A family learns to shift holiday traditions as one kid takes her leave for school. While parents look forward to ending sibling sparring over the holidays, sometimes absence can make the heart grow fonder.
As a daughter settles into her LSU dorm room, a father realizes that college dorm life today, with its matching accessories and designer coffee machines, buries the valued lessons of simplicity espoused by scholars like Thoreau.
A father remembers what it's like to be in the driver's seat as a teenager, and applies those lessons to his own kids.
A son chooses a bold piece to play for the end of arts camp – including minutes of total silence. What is deemed as golden for many parents, can be equally unnerving, especially when a teen understands the power of non-communication.
One dad is invited to a special performance at his son's camp. However, the final concert isn't for weeks. The result is parents and students learning the joy of the process and the rewards that come from making mistakes.
I worry that in an era of stressed resources for schools and increased emphasis on uniform academic testing, field trips might fall victim to slashed budgets and school reform. As I saw, they can spark critical thinking better than conventional classroom instruction.
Does the future belong to graduates, or do graduates now belong to the past? A more inspiring idea than it first seems, drawing from a personal history can give the future special meaning.
Five writers remember the arrival of The Beatles in the US and how it affected – or, in one case, failed to affect – their lives.
Christmas photos: The usual distractions of life deter one family from having Christmas photos taken, until they drop everything to make it work. This is when the father realizes that the best gift of all is the time spent together at the photo shoot.
Many schools require students to read over the summer. Is this diminishing the joy of finding books and creating reluctant readers?
There are no small roles in a musical despite what your child may think. The tech crew is just as important as the star. As parents, don't forget: A child can shine from behind the spotlight too.
Passing on your favorite books to your heirs has sentimental value. But how will that work if your library is digital?
A year ago, Vermont was hit hard by floods from hurricane Irene. For those facing hurricane Isaac, the strong community spirit of Vermonters can serve as a lesson in how to respond and to recover.
A son's request for pumpkin pie on a 100-degree day in August inspires gratitude ... for the son as different drummer leading the family to new comfort zones.
Back-to-school time sparks parents and educators to think about school improvement, inspiring one father to volunteer to paint his son's school in order to brighten the surroundings – and possibly the quality of thought.