Drawing upon their expertise as classroom teachers, tutors, and parents, Abby and Brian write the weekly "Homeroom" column for The Atlantic, where they answer a range of questions from parents looking to support their children in and out of school.

Latest Columns

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Homeroom: How Can I Teach My Kid to Love Reading?

One daughter can’t bear to put her book down. The other only wants to play dress-up.

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Homeroom: My Kid’s Teacher Doesn’t Like Her

I’ve told my daughter that Ms. G is struggling with her own issues in the pandemic. But getting her out the door is still a nightmare.

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Homeroom: How Can I Get My Child to Finish Her Work?

She says she’s “done” when she’s not. And when I try to intervene, it ends in tears.

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Homeroom: You Can Set Screen-Time Rules That Don’t Ruin Your Kids’ Lives

We don’t want our children spending all day on devices—but we don’t want to deprive them of social outlets in the pandemic, either.

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My Child Is Near Tears Every Day

Our son needs structure, but he also needs to unwind. What should we prioritize?


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