The Answer Sheet: Parenting

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Parents as tigers and wimps: Cycles in child rearing and schooling

An educator explains how the media hullabaloo over Amy Chua’s 'Tiger Mom' and angry rebuttals from many parents (and grandparents) are at the root of the traditional vs. progressive cyclical conflicts that have ebbed and flowed over what reforms work best in U.S. schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  amy chua, battle hymn of the tiger mother, history of school reform, larry cuban, parenting, parenting techniques, school reform, tiger mom, tiger mother

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/22/2011

What Rhee’s comments about her children say about her

Amid the national debate about "Tiger Mother" Amy Chua's parenting style, let's look at what Michelle Rhee recently said about her own children and what those comments reveal about Rhee and her views about education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:57 PM ET, 01/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee, Michelle Rhee | Tags:  amy chua, battle hymn of the tiger mother, chinese mother, education in finland, finland schools, grade retention, michelle rhee, parenting styles, rhee and soccer, soccer, social promotion, south korean schools, tiger moms, tiger mother

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 04/11/2010

On bullying: "What are we really teaching our kids?"

By Malcolm Gauld. Our schools remain paralyzed, focused on objectives that are not only unsound; they actually fuel many of the problems we profess to want to solve. Our dynamic reminds me of an old “I Love Lucy” episode.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:40 AM ET, 04/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bullying | Tags:  Hyde schools, Malcolm Gauld, Pheobe Prince, bullying, parenting

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/16/2009

THE LIST: How NOT to Raise Kids

THE LIST: How NOT To Raise Kids. 1) When you have the chance to drag your three young children into a reality television that is, for example, called “Wife Swap, jump at it! 2) Tell your kids they’re allowed to cuss inside the house but not in public--then let them make a curse-laden rap video and post it on YouTube.....

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 10/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents | Tags:  balloon boy, parenting

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 10/01/2009

Moms: Which Years Would You Like to Stay Home?

Stay-at-home moms are “more likely than” than working moms to have an infant or preschooler in the house. That piece of information is one of many in new census statistics that my colleague Donna St. George wrote about today in a story about stay-at-home moms in The Washington Post. If you could choose, which years would you stay at home with your kids--when they are young or when they are in older?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:22 PM ET, 10/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents | Tags:  Parenting, Stay-at-home moms

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 09/08/2009

Teach Your Child to Be Their Own Advocate

There are many things that experts tell parents they ought to do for their child at the start of the school year: *Help kids create a schedule to do homework and outside activities. *Create a quiet work space for them...

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 09/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers, Teachers | Tags:  Parenting, Teaching Kids to Advocate