Planning a day out with your favorite young nature explorer but unsure what to pack? If patience could be bottled, you should definitely bring a whole gallon for any hike with preschoolers. However for practical reasons, this list of 11 items are the essentials that ca.... read more
It’s that time of year. Everyone’s asking: Do you have any plans for spring break?Maybe you’ve got an answer. Ski trip, sun trip, visiting friends, travel here or there. And, even better, maybe you don’t. Maybe you are spending the week of spring break doing n.... read more
The national parks of the United States are among this country's greatest treasures. They celebrate the beauty of the land and honor the people and events that have shaped it.Our National Park Service comprises 398 national parks, monuments, preserves, historic sites, and more.... read more
A home that encourages creative thinking and expression would include:1. At least one adult (preferably more) who engages the child with thoughtful interaction and also models wondering about the world and a desire to learn.2. An understanding of the child's unique ways o.... read more
My girls absolutely love making artwork—as in, they make roughly twenty masterpieces each day. And I'm happy to see their creative little minds at work, really I am, but at this rate we'll soon have to move all of the furniture out and turn the house into an art gallery. To .... read more
A young child's imagination is a fascinating thing to witness and an amazing process in which to participate, for those lucky adults so fortunate to be invited! Preschool-aged children have a rich imaginary experience and from their imagination springs forth powerful creativ.... read more
"Mabel, Mabel, if you're able, keep your elbows off the table." That was the chant in my house when we were growing up, the reminder that it wasn't okay to put your elbows on the table. Nor was it okay to use your sleeve to wipe your face, burp out loud, ask rudely for food to.... read more
Every few years we read yet another study confirming how important it is to eat dinner together as a family as often as you can. It renews connections; it enlivens verbal and communication skills; it makes a happy home. But no one—repeat, no one—is happy when food is f.... read more
"You can't come to my birthday party!""You're not my friend!""No!!!!!!!!!!"THUD! However your little ones express themselves during a struggle with their friends or siblings—whether it's one of the older preschool friendship-ending fiats or one of the younger set's yelps a.... read more
Like everything else, a child's artwork is a manifestation of her development at work. And like everything else, that development is not exactly linear. Put another way, the first time your darling slept through the night wasn't the last time you got up in the wee hours. And .... read more
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