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Our Tiger life: 15 minutes of recess in 7 hours of kindergarten. What’s happening to play?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

By Katie Culver Yes, “Tiger Mom” has us roaring about the ruthless strategies she utilized to seek “success” for her daughters at endeavors she herself was pushing. So success, but at what expense? And yet, many critiquing Amy Chua's approach have themselves forgotten a key element of childhood: Play. It’s not just ...

Even without batteries, toys talk to your kids. Know what messages they’re sending.

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

By Katie Culver You may have such a haul of new toys in your home right now that you have vowed not to purchase another (ever!). But chances are, you will. Like it or not, playthings can create and maintain gender stereotypes. Yet as a parent you want to create a balanced ...

DRAFTED at 5? How to get kids sport skills (without burning out).

Friday, October 8th, 2010

By Katie Culver We parents are obsessed with starting children in competitive sports as early as possible. How else to get them to the World Cup, Wimbledon, the Olympics or the NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL? If our son is going pro in soccer, my husband and I joke, we need him on ...

The Power of Mom: Six simple ideas for raising gender-fair kids

Friday, May 7th, 2010

By Katie Culver We have made loads of progress since the 1950’s, but gender inequities persist — first and foremost in the language we use and stereotypes we parents (even Moms!) often unconsciously perpetuate. In celebration of Mother's Day, here are simple things we can do to raise our children to ...

How to watch women’s Olympic ice hockey with your three-year-old daughter (and why it matters)

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Team USA faces off this afternoon against Finland in the final day of preliminary round play. Medals rounds ahead! By Emilie Liebhoff I recently took my three-year-old daughter ice-skating for the first time.  I skated a few laps, did some quick crossovers, and pivoted back and forth.  She was amazed.  (I'm sure ...

Jeanne Blasberg, chair of US Squash, on growing the women’s game, courting the post-college crowd, and amping up your game as you age (seriously)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

By Sarah Odell [caption id="attachment_66" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="US Squash board chair Jeanne Blasberg"][/caption] Jeanne Blasberg is Board Chair, of U.S. Squash and plays at state and national levels. Recently, she has been kind enough to teach my friend Ashley and I the game of doubles squash, which is all together different from ...