Which of your kids do you like the most? I know, you think you can’t answer that question without doing irreparable damage to the unfavored. Well, don’t worry about it. As NPR’s Nancy Shute explains, what matters is not how parents actually treat the children, but how the kids perceive it.”

+ Some researchers are wondering why girls get better grades across every subject. (Let’s just hope some of those researchers are women…)

+ My son’s third grade teacher asked all his students to write a letter to their parents. As you can see, we run a pretty formal household.