Our collective blind spot

Almost every day I read an article on children’s issues that completely ignores parents. What is wrong with this picture? The Economist’s otherwise terrific article “Poor children fall behind early in life. Better pre-school education could...

Be the Change . . . award nomination

This quick word, with profound thanks to Sophia Luthuli in Soweto, South Africa, who nominated me, is to share a link: http://bit.ly/1TjMMKK The nomination for a Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Award in the individual activist category is a great honor. It would...

Ch-ch-ch-changes

It seems that I was the 12,733,144-th person to listen online to this song by David Bowie, who is now, sadly, gone from us. I confess that I did not follow him … something about being busy raising children, working and all that … during his heyday. I have...

The wilderness right outside our doors

Scott Sampson’s How to Raise a Wild Child affirms what I have long felt but couldn’t explain: All of us, especially kids, need to connect with nature in all sorts of ways, large and small. He lays out the arguments for connecting children with the natural...

If the people lead . . .

Bartletts, or else my search technique, has failed me. The quote I am looking for is, “If the people lead, the leaders will follow,” and it came to mind yesterday when Parents Forum board and friends gathered yesterday to mark Respect for Parents Day. I...