Headed out of our neighborhood last weekend with both kids, my husband rounded a corner and came to an abrupt stop. Four boys around the age of 11 sat in lawn chairs placed strategically across the road. They remained there with their heads down, giggling, but you could tell a couple of them were nervous. Eventually one boy stood and moved his chair to let us through, but only after I rolled down the window and insisted that he do so. Continue reading
The award-winning documentary Bully is scheduled to be released in theaters on March 30th. This powerful look at the devastating consequences of bullying has the potential to affect change in the way we all think about and deal with this type of abuse – especially in schools. I’ve watched this trailer nearly 10 times, and I’ve yet to view it without tearing-up. But this emotional, valuable and relevant documentary has been given an R rating for language, restricting the accessibility of this film for the audience who would benefit most – children under the age of 17. Continue reading →
While we’ve all been warned time and again to avoid judging a book by its cover, sometimes a book’s title can be equally misleading. When I first heard of Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot, I immediately thought it was a book discussing the idea that boys and girls are “hard-wired” from the start to be different. I was mistaken. Pink Brain, Blue Brain – How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps-and What We Can Do About It takes that theory to task. Supported by the authors own research in the field of neuroplasticity along with the critiques of many others’ work, Dr. Eliot demonstrates how a few, small biological differences at birth become exacerbated over time through socialization. Continue reading →
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- A Line in the Sand(wich)
- Be My Enemy
- Best Friends Forever?
- Top Ten Things That Make Me Cringe
- And That’s What It’s All About
- You Should Be So Clever
- Who’s My Boss?
- Getting Schooled By My Preschooler
- Messes and Messages
- 10 Reasons Girls & Boys Should Play Together
- Lego Friends Misses the Mark on Friendships
Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps
by Lise Eliot, Ph.D.