Ask Dr.Blank:My son is in second grade and is having some reading problems. One of the ones that keeps coming up is with the little words –words like is, were, they, and who. One of his teachers thinks he may have dyslexia. Is there anything I can do to help him?

The issue you raise is very common. Those words have a variety of names—as you mentioned, they are sometimes called the “little words”, other times “functors” and still other times “non content words.” These words tend to be small in size, and they are also small in number. There are only about 200 in the language and only about 100…

Psychologist Adam Grant: This is one of the most harmful questions parents can ask their kids—here’s why

By Adam Grant for cnbc.com What do you want to be when you grow up? As a kid, that was my least favorite question. I dreaded conversations with parents and other adults because they always asked it — and no matter how I replied, they never liked my answer. When I said I wanted to be a superhero, they laughed….

How women invented book clubs, revolutionizing reading and their own lives

By Jess McHugh for washingtonpost.com The women met wherever they could get their hands on a few books and some quiet: in empty classrooms, backrooms of bookstores, at friends’ homes, even while working in mills. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the first American reading circles — a precursor to book clubs — required little more than a thirst…

People Who Read Before Bed Not Only Sleep Better, But Eat More Healthily and Make More Money

By Maggie Seaver for realsimple.com If your go-to bedtime routine includes winding down with a great book, you’ve got a good thing going. We know you know that already (that’s why you keep doing it!), but reading before going to bed is not only working for you—it seems to have amazing, self-reported benefits for the masses, according to a recent survey….

Little girl convinces fashion brand to put pockets on girls’ jeans with amazing letter

From honey.nine.com.au/ A seven-year-old from the US has convinced fashion retailer Old Navy to start putting real pockets on girls’ jeans. Women around the world have complained about the lack of pockets on jeans designed for women and girls, with pockets often fake, sewn up imitations – when they’re included at all. It’s an issue that Kamryn Gardner decided to…

Ask Dr. Blank: What can I do at home to best support my son with dyslexia? He is in 4th grade.

One of the most productive and enjoyable activities you can do with your child is to read to him or have him listen to well written books that offer solid content in social studies, science and literature. You can also watch together movies and TV programs that involve topics like these. The movies Lincoln and Apollo 13 are good examples…