I learned a lot about politics this year while working in the newsroom during the election period. I got a glimpse of the good and the bad, the honesty and downright dishonesty that comes from people trying to gain power. I walked away from the election with an entirely new perspective of the extent to which politicians and their supporters will go to in order to … [Read more...] about People Prefer Head Lice Over Politicians?
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During the Jimmy Carter/Gerald Ford presidential contest in 1976, my chic DC parents threw one of their many chic DC dinner parties. I was helping mom (who was wearing a pink and orange halter top and matching skirt) just as the guests were about to arrive. “Turn around that trash can!” Mom told me in a panic. There was a red, white and blue presidential bumper sticker on … [Read more...] about How To Use this Presidential Race As Teaching Moments
I was raised, and am raising my three kids, in Washington, DC. I visited the Carter White House routinely as a kid. My children all groan when traffic is stopped for the Vice President’s motorcade. The whole family is on a first name basis with Malia Obama’s Secret Service detail. You’d think my kids and I would talk politics all the time as a result. But mostly, the … [Read more...] about Life Lessons for Kids Learned From the Presidential Race
I live in Washington, DC, where sightings and even conversations with politicians such as Hillary Clinton and President Obama are common. Maybe as a result, my three teenagers keep an eye on presidential campaigning. Even six months before the first caucus. My 16-year-old daughter has been excited, literally for years, that she will turn 18 on November 1, 2016 – so she gets … [Read more...] about Hooking Kids on Presidential Politics
Have you ever wished your little one hadn’t blurted out that naughty word to his oh-so proper grandparents -- an expletive he evidently learned when you accidentally slammed your finger in the door last week? Have you ever watched your child eat and, in horror, had to ask yourself, “Did he just watch Animal Planet before this meal?” Has your child ever done something so … [Read more...] about How to Raise a Polite Child