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3 Tips for Adopting a Better Bedtime Routine

Bedtime. It can be the best of times, and it can be the worst of times. Often, after a full day of activities together, it cannot come soon enough. But as many parents will tell you, the calming, quiet routines we share with our children as we settle...

The 10 Best New Picture Books for Spring

Every season brings bright new picture books, and Cabin Fever has the great pleasure of choosing from among the riches the very best. With help from my personal focus group of readers (and pre-readers), here's what made our shortlist of top new...

Girls Outperform Boys in Reading, Study Says

A book is a powerful tool in the classroom gender wars. Credit: Getty Images
The battle of the sexes isn't just for boardrooms anymore. Gender wars continue to play out in classrooms across the nation -- and girls appear to be winning when it...

Best Pregnancy Books: ParentDish's Top 10 Picks

Catch up on your pregnancy reading with these top titles. Credit: Betsssssy, Flickr
In "The Godfather," they went to the mattresses. In pregnancy, you go to the books. And, since you've already got a lot on your mind, we did the work for you,...

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep...

Scientists Discover Evidence of Brain Rewiring in Kids

Imaging shows compromised white matter (blue area) in poor readers, left; increase in structural integrity (red/yellow) among poor readers who received instruction, center; and after instruction, previously poor readers had the same structural...

Dewey The Library Cat Gets a Movie Deal, Meryl Streep Signs on to Play Librarian

Vicki Myron has published another children's book about Dewey, the kitten she rescued from her library's drop box. Credit: Hachette Book Group, USA
He grew up entertaining the children who tromped into an Iowa library for story hour, so it was...

'The Kids Are All Right' Sibling Authors Say Being Separated Was Worse Than Parents' Death

What's quickly apparent about the four Welch siblings in their powerful new memoir, "The Kids Are All Right," is that these are "kids" in age only. Ages 4 to 16 when their father died in a car crash, Amanda, Liz, Dan and Diana Welch...

British Teachers Told To Drop the "i Before e" Rule

There are 1,100 ways to spell the 44 sounds in the English language. Image: sxc.hu
Recently, while helping my 8-year-old with her homework, I realized that in many ways, learning math is just like learning to spell. Except that math is a heck of...

Children's Books - Where Have all the Good Dads Gone?

Are dads treated unfairly in children's books?. Image: John Flinchbaugh on Flickr
Dads today are more involved in child care and family life than ever. They change diapers, they wake for midnight feedings and sometimes, they're even the...

Weekend Fun and Games

It's Friday again and time to make some plans for the weekend. Here are some ideas for family-friendly fun as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. At the Movies This movie may be...

Weekend Fun and Games

It's Friday already and time to make plans for the weekend. We're here to help with a list of what's new in kid's entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. At the Movies Superheroes take the form of monsters in the new...

Parents Too Busy for Storytime

Screen time is replacing bedtime stories for many youngsters, according to a new study. Why? Look at your own life. Household chores, work pressures and plain old fatigue are preventing parents from reading to their kids. Only three percent of all...

Old Books - A New Source of Lead Poisoning?

When you think about dangerous books, what comes to mind? That classic list of banned books, titles like "Of Mice and Men" and "Brave New World?" Or newer controversial books, like the Harry Potter series or "King and King?" How about that lovely...

Reading to Your Kids is a Crime

Do you read your kids a story before bed? The National Children's Reading Foundation recommends that you spend twenty minutes each day reading out loud to your kids. The problem is, if you follow the NCRF recommendation, you'll be committing a crime....

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