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Sarah Coyne: Kids learn about instant gratification by watching parents
The first time we opened our stuffed-animal hospital, I was delighted. How much more adorable can it get, I thought, than to play doctor with your kids, stitching up torn seams in beloved teddy bears?
Tech training: Class at library focuses on how computers work
On Tuesday, James Swafford will turn a pile of parts into a working computer in less than an hour at Pittsburg Public Library.
- Parents' planner (Jan. 16-22)
Sarah Coyne: Nag less, talk more about your feelings
It seems like the more unbroken hours of time I spend with my children -- like during a snow-extended Christmas break -- the more I begin to nag.
Story secondary: Interaction with parents the point of library's reading program
The library used to host a program called Baby Bookworms intended for children up to 2 years old and their parents. But library staff noticed that it was hard for the toddlers and walkers to sit still.
Aisha Sultan: Parenting against culture a new year's resolution
The fundamental test of wills between parents and children hasn't changed. But the ground rules may have.
- Parents' planner (Jan. 9-15)
Sarah Coyne: Secret behind reading booklets revealed
In my kindergartner's backpack, there is a stack of books that she made in class. She cuts and colors, then gathers and staples the pages together until they're a complete work. Each page holds a picture matching a three- or four-word sentence -- the culmination of that day's focused lessons.
Small worlds: Terrariums are easy-to-make miniature ecosystems
At her family's kitchen table on a bitterly cold January morning, 18-year-old Madeline White was busy bringing a bit of the outside in: She was crafting a vivarium.
Sarah Coyne: Perserverance helps communicate a message
"I can't do it!" she muttered. She crossed her arms with a huff and burrowed her eyebrows into twin tracks of scorn. I tried to encourage her, but she was having none of it. "I can't! It's dumb."
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