Gangnam Style, Lifeguards & Work Ethics

I never heard of Gangnam style until about 5 minutes ago. But when the word appeared 3 times in a quick scan of Google news — something about lifeguards, something about Britney Spears and Ellen — I had to check it out. Quick update, for the uninformed and un-hip, like me. Gangnam Style is a […]

Gangnam Style, Lifeguards & Work Ethics

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I never heard of Gangnam style until about 5 minutes ago. But when the word appeared 3 times in a quick scan of Google news — something about lifeguards, something about Britney Spears and Ellen — I had to check it out. Quick update, for the uninformed and un-hip, like me. Gangnam Style is a […]

Work-Life Balance: Time for Solutions!

Work on one side, kids on the other? Illustration by winnifred xoxo via Flickr The issue of balance is in the news again. Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, jump-started the conversation. Other moms, bloggers and commentators have been adding on since. (I particularly love Joanna Weiss’s column, Work-Life Balance: […]

Best of the Blogs

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WAT Book Club Four Great Books for Boys. Full disclosure: I used to write for an editor who is now part of the We Are Teachers (WAT) team. But that’s now why I’m recommending this blog post. I’m recommending this post because I’m always interested in seeing great book suggestions for boys — and I’m […]

5 Reasons Boys Love Gardens

Gardening: a way to get boys engaged in outdoor play while also teaching valuable lessons about nutrition, the environment, and  hard work. And the best part is that while gardening is hard work, most boys hardly notice it because playing in the garden is also lots of fun. Here are five things boys love about gardening: 1. […]

Tool Safety

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After my First Day of School post the other day, Christine at Origami Mommy asked if I had any tips for teaching boys how to use hacksaws safely. She brings up a very good point. Normally, young children aren’t given tools to use. Plastic tools? Maybe. A real life, straight-from-Home-Depot hacksaw? Not so such. But […]

Mr. Personality

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My eleven-year-old son came down from his bath last night and announced that he wanted to take a personality test. He’d just finished reading Trouble Don’t Last, an award-winning book about a young slave escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The book, he said, got him thinking about the question, “Who am I?” We […]

Guest Post: How Do You Conquer Fear?

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Today’s blogger, Amy Rauch Neilson, is another writer I met during the May blogathon. Although we’d never met before, we’re connected on a genetic level: Amy and I are both carriers of genetic mutations known as the “breast cancer genes.” On a happier note, we’re also both moms of boys. Today, Amy blogs about an […]

Picking Stones

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Yesterday we picked stones. If you’re from around here — rural southeastern Wisconsin — you probably know what I mean. If not, well, you’re lucky. Picking stones might sound like a Ms. Frizzle-esque homeschool/learning type field trip, where we all scurry to the rock field for a chance to pick our own rock specimens. And […]