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The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School


Aug 29 2014
It’s not just about speaking another language.
The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School
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As American kids pack up bookbags and find their classrooms on the first day of school, more of them will be greeted with, “Hola” and “Buenos Dias.” Their bulletin boards will display colors, animals, and days of the week in Spanish. Language-immersion ...

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When Childhood Has Become a Race


Aug 26 2014
Goodbye busy summer, hello busy school year: What have we lost in the rush?
When Childhood Has Become a Race
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In a July article for The New Republic, William Deresiewicz admonished parents to abandon Ivy League ambitions for their children. Having spent 24 years at Columbia and Yale, he surmises that students at our most elite universities have lost their sense of purpose.

These ...

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Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral


Aug 21 2014
Dad-to-be: “The beauty of the video was that we didn’t intend for this to happen.”
Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral
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Soon after Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney posted their baby announcement video a couple weeks ago, theirs became the pregnancy heard round the world.

Inspired by Coca-Cola’s personalized #ShareACoke cans, the couple cracked open can after ...

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Have Babies, Just Not Yet


Aug 19 2014
Resisting pressure to "make something of yourself" before motherhood.
Have Babies, Just Not Yet
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There are a number of reasons for the delay of childbearing on the part of women, who increasingly find themselves pursuing higher degrees, working full-time, and taking on leadership positions.

Babies don’t care if you just made partner, they arrive when they want ...

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Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool


Aug 18 2014
The difference between playground chatter and harmful messages.
Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool
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Girls go to college to get more knowledge / Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider. My 10-year-old daughter belted out these words one evening this summer during a game of backyard volleyball. As the sing-songy rhythm floated in the twilight, I found myself smiling—at ...

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Go Ahead, Say the Wrong Thing


Aug 5 2014
Never say, ‘never say’: How our lists and language rules may be over-the-top.
Go Ahead, Say the Wrong Thing
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Wrong Words and the Word-loving Missionary

Rachel Marie Stone

Someone said the wrong thing to me…and I survived.

You've no doubt come across one of those lists telling you the 10 or 12 or 20 "things you should never say" to women, pregnant women, people ...

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A Mother's Hope for a Better World


Aug 4 2014
The significance of raising good kids in an age of bad news.
A Mother's Hope for a Better World
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For all the autonomy and civil liberties allowed us in the West, few places seem as powerless and irrelevant as a quaint suburban home during times of global civil unrest. The events of July 17, 2014—the day MH-17 was shot out of the sky with 298 souls on board, the ...

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When Bullying Becomes Spiritual Warfare


Jul 31 2014
Insults and intimidation threaten children’s perceptions of God.
When Bullying Becomes Spiritual Warfare
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Conversations on bullying and its effects on the psychological health of our children have intensified in recent years. State legislatures have mandated procedures for investigating suspected acts of harassment or intimidation. Teachers now receive training on how to recognize ...

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Confessions of a Cosplay Mom


Jul 22 2014
How this Christian parent learned to embrace the wacky Comic-Con scene.
Confessions of a Cosplay Mom
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When I tell people that my teenage daughter loves to cosplay, they often have no idea what I'm talking about. Cosplay? What's that?

Costumed play, or cosplay, has emerged as a colorful subculture of dress up and role-play. Cosplay conventions are major events where ...

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Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder


Jul 14 2014
Rather than hide in pain, trisomy 18 parents take to the web to celebrate life.
Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder
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Molly Merry rests a hand on her pregnant belly, smiling at the uncertainty that lay in her womb. She wasn't always this calm, but she knows her daughter—diagnosed with an often-fatal genetic disorder—is in his plans.

"I felt like he kept telling me, ...

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