From Art is Life; Life is Art in May 2008The best way to be more artful about your art-filled life (and your life-filled art) is, of course, to grab a kiddo and a crayon and have at it. Sometimes we spend too much time plotting and planning and too little time doing. But we .... read more
Eating well is a joy. In truth, eating good food is a joy. Eating with your family is a joy. Eating well is a lifelong joy. So, where's the joy at your family's dinner table? Woefully missing, all too often. A parent serves up a meal with sides of guilt, hope, and regret. A ch.... read more
If you are the parent of a child under the age of six, you don't need anyone to tell you about the significance of naps. They are simply crucial to the well-being of the entire family. Naptime is precious time in the non-stop days of parents and care-givers -- time to tidy up.... read more
There are parenting books we need in order to get through defined moments of child development, like sleep training a baby or potty training a toddler. We cling to those books in our time of need, but when the moment has passed, we are more than happy to hand them down to a n.... read more
It is often said that "the world is a classroom" and that is true for no one more than for young children. Before the school years begin, they learn, for the most part, just by taking it all in: touching, tasting and smelling, listening, and above all, looking. No one unders.... read more
Sit-down snacks are the ace in the hole of beleaguered parents and, in fact, of anyone who eats! Consider this scenario: Your child gets down from the table having eaten little or nothing. He is back 5 minutes later, wanting a cookie. Or this one: He has eaten well, but happen.... read more
What is stumping you today? If you are a parent of young children, there's probably something. Non-existent naps? Squabbling siblings? Finicky eaters? And those are just a few of the most common dilemmas of the preschool years. Every family is also bound to have their very own.... read more
Environmental stewardship isn't an all-or-nothing deal. Every little change is helpful to the environment and can have surprising benefits in other areas of life. Enlisting your children in that effort will not only teach them about having consideration for everything around t.... read more
When you were a little kid I'm sure you heard the adage, "It's better to give than to receive" at least once. Generally this was heard around the holidays, when a lot of giving -- and getting -- was going on. It was occasionally heard at birthdays and even ever-so-frequently a.... read more
Anyone with young children will tell you that empathy is a skill that has to be learned. As parents we are challenged with the task of raising kind and charitable offspring. When your two-year-old is beating her older brother about the head with the shovel, this may not seem p.... read more
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