The fourth-grade slump syndrome

The fourth-grade slump syndrome

Your kid loved reading books until he hit fourth grade. Now it’s a royal pain getting him to pick up a book or magazine at all. He says reading is boring. He says school is too hard. If that rings true, join the club. Forty percent of kids between the ages of five and...
A whacky winter-to-spring transition

A whacky winter-to-spring transition

When I came across the You Tube clip below, I couldn’t resist sharing it. Winter is for skiing, spring is for kayaking. What better way to celebrate the transition than doing both at the same time?! Even though I rarely kayak anymore, after a lifetime of doing...
The (sad) tale behind writing Paintball Island

The (sad) tale behind writing Paintball Island

Twelve-year-old Max and his younger sister Marie love having an unspoiled island all to themselves. So when they learn it’s being turned into a paintball park, they’re torn between enjoying their schoolmates’ envy, and worrying about the game...