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Archive: July, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 11:59 AM

Friends who have taken their children the redesigned Sister Cities Park on Logan Square say it's one of the best play spots in the city. They love the little pond, and the location in an area that lacks playgrounds.

So why not take the opportunity to check out the park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 14, when the Center City District hosts a celebration of wind and water there? Children can decorate kites, craft an oar and race mini-boats.

Here is the press release from the Center City District: 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 5:47 PM

Those of who worked with Sue Snyder weren't surprised that she was part of the team that won the Inquirer's Pulitzer Prize for reporting on violence in Philadelphia public schools. She works harder than almost anyone. In a business where being cranky is a common personality trait, Sue is always a pleasure. Her kind, straightforward manner undoubtedly helps her win sources.

For any parents out there worried that children must be high achievers from the moment they enter preschool, read Sue Snyder's story and calm down.

What follows is a copy of the graduation speech Sue gave not too long ago to the journalism school at her alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is proof that attitude, a strong work ethic and a sense of humor can overcome mediocre SAT scores and the occasional hangover.

About this blog
In her 12 years at the Inquirer, Miriam Hill has written about everything from politics to gourmet chocolate (Like!) and anxious dogs (adorable trouble).

But only one topic has become a passion: the pleasures and challenges of raising a young child in the city.

Not too long after her son was born four years ago, she started hunting around for day care, which triggered her ongoing search for a good primary school. Public, private or charter? Stay in the city or move to the suburbs?

And then there are the more mundane questions, such as how many games can you play while sitting on a stoop?

Please join her in the conversation about raising children in Philadelphia and about making this city better for kids. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, but her only personal obsession is not football, but Bruce Springsteen. As he might have said, it’s hard to be a parent in the city.

You can also follow Miriam on Twitter here.

Miriam Hill
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