Crow Call: Beautiful Children’s Book for Fathers and Daughters

“The details of this story are true,” Newberry-winning author Lois Lowry writes of her beautiful father-daughter story Crow Call.  “But parents and children groping toward understanding each other–that happens to everyone.  And so this story is not really just my story, but everyone’s.” It is indeed.  Lowry’s Crow Call is a masterful evocation of the … More Crow Call: Beautiful Children’s Book for Fathers and Daughters

Frustrated with the Gift of Gab? Consider the Word-Smart Strength Behind It

An author who confesses that her childhood nickname was “Chatty Kathy” is someone I know I’ll appreciate. In 8 Great Smarts:  Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences, Dr. Kathy Koch presents the multiple intelligence theory of Dr. Howard Gardner in an accessible guide for parents wishing to help children understand and grow their natural strengths.  … More Frustrated with the Gift of Gab? Consider the Word-Smart Strength Behind It

Big Pink Baby Name-calling and The Invisible Mistakecase

Insults and epithets abound in today’s culture and seem socially acceptable in many circles.  Now more than ever, it’s important to hold ourselves accountable to high standards of speech and to teach our children to do the same. Cherise Mericle Harper’s The Invisible Mistakecase is a sweet and humorous tale about a grandpa who helps … More Big Pink Baby Name-calling and The Invisible Mistakecase

Peter Rabbit, Bluebeard, and Adam and Eve: A Theological Meandering

The mother of one of the children at my school came to discuss strategies for handling her four-year-old daughter’s constant complaints about rules. Exceptionally inquisitive and logical, the girl reminds me of one of my sons, who at about the same age, disputed my insistence on a daily afternoon nap. When I tried reducing the … More Peter Rabbit, Bluebeard, and Adam and Eve: A Theological Meandering

Counteracting the Big Me with Two Frogs and a Toad

Humility is a beautiful, elusive quality, a virtue that’s fallen completely out of fashion. Google its definition and you can ponder a graph showing the word’s diminishing use in our language from 1885 to today. A century ago, we talked a good deal about humility. Today, not so much. Because I read to young children … More Counteracting the Big Me with Two Frogs and a Toad