Praise Effort Over Achievement? Yes, But Flexibility is Important, Too

As parents, we sometimes find books or articles that make us question the way we parent and try something new. This week, one of us found out that the way most of us encourage our kids may actually hurt them.  You’ve probably heard “praise effort not achievement.” But it’s not enough to just encourage kids to try hard (plus, it …

We Won a Round! #SavePBSKids

We’ve got a bit of good news in the fight for PBS Kids: Congress just passed the ’17 budget with full funding for public broadcasting! Especially after yesterday’s painful healthcare vote, this is a welcome sign that together, we *can* have an impact. BUT, and it’s a big but — Trump wants zero funding for public broadcasting in 2018 so …

How to Raise Kids Who Are Resilient

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, Sheryl Sandberg writes about what she’s learned about building resilience in kids, even after a devastating loss. “The good news is that resilience isn’t a fixed personality trait.” she writes, “We’re not born with a set amount of it. Resilience is a muscle we can help kids build.” She mentions 3 …

Our New Favorite Thing: Ludacris Reading “Llama Llama”

Have you seen the video of Ludacris (hip hop artist and father) rapping the kids’ book “Llama Llama”? It rocked our world. Even if you can’t rap them, books are great for your little one’s brain. If you’re not sure what kind of reading will work best for your kid at the moment, here are a few age-based tips: Reading Tips by Age …

Books to Read with Kids in Honor of the Climate March

This Saturday, thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C., as part of the March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. With the administration’s roll-back of key climate protections, we have to sound the alarm loud and clear: We must protect the planet for future generations. As the powerful signs at the March for Science reminded us last week, “There is no Planet …

Children of Immigrants at Risk Under Trump’s Proposed Lunch Ban

Social workers around the country are reporting that immigrant families are withdrawing from services like SNAP and Medicaid for fear of being deported. It’s a result of the draft “Lunch Ban” executive order in which Donald Trump calls authorized immigrants a drain on the economy and wants to cut off benefits like school lunches, college financial aid and public health …

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Don’t Let Kids Go Hungry — Oppose the School Lunch Ban

Sign Petition on Messenger  Sign Petition on the Web When my parents fled from communist Cuba to the US in the 90s, they depended on food stamps and free school lunch to feed my brother and me. Now as a parent myself, I can’t imagine having to decide between putting food on the table and staying in my home. It’s an …

We Delivered 600,000 Save PBS Kids Petitions to Congress

On Tuesday, we delivered your Save PBS Kids petition—with 660,000 signatures!—to the Senate, accompanied by kids, parents, and The Cat in the Hat. It made quite a splash! It was a powerful moment, and we were so happy to be there with our ParentsTogether community and our partners, MoveOn, AVAAZ, Free Press Action Fund, and the Creative Majority PAC. Parents and kids shared …

Save PBS Kids!

As a parent, I’m thoughtful about my kids’ screen time. But when they do watch, there’s nothing they like more than PBS Kids. Dinosaur Train, Thomas & Friends, Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Plum Landing – my kids argue fiercely over which one to watch, and love them all. And I love how much my kids learn — it’s obvious …