Teaching Kids the Magic of Metamorphosis

Ovid opens his Metamorphoses with the line “In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora” (I intend to speak of forms changed into new entities), and that’s exactly what I intend to do today. Ovid’s metamorphoses are largely concerned with one entity changed completely into another – Diana converting Actaeon into a stag after he had the misfortune of…

Hugs for Love, Hugs for Life

I’m sure that if you have kids, you hug them. We all know that hugging – and being hugged – makes us feel good. I’ve always believed that I’m a fairly tactile person, one who doesn’t stint on the physical affection. I’m a great hugger. But then I started asking myself some questions. How often do…

Is it OK to Shout at Your Kids?

Last Friday morning, I made my six-year-old son cry. Not just a quiet tear or two, but that gasping, rasping weeping that tells you they’re truly upset. How did I make him cry? I shouted at him. Why did I shout at him? Well, here’s the story. School days. When the kids have to go…