Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids’ tech use — and it should be a red flag for the rest of us

By Chris Weller for The Business Insider For all his success in designing world-changing technology, Bill Gates has set surprisingly strict rules for how his kids can use that technology, the billionaire philanthropist has said in multiple interviews. “You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way — homework and staying in touch with friends —…

Ask Dr. Blank: What can I do to meaningfully support literacy in my home?

The home has long been a center for encouraging literacy. Now it has become even more important. Opportunities and demands for reading are becoming less frequent in much of the world as the use of high tech devices increases. Though high tech devices require activities like texting so literacy is not entirely absent, in the main, literacy demands in the…

Helping Strangers May Help Teens’ Self-Esteem

By Juli Fraga for NPR.org At the start of the new year, parents may encourage their teens to detox from social media, increase exercise, or begin a volunteer project. While kids may bristle at the thought of posting fewer selfies, surveys indicate 55 percent of adolescents enjoy volunteering. And according to a recent study, when it comes to helping others, teens may…

There was a spider!

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Dragon stories for kids: My Father’s Dragon

“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannet is one our favorite dragon stories for kids. Melissa Gaynor  from Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know: • Although it was written more than 50 years ago, My Father’s dragon succeeds in keeping today’s readers intrigued and involved in the story. • It is an exciting read-aloud for younger readers…

What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

By Nurith Aizenman for NPR.org What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids? That’s a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays. And it’s a question that inspired a team of researchers to set up a study. Specifically, they wondered how the lessons varied…