Building a Better Student: Standard Candle

How do you measure the distance to a star that’s millions of light years away? Astronomers sometimes use a form of measurement that relies on the brightness (or luminosity) of particular types of stars. It’s known as a standard candle. The whole system relies on trusting that some stars will behave exactly the way similar […]

Understand Some Truths About Parenting

Having a family is truly a blessing to anyone and raising a child or children is full of surprises. If you are not yet a parent or about to be one, you have to be ready emotionally, physically, and psychologically as you get to have a little angel in your life. Having a baby for […]

4 Toys That Will Make Your Kids Smarter

Gone are the days of simple toys that provided fun for just five minutes before the child would get bored and move on. Nowadays, toys can keep kids engaged for hours. Smart parenting however means that you buy your kids toys that not only allow the child to have fun but also teach them a […]

Homeschooling Is on the Rise

I haven’t mentioned our homeschooling experiences and plans of late. You may recall that TechnoBoy went to public school last fall for the 8th grade. He did pretty well, and now The Mercenary is planning to join him for 9th grade next fall. I’m super excited for both boys; I think they’ll have a great […]

Parenting Help: Take Time to Choose Consequences

It’s okay to take your time choosing an appropriate consequence when a child misbehaves. Sometimes this feels like bad parenting, but that’s just not the case. As the older boys are aging, I’m finding it more and more difficult to figure out how to handle misdeeds in a way that is humane and wise. Yesterday […]

When Children Play, They Work

(Editor’s note: please welcome Marina, writing about child development and play. Thanks Marina!) One of the biggest differences I have noticed in children today and in children of let’s say, my time, is in the way we play. While we still have kids who run around the playground and get in to a sandbox, the […]