For anyone who's ever spent much time with a two-year-old, the term "terrible twos" doesn't require a lot of explanation. At some point right around a child's twenty-fourth month a dramatic and often challenging transformation occurs. From a placid, typically compliant, sweet .... read more
Did you know Earth Day is now celebrated in over 175 countries and is the third largest celebrated holiday in many of our nation's schools? Although we can and should be celebrating the Earth every day of the year, taking the time to do it ceremoniously and with great intent.... read more
Do your kids love dirt and worms? Are you looking for an eco-friendly family project to celebrate Earth Day? I have the perfect idea for you. Try vermicomposting with your kids. Vermicomposting is the process of using worms to eat your kitchen garbage and turn it into nutrie.... read more
Parents and schools are often looking for ways to get children involved in service projects that will broaden their understanding of the world and help out a good cause at the same time. In the process, we face this question: what can a kid do to make a difference?It turns out.... read more
Isn't hearing your children laugh the most exquisite sound? There is no polite hand covering mouth to hide the face that is contorted by laughter. It is so genuine and pure. I love it. Now that my kids are getting older, it is amazing to see them understand humor that is more .... read more
When I was little and complained of being bored, my parents and grandparents invariably took the same line: "Only boring people are bored." It was a widespread mantra back then; for proof, see this very funny montage of Mad Men parenting techniques. And while my parents ha.... read more
Remember when all it took to make your baby laugh was to put a diaper on your head (a clean one) when you were changing them? A little raspberry on the belly and a kiss to the toes, and they couldn’t stop giggling and gurgling. These days our little gigglers s.... read more
“You’ve got twenty minutes left until Sarah’s babysitter comes to pick her up,” I call into the other room. The girls have finished with their sticker trading and they are casting about for what to do next. “Twenty minutes: what can we do?” I offer paint.... read more
One of the easiest ways to inspire your child to read is to take her to the local library. Libraries provide books and programs for children as young as six months old, so it can be the starting point for a lifetime of learning. Almost all libraries provide at least a shelf or.... read more
Make every day Earth Day. What does that mean for your family? It may mean you recycle, drive a hybrid car, have a compost, or participate in local cleanups. But you may not be "closing the loop.""Closing the loop" means that you are making a conscious choice to buy products m.... read more
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