For many of us, the New Year is an exciting time because of the promise of unexpected surprises and new opportunities.
The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions goes back centuries, and most of us in the closing days of this year will reflect on our priorities and make our own declarations for 2014. As singer-songwriter Brad Paisley has said: New Year’s Day “is the first blank page of a 365-page book.
The holiday season is underway: Many Memphis families recently finished celebrating Hanukkah, others are getting ready for Christmas in less than a month, and still others anticipate Kwanzaa shortly thereafter. At this time of year, we are often asked: “What is the most important thing for parents and families with babies and toddlers to remember during these special times?”
We often hear about the achievement gap—the distinct academic disparities that exist between groups of students, primarily between middle-class students and students from lower-income families. Decades of research confirm that a combination of in-school and at-home factors contribute to these differences.
There is nothing quite like Halloween for young children. There are of course the costumes and the candy, the jack-o-lanterns and trick and treating. But it’s one of the celebrations that shape attitudes – either positive or negative – toward family, neighbors, and environment which are crucial in the cognitive and social development of our youngest children.
While most mothers experience some symptoms during the first weeks after giving birth, postpartum depression affects mothers for much longer. The effects on their children can be much longer.