The Extra Burden for Parents of Children With Special Needs

By Mark Bertin, M.D. for The New York Times As a developmental pediatrician, I have worked throughout this coronavirus crisis with parents strained by fears about their child’s learning, stresses around anxiety and behavior, and the disruption of school services. For parents of children with special needs, who often carry an extra heavy load managing academics in the best of times,…

I Had a Gloriously Wild Childhood. That’s Why I Wrote ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’

By Cressida Cowell for The New York Times I was 9 years old, hanging on as tightly as I could to my father’s legs as he dangled over the edge of a gigantic sea cliff on a tiny little island off the west coast of Scotland. He was trying to see whether the bird’s nest some 15 feet below was being…

My 4-Year-Old Thinks She’s a Sous Chef. I’m Trying to Remain Calm.

By Elizabeth Bruenig for The New York Times I am what you might generously call “a skilled home cook.” I can follow recipes, copy pictures, execute a modest range of techniques and improvise a little with decent results. But I am no virtuoso; I have no particular talent for inventing dishes or harmonizing flavors, and even less for creating food that,…

Ask Dr. Blank: Choosing What’s Best for a Preschooler

This week, a parent made the headlines by suing her child’s preschool. Her claim? That the preschool “proved not to be a school at all, but just one big playroom” thereby jeopardizing her daughter’s chances of being accepted by an elite private school. It’s easy to scoff at the extreme nature of this parent’s action, but it also reflects some…

Researchers Reveal 10 Things That Make Kids Happier

From powerofpositivity.com “One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.” – Agatha Christie Childhood is a special time in one’s life. A time of discovery, play, wonder, and amusement at the world as the child gets the know the world around them. For the parents, this time can bring about…

Kids are reading to therapy dogs on Zoom. They can’t pet the pooches, but sessions still book up fast.

By Kellie B. Gormly  for The Washington Post Nicholas Gaiani grinned as he narrated the lyrics to a beloved Louis Armstrong song for his furry audience on Zoom from his home in Bethesda. “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world,” Nicholas, 6, read from the illustrated book version of the song, as he does each week during his…