"Never tilt your chair back on two legs." "Never bother a dog while it's eating." "Never put anything in your ear." These are just a few of the safety tips that Office Buckle does his best to impart to the children of the fictional town of Napville in Peggy Rathmann's Ca.... read more
A lot of dreams go into parenting. There are dreams about our kids and what they may become, of course. But there are also dreams about ourselves as parents. Whatever the reality of the day to day, most of us harbor a vision of ideal parenting to which we aspire. Beyo.... read more
School starts for my kids on Monday, and I am dreading being back on the school year schedule. The mornings are hectic, the after-school hours are hectic, and bedtime feels like a dash to the finish line. This past school year was when my kids' after-school activity schedules .... read more
It's only natural that children receive the lion share of attention when it comes to back to school preparations. Goodness knows there is much to consider as we ready our little ones for the long days of learning that lie ahead (and the long nights of homework, too.) There are.... read more
The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim TobinReviewed by Ashley YoungMichael collects words. He gathers juicy, wonderful words from all sorts of places like billboards and television and school. Then, while riding the school bus one day, Michael picks up a word he has never heard .... read more
Though it is true that glorious summer is nearly over, it is also true, at least for many of us, that our current situation can best be described as hot, poor, and maybe even a little uninspired. With bank accounts drained from vacations and from weeks and weeks of spontaneous.... read more
Summer's passing all too quickly. It goes so fast that we sometimes forget to make time for classic, staple summer activities with our kids. Well, it's not too late yet. In these last weeks before school and real life set in, here are a few favorites we want to be sure to enj.... read more
One of the consolations of this end of summer, beginning of fall (and school) season is that, in many places, we are entering the full abundance of local harvests. If you've been going to the farmers' market since early summer, then you will be aware of the change: few.... read more
Ballet. Reading enrichment. Soccer. Gymnastics. Hockey. Baseball. Book clubs for kids. Music lessons. Art class. Special interest groups.The list of extracurricular school activities and after-school activities for kids is seemingly endless. In a world that seems so competitiv.... read more
It will be here before you know it: the first day of school. How did our babbling babies get to be kids who can tote backpacks across school doorsteps?If the idea of your darling starting elementary school has left you feeling disoriented, like you're in a crazy time warp .... read more
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