One of the most beautiful things about childhood is the endless possibility. As adults, we tend to stick to what we know. Kids just don't know how to limit themselves in this way. It doesn't occur to them that never having done something means that they can't cook or knit or p.... read more
It's a funny thing about reading stories to small children. With a cozy, blanket-clutching child firmly ensconced on your lap (next to you is not close enough—he must be on the lap, you read stories in which a small child (or animal proxy) ventures forth on exciting ques.... read more
We tend to associate children with make-believe, fantasy, and imagination. And yet, these lovers of nonsense rhymes and fairy tales are also hard-nosed realists in their own way.As they grow into active and inquisitive listeners, our young kids start wanting to separa.... read more
It's a curious thing about having a self-reliant child: You love that he can take care of himself, and you hate that he doesn't need you. Having a child who doesn't require your attention 24/7 might sound pretty darn good to the parent whose child doesn't give her a moment.... read more
Super Bowl XLIX is this Sunday, and history tells us that more than 100 million people will tune in to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots. We think it's a good bet that your family will be watching, too. Below are a few suggestions for making your Supe.... read more
Best way to kick the winter blues? Head to the beach and forget about the season. Yes, it's cold outside, but the ocean in winter has a certain soothing quality that leaves you fully relaxed and recharged. If you are lucky to live near a coast, there's certainly a beach near y.... read more
This year, as we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our thoughts turn not only to the great civil rights leader, but also to his South African counterpart, Nelson Mandela. His death in 2013 introduced many of our children to Mandela and his legacy, and this week seems a fi.... read more
I've always envied people who live in rugged states like Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming—wide open spaces where you really get a sense of the great outdoors, and all of the wildlife that comes with it. I've lived in Texas my whole life and have always longed to feel more of .... read more
Unless you live in New York or San Francisco, the neighborhood that you live in probably looks similar to most other neighborhoods: houses with front lawns and backyards and sidewalks and trees. It's lovely, don't get me wrong. But sometimes our city kids want to know what it'.... read more
As children grow, they start to open their eyes to the larger world beyond their family and school. And when they do, it creates an opportunity for us to see things in a new way, too—to take a moment to think about all of those in our community who make our lives easier .... read more
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