bartlebyPlay & Education

  • Be Careful
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    We tell them to be careful We tell them not to fall We don’t let them walk to school alone No playing outside with friends No games out in the street We sit them in the classroom Withhold recess when they’re bad No running on the playground No hugging

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  • Why My Kids Don’t Take Lessons
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    I have always been a believer in readiness in a sense that when children are ready – they will do it. Watching my own children has always confirmed this belief for me.  When they are physically, emotionally and cognitively ready – they will crawl, they will walk, they will talk, they will

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  • You Hope….
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    You click the camera, and hope that nothing ever breaks their spell…not growing up, not shouldering the world in which they now dance so spritely

    you hope they will smile through their eyes all their lives long  and speak so freely with one another, and reach out their arms to bestow affection

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  • Choosing a School: The Not So Obvious Questions You Need To Ask
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    Choosing a school can be difficult, and surviving a bad choice can be incredibly stressful.  So how can parents best navigate the school selection process?  Let’s face it, easily comparable statistics, like high average test scores, matter very little to a child’s

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  • Dear Public School: It’s Not Me, It’s You.
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    If I’m really honest with myself, I knew on the second day that this wasn’t going to work.

    I knew as soon as I heard the words “There is no running on the playground” that something was fundamentally wrong with this school system. I knew when I asked what could be done about the no running

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  • Public School: How I Made the Choice
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    A lot of people move to our neighborhood for the schools, so it may seem odd that I’ve spent the last months agonizing over where to send my son for kindergarten. Heck, even we moved here for the schools.  Then my first baby grew up a little, and I started learning more about parenting

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  • School and The Unconventional Parent
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    I am an unconventional parent.  I have an unconventional child.  I’m not sure how that evolved, really—except that when I was failing him,

    which was often, I adapted.  I read, I researched, and I talked to experts.   I will always be learning how to parent my son. I will always be learning

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  • Preschool: The Most Common Drop Off Disasters (and How to Avoid Them)
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    Preschool Drop Off can be hard.  Really hard. Most likely you have had at least one of the following traumatic events happen before even arriving at school: someone wouldn’t get dressed, someone had on the wrong color underwear, someone didn’t like what you made for breakfast, someone had

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  • Memories of a Childhood Outdoors
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    These are the outdoor recollections I hold dear from a childhood spent in Los Angeles. I hope that my preschool-age son Theo will have the same freedom I enjoyed then and there, in his own way. Each of these snapshots from my past–ages of about 6 to 12–still glitters in my memory, because

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