Learning to Code at Age 5?

Technology is changing our world, and today kids as young as five years of age are learning to program computers. Learning to code is not only helpful in promoting qualities that are important to nurture in kids — perseverance, creativity and confidence — but it is also helpful in gaining invaluable critical thinking and STEM skills that support learning across all academic areas. …

Finding Out You’re Having Multiples

Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is as amazing as every parent says. A fetal heartbeat is quick – our baby’s was 160 beats per minute. When I heard it, I felt my own heart race to keep up. On the ultrasound screen, we saw a tiny, Teddy-bear-shaped body wiggling around in what looked like a dance of …

Does Physical Exercise Make Kids Smarter?

The stereotypical smart kid prefers reading to playing sports. The stereotypical below average kid prefers sports to learning in the classroom. The fact is these perceptions are flawed. Focus on academic achievement and lower budget levels has led many schools in the U.S. to diminish— or for 47% of high schools, eliminate — P.E. altogether. Yet neuroscience tells us that …

Five Questions for the Programs Administrator

Kristin Mulderig is the Programs Administrator for PAMP. This is a new position with the organization, and one that helps to put all of the pieces together. “My role is to help with communications outreach (including the newsletter and social media), small events administrative tasks,” Kristin says, “and to keep the website up to date with the most current sponsorship …

Member Tips — Club Membership Updates

You’ve had a great year as a PAMP member! You attended fun events, got excellent advice, maybe a new nanny from contacts on our online forums and made new friends for yourself and your children. But — oh no — your membership is about to come to an end! How do you renew your membership so thatyou can continue to …

Celebrating 30 Years as a Mom

If you asked me what I received as a Mother’s Day gift last year, I admit, I don’t remember. If you asked me to list all my favorite gifts over the last few years or even longer, I don’t remember those either. Don’t get me wrong — I like getting gifts! Who doesn’t? But gifts, as wonderful as they can …

Mommy, Can We Send Baby Back Now?

I thought I had dodged a bullet when my second son was born and my first seemed to fall in love with him right ‘out of the box’, so to speak. The baby was doted on, squeezed, admired, snuggled and generally adored by my older son. I was relieved…I had done something right, clearly! Maybe following all the advice to …

Member Musings: Turn Off Your Inner Critic

My butt was plastered in the newspaper recently. Talk about a moment to take a deep breath and exercise turning off my inner-critic and practicing self-love. In all honesty, who DOES love having their butt plastered in the newspaper, for school parents to show you and say “Look, it’s you!” They are looking at me — and I am looking at …

Kid’s Science – Using Media to Inspire

Children are natural scientists. They question, observe, test and measure in their daily lives. Here are some of the best kids science apps, websites and media to help you and your child exploring and questioning together. Websites Ask Dr. Universe: This website follows a questionand answer approach to questions related to science. Dr. Universe is a cat named Wendy Sue …

Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

It seems as if everyone has something negative to say about the younger generation. Critics call today’s kids narcissistic and spoiled, blaming parents for being too permissive and overprotective.They say children don’t have enough grit and determination to get through life, leaving them unprepared for the real world. But author Alfie Kohn debunks this kind of thinking in his new …