All this week, we are taking a look at some of our favorite articles from the past year. This one originally ran in April 2011. Enjoy! My two girls are builders, engineers, mechanics, architects... How about your kids?In my experience kids love to figure out ways to put .... read more
Hi, it's me, that mom, the one who sent you and the rest of the parents from class an invitation to a summer planning Google calendar.I know what you're thinking of me: I'm some uber-organized Wonder Woman mom who always has the perfectly structured summer. HA! Polar opposite,.... read more
Health is an important issue to all parents: we want our kids to be healthy. But we also all know that we can't always be there making the choices for our kids; we have to enable them to succeed in making healthy choices on their own. And if your kids are anything like my kids.... read more
"What were you thinking, having two kids at the same time right before Christmas!" an acquaintance laughingly said to me as I zipped around last week from work to school to present shopping to birthday cake ordering to party supply shopping and so on. "I was thinking, what a .... read more
I'll never forget the time -- the first time, that is -- my daughter told me she hated me. It's irrelevant in that emotional moment whether the hate is real or justified. All you know is that the person you love more than anyone -- the person you loved through the sleep de.... read more
Even though they are totally different ages and stages, both of my kids love the PBS kids TV show Martha Speaks, based on the popular book series by Susan Meddaugh. And I do, too. It builds vocabulary, comprehension, and spelling all while entertaining. It even offers a p.... read more
"I don't know how you do it!" How many times has someone said this to you? To me, often. In times past, I'd swallow back the sense of being somehow set aside as outside the normal, in a way that brings up that angsty teen feeling of being on display, and the implied criti.... read more
When I first became a parent, it was after years of trying to get pregnant and many medical procedures that cost a lot of money (although luckily we lived in Massachusetts so...insurance). Instead of focusing on becoming parents, we focused on becoming pregnant, and I know all.... read more
Recently, I've begun sharing pieces of my childhood -- no, more accurately, stories of my growing up -- with my kids. When my children, now 8 and 5, were very small, they loved to look at their baby books and hear stories of themselves as a baby and toddler, years that were mo.... read more
Is your family working to go a little green? Are you on a shoestring budget and trying to keep spending low and kid entertainment high? Both? Yeah that's us too! That's a huge reason why we began making arts and crafts from stuff in our recycling bin.I wish I could lay cla.... read more
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