It's never too early to encourage children to be creative thinkers, and storytelling is a great place to start. Reading stories to your child is great, but telling stories to your kids and bringing them in on the process is even more creative, interactive, and fun. Ask them.... read more
September's return to school has a way of sweeping families up in its path and depositing them in the midst of a highly scheduled, often hectic way of life. Just a few weeks ago, summer freedom was ours. How could we lose it so quickly?While the whole world's focus has shifted.... read more
My three-year-old hates being told "No" and "Don't," and she's also one of those kids who immediately does exactly what you ask her not to do, so I've had to develop some strategies to get the "No" message across without unleashing the very behavior I want to stop. I realize.... read more
Kids are very good at saying no. Or rather, "NOOOOOO." And "No, No, No, No, No!!!!!!!" We don't like it when their no's are directed at us (which is 90% of the time). We don't like it one bit. And yet, perhaps we can learn something from our children's vigorous objections. .... read more
Elementary school is a time of tremendous growth and learning. Just think of the transformation that takes place between the first day of kindergarten and the last day of fifth grade. We barely recognize these kids! Looks and height are the least of it. They've become.... read more
The Olympians series by George O'ConnorReviewed by Ashley O'NeillAt this point in my children's reading lives, I feel like we have accumulated every mythology book out there. We have the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series (and all the companion books, too), D'Aulaires .... read more
Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable and persistent traits, and something I battle with—largely unsuccessfully—every day. For me, anger is the most tempting of th.... read more
As soon as my girls started watching feature films, my husband and I decided to create a family tradition that would get us all together around a favorite movie. Thus was born movie night. Every week, the girls would look forward to the one night in the week when they'd be all.... read more
It's so hard for parents to keep the balls moving, isn't it? It used to be that being a "juggler" with modest ability was sufficient; but now, it seems as if the balls must be juggled at a break-neck speed (indeed!) or life will come crashing down all around us. No wonder our .... read more
When parents select a school for their child, it's the beginning of a very important partnership between the school and family. Just like any partnership the success depends on a number of factors including the establishment of a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Once yo.... read more
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