Telling Time

Learning to tell time is one of the major skills of childhood. I get a kick out of watching kids as they eventually get it. As they figure out what those moving hands are all about. How the concept of time begins to take shape in their brains? As they start to...

STEM Gifts

The weather has turned cold for good, the kids are well-established in the not-so-new school year, the holiday cards are ordered, and it is officially time to get the holiday shopping done. As my kids have gotten older, finding the “perfect” gift to put under the tree...

College Admission

What are your college admission and application options? Regular admission, rolling admission, early admission, late admission, deferred admission—what do these terms mean? As you begin to form your college application list, your schools’ admissions policies will help...

Practice! Practice!

“Hey, cabbie, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice! Practice!” Yes, old joke. But kids need to practice to get on the Honor Roll, the softball team, the next level of algebra, the cello solo, or a great performance in the school play. Just about anything worth...

Fashion vs Future

It’s back-to-school time again and all the major retailers — from electronics to apparel — are telling me that I have to run out and buy new outfits, backpacks and gadgets for my kids. This year I’m hitting pause to put some thought to what is really going to make my...