Mo Willems' beloved pigeon, from his children's book series about a very persistent bird, turns 10 this year – as in 10 years in print. Learn more about this literary giant among young children with our exclusive interview. >>
A new report finds widely varying high school graduation rates for students with specific learning disabilities and recommends against making tracking decisions for these students as early as elementary school. >>
Eric Kimmel is the award-winning author of more than 50 books, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. In this interview with the PJ Library in western Massachusetts, Kimmel talks about writing, getting kids to read and the future of books. >>
Schools are now required to make "reasonable" modifications that would allow students with special needs to participate in after-school sports, under new guidelines issued by the federal government. >>
Are you helping to pay for your child's college education? If so, you might want to talk with your child about your expectations. A new study reveals that some students getting their parents' financial help are slacking off academically. >>
School backpacks can do more than carry books; they can injure your kids if not worn properly. Here's some great information and tips from a Boston physical therapist who sees plenty of patients with backpack-related injuries. >>
It's the time of year when parents are looking into preschool for their young children. Preschools in eastern Massachusetts are hosting open houses and offering tours. Here are some tips on selecting the right school for your child. >>
It's called an art museum, but the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is so much more – illustrations, books, a hands-on art studio, a giant caterpillar-shaped book nook and more await adults and kids alike. >>
You might want to think twice about pulling your kids out of school for a family vacation. Educators are strongly discouraging it, citing class time that's hard to make up and the burden placed on teachers asked for makeup work. >>
Are new or expectant parents like politicians? Boston Parents Paper humor columnist Steve Calechman explores the similarities and takes on one campaign promise that he doubts presidential candidates can keep – keeping college tuition affordable. >>
Two Boston gender experts are challenging beliefs that boys and girls learn and behave differently because of brain structure, and must therefore be taught differently. They argue that our culture creates stereotypes that lead to these differences. >>
A survey of American adults reveals a lot of misunderstanding about learning disabilities, including beliefs that these disorders can be caused by a poor diet, watching too much TV or even childhood vaccines. >>
Even if you have no background in classical music, it's easy to expose your kids and your family to the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Follow these five tips from conductors and music educators. >>
If your child has asthma, the school environment can often exacerbate his or her condition. Here, from the Boston Public Health Commission, are some great tips to help your child breathe a little easier this school year. >>
Thank you for raising awareness about the need for foster parents in Massachusetts. As an organization that also provides Intensive Foster Care, The Home for Little Wanderers has found that many people are unaware of the different types of foster care. We encourage anyone who is interested to learn more. Every child deserves a safe and loving home.
This topic has occupied my mind for years! Thank you for starting a movement that parents so desperately need! It is difficult for young parents to NOT get caught up in the overscheduled lifestyle. No well-meaning parent wants their child to miss any opportunity for healthy enrichment, but too much is counterproductive! Although my children are teenagers now, I would have LOVED to hear your words of wisdom when my family craved downtime!