One of the fondest memories of my late 1950s and early 1960s rural New England childhood was spending most days each summer roaming and exploring throughout our neighborhood and the surrounding small farms. Our little development of post WWII middle class track homes h.... read more
So much of the joy of summer is the ease of it. Summer days are languid and long; even calling them lazy seems like a compliment, a sign of summertime success. But amid that openness glows a little flicker of possibility. Your preschooler's mind isn't dormant for the middle mo.... read more
Last summer, our Savvy team made a list of 50 things we wanted to do with our kids during our precious days of summer vacation. This year, I thought I would update you on what our family did and didn't manage to do last summer. Go to the beach (X)Have a backyard campout .... read more
How excited are your kids for summer vacation? Mine have been counting down on the calendar, every single day. It's giving my kindergartener excellent practice counting backwards.And how excited are you? I am looking forward to a slower pace, and plenty of time out-of-do.... read more
One of our very favorite books about summertime is Judy Blume's funny and touching Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. It seems amazing that a book published in 1972 could remain so relevant and appealing, but my daughter's third grade class read it this year and loved it.... read more
As glad as we are that you are reading this post, we really want you to go outside. Because unless it's 12 degrees, raining or 4:00 in the morning, there's no reason for you and the kids not to be outside. So bag the laundry; forget the cleaning; turn off the computer. And gr.... read more
Summer is almost here, and with it, those long afternoons just yearning to filled with a good chapter book, either in a cool, shady spot or while we take a rest from swimming at the pool. Or maybe you need a few new books to tuck into your child's bag for your next trip. Whene.... read more
For those of us with children in school, summer means a big change in routine. I heard a mother whose kids have already returned home from college for the summer comment: “They take up so much more room than they used to!” Those of us whose children still go to p.... read more
Each year my girls and a group of their friends look forward to Memorial Day weekend like it's the next big Disney theme park vacation. Only we all go on a camping trip, and the kids look forward to having a blast outside: roaming free around the campground, roasting marshmall.... read more
Your pediatrician may well have warned you that your eighteen-month-old might start showing signs of some pretty vivid dreams. She may not have mentioned, however, that those dreams might swell into full-fledged nightmares over the next few years. Further, she may not have m.... read more
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