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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens
Over the years, many readers and friends have asked me the about the must-read books for  kids. Every few weeks, I get asked the million dollar questions: What books should my kids read? What are the best books for 5-year-olds? Which books will my 12-year-old love to read? Please tell me how to spend my […]

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STEM Lab: free, hands-on STEM activities for kids & teens

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STEM Lab: free, hands-on STEM activities for kids & teens
As a teacher and parent, I am always, always on the hunt for free, hands-on STEM activities for kids and teens. It’s always been my goal to raise confident, curious kids–children who question the world around them and want to learn how and why things work the way they do. So whenever we’ve had questions […]

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Should We Force Teens To Participate In Family Gatherings?

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Should We Force Teens To Participate In Family Gatherings?
I’ve been hearing lately from readers who are parenting teens (or who will be in the near future). Recently I answered a question about parenting teens on my advice column Ask the Mom at TheMid.com and I thought I’d share it here today. I hope you enjoy! -Meagan Help me out here, Meagan. A few friends […]

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How to Talk to Tweens and Teens About Sexual Consent

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How to Talk to Tweens and Teens About Sexual Consent
From headlines in the daily paper, morning radio talk show hosts discussing it on the air, and news outlets sharing breaking news through Snapchat, it’s hard for our kids to avoid words and current events that are associated with sex. It may be tempting to change the radio station, turn off the nightly news, flip […]

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