Tag Archives: childhood

Hide Your Smiling Faces: Grim Childhood and the Hope for Childlike Innocence

Hide Your Smiling Faces

I always had an urge to lose myself in the wilderness surrounding my childhood home. I remember running through the aspen grove outside my parent’s front steps, climbing over the stones that marked where our acreage ended, and stumbling down the steep hills in desperate pursuit of the small creek that I had deemed magical. Sometimes I wish that my sense of ... Read More »

MARCY AXNESS: The Joys of Adult Children

I mean that title as a double-entendre, because this week is steeped in both meanings: I spent a long Father’s Day weekend in San Francisco being an adult child — musing nostalgically around the city and Marin, the landscape of my early childhood — and am now spending a couple of days responding to my grown daughter’s call for Mama time. Childhood ... Read More »

MARCY AXNESS: My Three Mothers—An Appreciation

I had three mothers and I needed them all. I’m dedicating this Mother’s Day reflection to all you mamas out there who fill so many roles and wear so many hats in meeting your children’s needs — and you’re  just one mother! You are masters of the bob-and-weave, performing complex multi-task maneuvering to cover the many bases required of moms. My three ... Read More »

BETH LAMBERT: A Unique Approach to Healing

The Canary Kids Project Grassroots Initiative Tackles New Childhood Epidemics One of the greatest paradoxes of our times is that the most affluent, resourced and medically advanced societies in the world also have the highest rates of chronic childhood illness. Obesity and diabetes, autism and neurodevelopmental delays, and digestive and allergic diseases were rare just a generation ago. Today those ... Read More »

Rub Some Dirt in It

Where the Wild Things Are Picture

We are all familiar with classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and Home Alone, two tales of children holding their own and embracing any obstacles in their path. While audiences find the main characters’ bold behavior amusing, such challenging situations are not only necessary for children’s development, but are getting harder and harder to come by. It does a kid a ... Read More »

MARCY AXNESS: Is Your Child Ready to Read? A Checklist

We live in a culture deeply devoted to getting its citizens to read at the earliest possible ages. Whether it’s flashcards, alphabet-focused toys, or “teachable moments about letters” sprinkled throughout daily life with toddlers and preschoolers, we seem hellbent on early reading. And parents feel little choice in the matter: sadly, a 5- or 6-year-old kindergarden student in public or ... Read More »