Archive | 2013

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Mayor to New York City 8-Year-Olds: Take The Subway Alone!

Hi Folks! Here in my burg, New York City, we are preparing for a possible strike by school bus drivers. That would leave about 150,000 children without their usual transit to school. If this comes to pass, the city has stated it will issue free Metro Cards (our bus/subway tickets) to all students, and also […]

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"Missing" in California

“Missing” in California

Hi Readers — While this letter is not about children, it reminds us to resist “worst-first” thinking: automatically thinking up the worst possible case scenario FIRST (usually involving crime and depravity), and assuming it’s the most likely story. Life is, thank goodness, usually duller than that. That being said, I am still very sorry to […]

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School Reverses Suspension of Boy, 6, Who Made “Gun” Out of Hand

Sanity on the part of the same suburban Maryland school administrators who suspended a 6-year-old for what they labeled a threat “to shoot a friend” — which most of the rest of the world saw as a 6-year-old playing? Yes indeed, and hallelujah! (Hardest word to spell!) Here are the details. Very sorry the family […]

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Want Brighter, Better Behaved Students? SAVE RECESS!

Readers — When my son was in fifth grade and annoying the teacher one way or another, his punishment was NO RECESS. Do you think that made him more eager to pay attention, stop squirming and buckle down to work for the rest of the day? That’s why I’m thrilled that no less an institution […]

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Why Kids Don't Need Yoga -- Guest Post

Why Kids Don’t Need Yoga — Guest Post

Hi Readers — Please note that this guest post is not ANTI yoga for kids. Nothin’ wrong with bending and stretching, no matter what age. What IS wrong, says Hara Estroff Marano, editor at large at Psychology Today and author of the inspiring, insightful and all together fabulous book A Nation of Wimps: The High […]

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Boy, 6, Suspended For Making Gun Gesture with Hand

Boy, 6, Suspended For Making Gun Gesture with Hand

A boy in suburban Washington, D.C., was suspended for the absolutely terrifying crime of making his hand into the shape of a gun — surely something no decent, law-abiding 6-year-old has ever even contemplated before. Clearly the boy had murder on his mind…and in his fiendish fingers. Kudos to the thoughtful administrators at Roscoe Nix […]

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