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The Endless Cell Phone Debate

I Practice What I Preach. Which Often Doesn’t Thrill My Kids.

So this month, when my son started middle school, he was pretty sure he was getting a phone. But he’s 12. And in sixth grade. And my rule – which my husband and I agreed upon years ago and which I speak about fairly publicly given the data about screen use among kids – is that you don’t get a phone before you are 13. READ MORE

Rules to Cut Sugar... In the Classroom

In the upcoming school year, there will be new legislation governing how much junk kids get at school. But it's still a work in progress. 

New Rules May Curb Classroom Cupcakes

The season of junk-food-laden classroom holiday parties is upon us. And while some parents see all the cake, candy and salty snacks as a harmless indulgence during a festive season, others object to any unhealthy food in the...Read More

Eth - ICK - al

This is an amazing read.

Ethical Parenting

Imagine this ­scenario: It’s a Tuesday evening and you’re just home from work, still panting from the subway ride, when you determine without doubt that your fourth-grader has lice. Read More

Is There a "Right" Kind of Parental Involvement?

Maybe so. In my own parenting experience, the more time I dedicate to my kids' school and extracurricular activities, the less I actually dedicate to them. It's the ultimate irony. Amanda Ripley, you are onto something.

Ban School Bake Sales

American parents show up at their children’s schools. A lot. Nearly nine out of 10 attended at least one PTA or other school meeting in the 2011–12 school year, according to data released last week by the...Read More

The Universal Stimulant Effect

Such a profound and interesting article that appeared in the NY Times today. It took me back to a moment I will never forget: it was during my pediatric training and I was sitting in a lecture on Attention Defecit Disorder. The speaker told us that if every child in a classroom were to receive stimulant medication - regardless of whether or not they had ADD - every one of them would do better in school. It was a morning lecture and the speaker went on, "How many of you are holding a cup of coffee right now?" Nearly 100% of us unclasped one hand from our cups and raised them in the air. "Caffeine is a stimulant, just like the drugs used for ADD. See what I mean? You are all doing better because of your drug."

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School

When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. Read More