Support for Dealing with Common Family Issues

We all need a little support these days.  And when we’re dealing with common family issues, sometimes connecting with others who have been in your shoes can give you a fresh perspective.  A word of encouragement, a friendly ear, a chance to get things off your chest…….if you’re looking for More »

My Children Have Too Much Homework

By Thomas L. Carlson

I am not sure if it is federal and state education testing mandates that have created the homework monster that we see today.  It is possible that the, “no child left behind” has turned this generation into a society of, “childhood left behind.”

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Posted in Guest Post on September 27th, 2011 | Permalink | Comments »
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Ron Clark’s The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck-101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers

By Kelly Thunstrom

Ron Clark has been called “America’s Educator”.  Named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in 2000, his name has become synonymous with getting much needed change to the American education system.  No less than Ms. Oprah Winfrey named him her first “Phenomenal Man”.  When she gave a shout More »

A Response to the film Consuming Kids

By Elaina Daniels

Be wary parents, because they are coming for your children.  They are coming very well equipped.  Marketing, exploitation, manipulation, materialism.  These are just a few of the words in the film, Consuming Kids, to describe what is being done to our children just about every second of every More »

An Interview with Marina Koestler Ruben


Marina Koestler Ruben, author of How to Tutor Your Own Child – Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning – Without Paying for a Professional Tutor, is the in-house writing tutor at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.  She is also a writer, editor, and professional tutor of More »

Reaction to “Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood”

By Kelly Thunstrom

I was glued to the screen during this one hour and eight minute preview of Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood.  This film dumbfounded me and shook me to the core.  Who is truly raising our kids?  Every parent and teacher needs to watch this, and ask More »

Parents need to be as consumed with their kids as the corporations are

By Susan Frasca

They had me at “hello.”

Who could argue the validity of the claims and observations made in Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood?  The statistics are well-known, from the rise in childhood health issues to the billions of dollars companies make from innocent, unsuspecting child consumers – well, more More »

The Top 5 Web Based E-mail Accounts

By Jonathan Wylie

Need a new email account? Today, it seems that no matter how careful you are, the spammers always catch up with you eventually. So, sometimes it is just better to cut your losses and grab a brand new email account. Here are five of the best for you More »

Posted in Technology on September 20th, 2011 | Permalink | Comments »
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Consuming Kids Equips Parents for Marketing Battlefield

By Colleen Keefe

Did you know that our kids are exposed to nearly 3,000 ads per day or that marketers actually study and count on “The Nag Factor” to determine the just how many times a kid needs to nag for a parent to give in and buy?

CONSUMING KIDS, a Media More »

A Review of Marina Koestler Ruben’s How to Tutor Your Own Child: Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning – Without Paying for a Professional Tutor

By Kelly Thunstrom

Marina Koestler Ruben is a professional writing tutor, most notably at the Sidwell Friends School (where the Obama children attend) in Washington, DC.  It is interesting to me that she wrote this book, being that she is employed as a tutor and needs students to teach.  Why write More »