If you haven’t read ‘Love, Hate, and Other Filters,’ the debut teen novel by Samira Ahmed, do it. Do it now. It is, absolutely, a must-read. Read More
As you read Harry Potter, do you find yourself criticizing the adults for their many failings? Perhaps some of the fault lies in the fact that the stories are told in Harry’s point of view, and he is an unreliable narrator. Read More
Hosting kids for the Super Bowl? Want to keep them engaged and teach them a little math in the process? With a few minor tweaks, a typical game of Super Bowl Squares can be just the thing.
In the U.K., it’s National Storytelling Week. What better way to celebrate than to join in a round of storytelling. Continue the story in the comments, 300 words or less. To kick it off, here’s a little story starter. Read More
There are distinct stages that accompany working on a jigsaw puzzle. For the benefit of my readers, I generously experienced them all, and have dutifully reported them. I hope you appreciate my sacrifice. Read More
I’ve got an Echo Dot. She’s not exactly part of the family, nor is she as helpful as Rosie from ‘The Jetsons.’ Perhaps she could be, but I’ve not set her up to do all she is capable of doing. On purpose.
Before I had kids, I got into the scrapbooking craze. Then I had kids. I don’t scrapbook anymore. But I do still collect memories. Read More
How do you fight the demons? How do you stop the doubts inside your head—those negative thoughts that tell you that what you’re doing is hopeless—from growing so big that they stop you from trying? Read More
There is much that a car horn can do, much that it can say. There are many degrees of honking that can communicate much. Consider what the horn does, and how it can be used most effectively. Read More
Even though I know better than to believe it’ll make any lasting changes, I make New Year’s resolutions. Next year, however, I’m going to come up with monthly resolutions instead.
If you’re feeling down, maybe music can help lift your mood. If so, here’s the GeekMom Smile Playlist to help you out. It’s on Spotify, too. Read More
My father, who suffers from dementia, has obsessed over his “leaf research.” As it turns out, Pop-Up Hamper Leaf Collecting has its merits. Read More
As the musical ‘Allegiance’ looks ahead to a one-day theatrical release on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, it’s hard to know whether to go. Read More
In ‘The Paris Review,’ Claire Dederer asks, “What Do We Do With the Art of Monstrous Men?” The conclusion she reached is less than satisfying. Read More
Now’s a good time to get started on teacher gifts for the holiday. In the event that you’re thinking of some homemade teacher gifts, I’ve put together this list of ideas. Read More
J.K. Rowling teaches kids that being and doing good can go hand in hand with success. Which is why Johnny Depp must be ousted from ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald.’ Read More
Newt’s coming back, y’all–along with a young Dumbledore played by Jude Law–when ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ comes out November 18, 2018. Read More
We all like to offer up thoughtful, meaningful gifts for teachers that let them know how much we appreciate the fact that they tolerate–I mean, nurture–our children for a good portion of the day.
Dust off them wands, folks, there’s magic afoot. The Augmented Reality game ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ is on its way, but the magic is around you now. Read More
When my kids were little, I invented the Energy Game, with simple rules to burn off energy before bedtime. But now, alas, they’ve outgrown it. Read More