Summer opens up so many new possibilities. Not least of all, it brings a fresh array of babysitting talent to the fore. All those high school and college students at loose ends, looking for jobs, clamoring for the chance to hang out with your kids by the pool all summer and.... read more
Once school is over, how do you make the best of your summer vacations with children? Since kids are officially excused from sitting in a classroom all day, summer is the best time of the year to have some rock-n-rollin' time outside. Here comes the active vacations idea!Three.... read more
Babies like to put every item within reach into their tiny mouths, just to see how they taste and feel. Toddlers enjoy ripping and breaking things, just to see how they are made. Preschoolers ask "why?" on average every fifteen seconds, just to figure out how things work. And .... read more
The day I bought a watercolor set for my girls, they started a nature journal. We stuffed it in their weekend backpacks and wherever we went on hikes, we always stopped somewhere for them to document the landscape or their thoughts on the journal. It was as easy as sit down, g.... read more
Mazes can be traced back to as early as the 5th century BC Egyptians, with early records placing the Egyptian Labyrinth as more fantastical than even the pyramids. We see mazes appear in literature as early as the story of the Greek myth of the Minotaur. Fortunately for u.... read more
When my children were younger (preschool age), the animals at the zoo were some of their favorite friends. Their dad would take them for a visit almost every Sunday afternoon, and they would run gaily from the giraffes to the gorillas to the monkeys to the flamingoes. After a .... read more
The day will come sooner or later—it really can't be avoided: your child will ask for a pet. Then he'll ask again. And again. Then the siblings will chime in. All of a sudden, everyone wants a pet, and that's all anyone talks about. Pretty soon, the requests will be comin.... read more
Housework, ubiquitous housework. The clothes need to get washed, and the toilets need to get scrubbed, and there are the kids, in all of their malleable glory, just yearning to learn a thing or two about the value of hard work. Perhaps, at long last, the time for your kids to .... read more
The house is a mess. You're exhausted and the kids are running all over the house because they have nothing to do. Does it feel like your kids follow you around the house creating messes where you just cleaned one up? It's time for family chores. "The family that clean.... read more
Most of the time, everybody loves an outing. Whether it's a trip to the zoo on a warm, sunny morning, or a romp around the local kids' museum on a wet, gloomy afternoon, getting out, when everybody's up for it, can be an awful lot of fun. But sometimes, as enticing as the .... read more
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