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Typing is Fine, but Handwriting Makes its Mark When it Comes to Learning

Research shows that handwriting increases brain activity. Credit: Getty Images
Sure, typing is a skill kids need to learn earlier and earlier -- what with all the laptops, cell phones and games that require it these days.
But it...
Putting pen to paper can help students do better in school, researchers find.

Cursive Writing a Thing of the Past?

Ever since she learned to hold a pencil, Ellie has been fascinated by cursive writing. She loves the loops and curves of script writing and works hard at perfecting the art. In the past, all of this writing practice has been done at home because it...

Dyslexia gene identified

A team of scientists at Oxford University in England have identified a gene linked to dyslexia, a learning disability that often leads to reading and spelling difficulties. If not addressed early on, children can fall behind in literacy skills and...

When good sentiments go bad

Rachel got up early to get started cleaning house in preparation for the fifteen or twenty family members who would be arriving on Tuesday to celebrate the holidays. I, meanwhile, was in the bedroom working and keeping Sara out of her hair. Then...

Being a daddy blogger

18 months ago, I barely knew what a blog was. Years ago I'd heard about these mysterious personal diaries and political gossip websites on the news, but was so disappointed by the "what I had for lunch" content I found after I entered "blog" in a...

The Work at Home Mom beauty regime, an oxymoron?

A dear blogger friend of mine recently wrote a post on her personal blog about her daily/weekly beauty regime. Her inspiration for the post came from a bikini waxing incident gone awry. As she tenderly hoofed it around her house she rattled off all...

Does your child keep a diary?

For a time when I was a teen, I kept a diary where I poured out my heart in melodramatic poetry. My writings were mostly about boys and love and maybe a few about my parents. I still have some of those poems in a box in the back of my closet. I keep...

Dyslexic teen avoids gas pumps, counsels others

It's amazing the power teachers have. Unfortunately, a bad teacher can quite easily destroy a kid with a simple, callous remark. Luckily, Evan Paul was a pretty robust, strong kid and when of his teachers told him that the world needs people to man...

Writing contest for kids

We read a lot in my house. Ellie's bedtime routine has included reading since she was an infant. It's a nightly ritual that we all enjoy and my hope for her is that she will carry this love of reading into adulthood. What better way to appreciate a...

John Lithgow narrates children's video game, inspires kids to write

When he wasn't splitting sides as an eccentric alien on "3rd Rock from the Sun," or threatening defenseless gingerbread men as Lord Farquaad in Shrek, John Lithgow was writing best-selling children's books like "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" or...

"Thank you" cards for kids and teens

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person in the world that still writes "thank you" notes. Call me old-fashioned, but I feel that it is important to send someone a "thank you," especially if you did not open the gift in front of them. With the...

NaNoWriMo for kids

In honor of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, my daughter's 4th grade teacher is giving her class the option of writing a novel during the month of November. The rules for the official project state that the finished product must be at least...

Does writing help you reduce health care utilization?

It has often been thought that writing about your feelings can be very useful, particularly in times of stress. Does it help reduce your need for health care services, however? A study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology attempted to...

Mama Says Om: tap into your creative side

There's nothing like a community of artistic people -- which is exactly what the smart moms of Mama Says Om are trying to create.  The brainchild of Elaine (Wanna Be Hippie), Krystyn (SoliStella), Christina (MyTopography) and Kelly (Glimpse from...

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