“Democracy is hard. It demands teamwork, compromise, respect for rules and a willingness to engage with other opinionated, vociferous individuals. It also demands practice. The best place to get that practice may be out on the playground.”
TFI cuts back on the blinking lights, reduces the volume, and opens early once a quarter for kids who would otherwise be too overwhelmed by the stimulation of the regular Franklin Institute displays.
Attention Philly parents! Check out this guide for places to beat the heat this summer:
Have fun and stay cool 🙂
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released new findings that demonstrate the benefits of recess for children and their schools:
“When elementary schools create a safe and healthy recess for students, there can be a major impact on individual kids and school climate overall. In schools with safe and healthy recess students are more active, more cooperative, and more likely to use strong conflict resolution tools. Schools also see more drops in bullying and disciplinary referrals, and reductions in the number of conflicts that start in recess, spill back into class, and take up valuable class time to resolve.”
Check it out here:
Check out this resource for families in the Philadelphia area, including their list of things to do in terrible weather (like tomorrow!):
For our local readers: Check out this list of family-friends activities that are both fun and free this winter!
During this holiday week, we hope you enjoy lots of family storytelling and lively discussions with your little ones. Research shows that telling family stories has tremendous emotional and educational benefits for children, so if you need a little inspiration, check out these links for family storytelling activities: Continue reading
Dr. Corinne Masur
I’ve just listened to an interview with Mike Matheny, former professional baseball player and manager of The St. Louis Cardinals. He recently wrote The Matheny Manifesto, a book on sports and life in which he makes some very, very good points.
Does your child play t-ball or little league? Are you considering when to start your child on a soccer or tennis team? If so, Mike has some great ideas. He examines how to talk about your child and sports – and if you don’t have time to read the book or listen to the podcast (Fresh Air, 5/4/15) look at these brief points (some his, some mine): Continue reading
A parenting blog wouldn’t be complete without featuring Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, a Philadelphia treasure. Located in Fairmount Park, Smith has acres of outdoor space and a 16,000 square foot playhouse designed to promote creative, unstructured play. There’s a wooden train, kid-size kitchen toys, musical instruments, a giant slide, rocks for climbing, a sunny room filled with books– plus so much more. Best of all, it’s free (although donations are welcomed) and open year-round. We’ll see you there!
Dr. Corinne Masur
To party or not, that is the question – especially when you have a 1 or 2 or 3 year old’s birthday approaching. Do little children enjoy parties? Or are the parties for the parents, desperate to get together with other grown-ups? Continue reading