Giving “The Talk” About Cyber Shopping

Cyber Monday turns 10 this year, as does my daughter. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re going to have the Talk. Not that Talk. This one is in regards to shopping online.   Any savvy shopper knows there are lots of benefits to shopping online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, such as: a lack […]

Live From Lego League

STEM is SySTEMic!   Cricket Media is giving away a BB-8 Droid, the hottest toy of the holiday season to showcase our focus on robotics and engineering in our discovery family of magazines, including Click for children ages 3 to 6 years, Ask for kids ages 6 to 9 years, and Muse for kids 9 […]

You Say Potato. I Say Racism.

You may not have known this, but it’s Native American Heritage month. Originally proposed at the turn of the century as a day to of recognition for the significant contributions of the first Americans, the effort grew into a month-long celebration of heritage, history, and what helped shape our nation.   I can’t imagine not […]

Bingo! Here’s the Clue to Gaining a Monopoly on Family Game Night, Risk-Free.

I am so excited to write about family game night. My family loves playing games. We play cards at dinner (and yes, we even bring them to restaurants when we eat out). We play verbal games in the car while we’re driving. We play I Spy while we’re waiting in line at the bank. I’ve […]

Oh, Those Autumn Holidays (Or, Not Everyone Celebrates Thanksgiving)

I have to admit that I sometimes make the common America-centric mistake of thinking everyone else also celebrates OUR holidays. For example, in corresponding with a friend in England, and considering a visit at the end of November, I expressed my concern that the timing would interfere with their Thanksgiving plans.   “Our what plans?” […]

Having a Literally Literary Halloween

Ahhh, Halloween. One of my favorite holidays: Little effort. Lots of candy.   My kids love it too, mostly for the same reasons. The daughter referred to in previous posts as having the 100-pound book bag (of which 98.5 pounds consist of books she reads for fun) especially loves Halloween — and she has a […]

The “B” Words

All month long we’ve been talking about bullying. At this end of this blog post, you’ll find Part 3 of “Water to Ice,” the story we’ve been featuring each week.   Bullying has been all over the news this month as October is the month where we “recognize it “and everyone makes a point of […]

10 Internet Facts for World Internet Day

The internet is kind of a big deal, right? I mean, you wouldn’t be reading this blog if it weren’t for the internet and I would have a ton more time in my day if I wasn’t spending all my time googling things and writing blogs about them. As our world gets more and more […]

Try This Real Life Scavenger Hunt in Honor of the United Nations

Tomorrow, October 24th, is the birthday of the United Nations. To celebrate 70 years of the organization’s work helping to promote world peace and encourage global economic development, more than 200 iconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, and other landmarks in nearly 60 countries across the globe will be lit up blue.   If you live […]

4 Tips for Getting Teens Excited About Reading

I’m pretty lucky as a mom. My daughter loves to read. My husband pointed out today that her book-bag weighs 50 pounds. There are exactly two spiral notebooks in it. The other 49.5 pounds come from books she’s reading for pleasure.   I was a big reader as a kid, so it makes me happy […]