Good Guard, Bad GuardEight ways to know if your pool’s lifeguards are up to the job—and are being given the support they need.
Make Boomsa for the Motherland!The creative, absurd, and ineffective ways that countries try to boost their birthrates.
Death of a SunflowerYoung love, bad haircuts, and Fibonacci numbers: An essay by a Scholastic Writing Award–winning high schooler.
The Worst Years of Our LivesEveryone hates middle school. But this crucial, oft-ignored part of your children’s education is getting a makeover.
My Insignificant YearA miserable basketball team, a Nazi classmate, a fateful standardized test: notes on the indignities of the seventh grade.
Pop MusicLearning to be a good dad by listening to songs about bad ones, from “Cat’s in the Cradle” to “Papa’z Song.”
My Child Will Face a Hatred That I Have Never KnownI’m a white woman married to another white woman. How do we explain what happened to Trayvon to our black son?
Approaching DeathA nurse goes from the ER to a hospice, and changes the way she thinks about life and its end.
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like DrowningIn 10 percent of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.
Please Don’t Spill Your Child's Snacks All Over the PlaygroundIt seems like such a little thing, but it could save a food-allergic child’s life.
The Culture of Secrets An alphabet of Italian food, family, and pride: An essay by a Scholastic Writing Award–winning high schooler.
One Nation, UnderpantsThe triumphant return of Captain Underpants, hero to hyper, school-hating 8-year-olds.