sultry tones of National Public Radio shows warbling in the background of my childhood.  Yes, my parents are big nerds. Due to both nature and nurture, I’m a big nerd too, but I’ve hesitated to…

Helping Kids Overcome Learning Curves

Image by Sofía López Olalde from Pixabay “You don’t know how hard it is to be a six-year-old!” This is a line apparently generated by my husband when he was six (as indicated by the statement) and is often quoted by in-laws to elicit a laugh about kids saying the darndest things. And it is funny,…

Review: Google’s “Be Internet Awesome”

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay As my kids get older, I’m beginning to wonder how the heck I’m going to teach them about the internet. I came of age alongside the internet, so I was already a teenager when I started using it. Besides being (reasonably) developmentally rational when I was first exposed to the…

Promoting Honesty to Kids

Image by Cheryl Holt from Pixabay The realization is slowly creeping up on me that my kids are starting to ask uncomfortable questions  They’ve begun wondering about the big questions in the world, the ones for which I don’t really have answers. And now I have to admit that I’m not as smart as they…

Getting the Most Out of Family Traditions

Image by Actina from Pixabay Looking back on my childhood, I realize the memories that are most deeply seared into my brain are probably those that have to do with my family’s idiosyncratic traditions. Some of these were big outings – apple picking every fall and the annual “Christmas Tree Hunt” every winter, but some…