Weekend Reads: International Parenting Values, Hogwart’s Sex Ed, etc

Weekend Reads: International Parenting Values, Hogwart’s Sex Ed, etc

Well hello hello!  How’s everyone doing today?  We had a busy day at the zoo yesterday, so things are good here.  Anyway, what are we in the mood for today?       If you’re looking for….questions about Hogwart’s sex-ed: Buzzfeed has more questions than answers (from Lance) If you’re looking for….creative toddler lunch ideas (that you’ll neve... »

Science for Kids: Shine a Penny With Ketchup and Salt

Science for Kids: Shine a Penny With Ketchup and Salt

This science trick is so easy, you can do it in a fast food restaurant. First, grab some ketchup and salt packets and some napkins. Squirt the ketchup on the napkin (you may need more than 1 napkin because the cheaper ones tend to break apart, and you don’t want to be stuck with ketchup on your hands!) and sprinkle a generous amount of salt on top. Then add your penny to the mix and fold the... »

Running Round in Robot Town

Running Round in Robot Town

My daughter loves robots. She loves them so much, she got 4 new ones for her birthday last week, along with building toys, books, a camping outfit, art kits, and a terrarium. Sounds like a great gender neutral haul, yeah? I wonder what you are imagining dear reader, when I say that my daughter received robots. Maybe something like this? Or maybe this? Probably not something like this: Mo and her F... »

What Kids Can’t Learn from the GMO Labeling Debate

What Kids Can’t Learn from the GMO Labeling Debate

When it comes to GMOs, I’ve always been content to let you science nerds duke it out. It’s not that I don’t support genetically engineered food. I do, but I’m still a few credits shy of completing that degree in Genetics from Google U and I have a hard time spelling mutagenesis. So I’m not sure how I managed to volunteer myself to talk to my son’s fifth grade classmates about the GMO labeling deba... »

Weekend Reads: Food Cubes, Reading Rainbow, etc

Weekend Reads: Food Cubes, Reading Rainbow, etc

Well hello hello!  The end of the semester ate me, but I’m back now.  Feels good.       If you’re looking for….a cool visual: Different foods cut in to 2.5cm cubes.  Very cool looking. If you’re looking for….the new Reading Rainbow: Mary just passed along the link….it’s up and running! If you’re looking for….some thoughts on Dads... »

A Tired Parent Reviews Classic Children’s Books

A Tired Parent Reviews Classic Children’s Books

I’ve always loved reading, and I know how important it is to read to children, so of course my daughter has a well-stocked bookshelf. What I didn’t consider was that even the best children’s book loses something when you have to read it hundreds of times. I don’t even need to look at the pages to read the books anymore, which is helpful because I can do other things, like c... »

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