M.Leddy + childhood   88

No screens for these kids
The New York Times reports on tech types who keep their children away from screens.
childhood  technology 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Sliding pond
A sliding pond (or sliding pon) is what most English-speaking United States residents would call a slide or, less commonly, a sliding board or sliding plank.
childhood  NewYorkCity  words 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Parents and children and money
Writing in The Washington Post, James A. Coan, a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, considers the long-term effect on children of separation from their parents and concludes that “the Trump administration is committing violence against children.”
childhood 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
“Baby TripAdvisor”
“In the morning, we visited the table room. There were many, many tables in the table room.”
childhood  humor 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
Smells like childhood
Bus exhaust, bubble gum, Camel cigarettes, caps for toy guns, my elementary school’s basement, laundry air-dried in my grandparents’ basement.
childhood  memory 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Chuck McCann (1934–2018)
Sandy Becker, Officer Joe Bolton, Sonny Fox, Miss Louise, Chuck McCann, Cap’n Jack McCarthy, and Soupy Sales. O local television!
childhood  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Feminist Baby
Complaints on Amazon — for instance, that the book doesn’t help the title character “grow to a strong, open-minded individual who recognizes all the paths available to her” — seem to forget that this book is about the very young, who do indeed throw up, and throw their toys.
books  childhood 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Boolean days
how many families have reinvented Boolean operators when playing the children’s game Guess Who?
childhood  fambly 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Naomi, teacher
A short film from the BBC, “What Babies Can Teach Us.”
childhood  teaching 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Out of the past
“Must try to walk up & down stairs more carefully to avoid accidents to self and others.”
childhood 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
The Clean Plate Club
Dammit, I always assumed that my parents invented it. But no, it was Herbert Hoover.
childhood  food 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Tin-Tin
A children’s game in a Shirley Jackson novel.
childhood  fiction 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
John Gruber on Messenger Kids
“This is like Philip Morris introducing officially licensed candy cigarettes. You’re nuts if you sign your kids up for this.”
childhood  technology 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Pottery Barn Kids [sic]
You can guess what we think about this stuff.
childhood  culture 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
World Book Things
Five minutes into the first episode of the new season of Stranger Things, I was thrilled to see the World Book Encyclopedia, or at least a partial set, on a shelf in Dustin’s house.
childhood  dowdyworld  television 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Life with the McCrearys
From This American Life, one of the strangest and saddest accounts of family life I have ever encountered.
childhood  family  podcasts 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
June Foray (1917–2017)
The voice of Rocket J. Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, and Nell Fenwick.
cartoons  childhood  television 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Hal Fryar (1927–2017)
Harlow Hickenlooper of Indianapolis children’s television.
childhood  Indianapolis  television 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Trump, child?
Alison Gopnik, who studies learning and development in children, explains why Donald Trump is “utterly unlike a four-year-old.”
childhood  politics 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Remembrance of Vicks past
Not just a fragrant reminder of childhood but something like the WD-40 of mentholated ointments.
childhood  dowdyworld 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Speak, Emenee
Do you remember this commercial?
advertising  childhood  music  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
“We went to some really old people last year, but they gave us a lot of candy.”
childhood  fambly  notebooks 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Robert Vaughn (1932–2016)
Napoleon Solo and fellow agent Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) were major inspirations in my espionage-filled boyhood.
childhood  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Snow in the city in the school
At Caroline Pratt’s City and Country School, seven-year-olds built and rebuilt and ran a “play city,” with roads, waterways, “little people” (wooden figures), and buildings made of blocks. And the children sometimes staged performances.
childhood  education  snow 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Book tour
A Scholastic Book Services truck, sighted in the wild.
books  childhood 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Cursive Quimby
Ramona must be in the clutches of the Palmer Method.
BeverlyCleary  childhood  fiction  handwriting 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary celebrates her hundredth birthday today.
BeverlyCleary  books  childhood  fambly 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: kindie
he recent appearance of vinyl for the young must be a related development.
childhood  music  words 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Blue and red
From my daughter’s childhood: a painting of a watercolor palette.
art  childhood  fambly 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Younger, sepia
Why are you seeing this photograph? Because Fresca has suggested to her readers that they post baby pictures.
childhood  photography 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Toy talk
The educational future that some envision — every child communing with a device — is not one I favor. Nothing beats talking with people.
childhood  language  technology 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Illiberal intolerance and safe spaces
The dream of the “safe space” suggests to me a womblike existence upon which nothing untoward is supposed to intrude. It might be understandable that students in a dangerous, uncertain world would aspire to inhabit such a space. But if they think that college is meant to provide that space, they need to do some growing up.
childhood  college 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
The World Book Encyclopedia
An Atlantic item that makes me miss the World Book Encyclopedia of my childhood.
childhood  reading 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
NYC schooldays
The New York Times has a look at the first day in photographs through the decades.
childhood  education  NewYorkCity 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Inside Out
Likely to turn any adult viewer into a tear-stained, nose-running mess.
childhood  film 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Lois Lilienstein (1936–2015)
Sharon, Lois & Bram cassettes were a main staple of our children’s childhoods.
childhood  fambly  music  television 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Dad the tooter
My son Ben has revealed a misunderstanding from his childhood.
childhood  fambly  life 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Winter, ookyook
Winter is ukiuq, or ookyook.
childhood  winter 
january 2014 by M.Leddy
Things my children no longer say
“It’s rally, rally, rally cold. It’s f-f-f-f-freeeeezing.”
childhood  fambly  words 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Juvenile delinquents
“As a kid in Brooklyn, I believed, as did my peers, that there was something called a ‘J. D. card,’ certifying you as a juvenile delinquent. You were supposed to carry the card with you — in an I. D. wallet, no doubt.”
childhood  Route66  television 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
Bernard Waber (1921–2013)
He wrote and illustrated the Lyle books.
art  books  childhood 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
Twin rockers
Eleven-month-old twins rock out.
childhood  music 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
Donald J. Sobol (1924–2012)
Donald J. Sobol, the creator of Encyclopedia Brown, has died at the age of eighty-seven.
books  childhood  reading 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
Norman Sas (1925–2012)
The inventor of electric football.
childhood 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
No Sleep
What’s wrong with Go the F**k to Sleep?
books  childhood  culture  parenthood 
june 2011 by M.Leddy
Review: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
“A book whose magic is easy to see, even through progressive lenses.”
childhood  fiction 
march 2011 by M.Leddy
On One Morning in Maine
Elaine Fine's favorite book from childhood
books  childhood  reading 
november 2010 by M.Leddy
Clifford B. Hicks (1920–2010)
Author of the formative book of my childhood, Alvin's Secret Code
CliffordHicks  fiction  childhood 
october 2010 by M.Leddy
Edward Kean (1924-2010)
"Chief writer, philosopher, and theoretician" of The Howdy Doody Show
childhood  television 
august 2010 by M.Leddy
Gummies for grown-ups
Vitamin gummies for grown-ups. Oh, grow up.
childhood  culture 
may 2010 by M.Leddy
Baby alert
Pre-schoolers and babies, as seen while walking home
childhood  life 
april 2010 by M.Leddy
Jay Bennett (1912–2009)
He wrote one of the best books of my youth
books  childhood  fiction  reading 
april 2010 by M.Leddy
Collecting P.S. 202
Martin Raskin collects P.S. 202, East New York, Brooklyn
Brooklyn  childhood 
april 2010 by M.Leddy
From the president, to schoolchildren
"No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work."
advice  BarackObama  childhood  children 
september 2009 by M.Leddy
A riddle
An illuminated manuscript from the second grade
art  childhood  family  life 
august 2009 by M.Leddy
Fresh cookies, fresh ironing
Proustian passage from a childhood book
books  childhood  memory  Proust  reading 
july 2009 by M.Leddy
November 27, 1958
Photograph of the blogger as a young man
Brooklyn  childhood  life  photography 
june 2009 by M.Leddy
Proust's five-franc piece
A story from Proust's childhood
childhood  Proust 
june 2009 by M.Leddy
Jinx (children's game)
The rules are complicated and hilarious
childhood  life 
may 2009 by M.Leddy
Scholastic madeleines
Scans of Scholastic Book Club covers
books  childhood  nostalgia 
november 2008 by M.Leddy
Picturing the Museum
Photograph from the American Museum of Natural History, kids looking at the Great Canoe
museum  childhood  photography 
july 2008 by M.Leddy
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