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...

Why do we so often think . . .

that economic justice is a problem only for poor people? that gender equity, along with sexual assault and sex trafficking, are concerns only for women? that intimate partner violence can be resolved by helping only the victims? that racial equality is an issue only...

Today’s the day for donuts …and discussions

What’s more important, treats or talk? Both are of course and I am a big fan of chatting. I hope to see some of the readers of this (very occasional) blog at Davis Square in Somerville (Mass.) this afternoon between 1pm and 3pm. The address is 250 Elm Street,...

Report from Tunis, and FIEP

Steven Pinker … a quote I read on a Chipotle bag, of all places … said, “We will never have a perfect world, but it is not romantic or naive to work toward a better one.” I am in Tunis this week for the 50th anniversary conference of the...

Our goal as parenting educators

We want parents to raise compassionate children . . . http://nyti.ms/1m00bbn . . . right The parenting education and support that social services presently offer does not seem to do enough to help enough parents accomplish this goal. I suggest we consider more peer...