Category Archives: children

Tech teachers?

Is Alexa the best no-screen alternative for kids?

Whether it’s Echo, Google Home or something else, educators warn parents, “Don’t depend on technology to teach your child to talk.”

Even though smart speakers are interactive, only people can maximize opportunities for a child’s language growth.


Friendly closet additions

Inclusivity has been tossed into all types of conversations and categories, but the recent move into kid’s closets has triggered a wave of interest.

Adaptive clothing, initially intended to make life easier for those with special needs, has been embraced by parents who appreciate diaper-friendly pants and kids who want tagless shirts.

What’s good for some is proving good for all.

Gender blur

As an children’s author, I have a front row view of the trends in popular names.

During a recent book signing, I noticed that Charlie, Parker and Jordan can be names for boys or girls. It was obvious that the swing toward gender neutral names continues.

A screenless world?

One of our grandsons speaks very naturally, and in a normal conversational tone, to Alexa. He growing up in fast-changing world I struggle to understand.

But I wonder about the long-term impact of digital tech on our five grandsons, as they grow up in a world of mixed realities, when offline and online morph together, and virtual reality and physical experiences merge.

Will all this tech help these little guys be more caring and compassionate? competent and efficient? happier?

Streetwear from Santa?

What began as a fashion statement of West Coast surf and skate clothing, streetwear for kids has moved toward mainstream.

Holiday images of kids wearing styles that mirror adult trends are popping up on social media. Actually, that’s where some of the energy is coming from: parents who post photos of their well-dressed children.

Fashion trends seem less edgy when modeled by a cute kid.

A calming color

Although Scandi Pink (also known as Tumblr Pink, Millennial Pink) has become genderless, I don’t dare buy any of my five grandsons clothing with the blushy peace-salmon hybrid color.

Although the girly-girl overtones have left all shades of pink, the flattering color has yet to downage to the elementary school set.

Halloween DIY

By spending less than $10 at a local thrift store, our grandson recently “dressed the part” for his oral presentation on Steve Jobs.

That same type of DIY thinking will drive the creation of many costumes this Halloween. In an effort to be unique, kids will wear costumes they put together by themselves.

Using a mix and match approach, children will add accessories and items they borrow, find or buy inexpensively.