If your preschooler is like our preschoolers, then we know that you spend a lot of time reading about, singing about, drawing, and pretending to be animals together. Have you let your little one eat Cheerios off the floor because that's how ponies eat their food? Does your bac.... read more
Do you have a T-Rex at your house? Roaring and stomping about, gnashing his teeth and shaking his head? Or were you blessed with a mild, gentle, even bashful Brontosaurus? Or perhaps you've got a prickly Stegosaurus on your hands? Whichever prehistoric creature your preschoole.... read more
Preschoolers are a passionate lot. Their emotions are intense; their attachments fierce. This is true when it comes to their families, their friends and, not least of all, their play.Parents learn quickly never to get between a toddler and his favorite toy, and maintain a co.... read more
Happiness was the last thing on my mind in October 2009. In fact, it was a foreign concept to me back then. And yet, I never thought that taking a break from my family could lead to me back to my happy place. But a one-bedroom cottage on the coast of North Carolina helped me.... read more
All children know how much to eat: the large child and the small child, the big eater and the small eater. All grow in the often surprising way nature intended. Your child will get hungry, eat, get filled up, and stop eating (even in the middle of a bowl of ice cream). Whether.... read more
Kids, by nature, are happy little beings. They seem to find pleasure in the smallest things -- an empty box, for example, can provide more excitement than the actual toy. A cookie cut in a fun shape is so much yummier than a plain old treat. And a blanket featuring a favorite .... read more
Happiness, they say, is the plaything of children. That may be true, whatever it means, but what is it, then, that makes children happy? You know, so it can be their plaything. Surely their parents, their toys, food and a special blankie or stuffed animal are part of what make.... read more
Over the winter break, we lost our normal routine. Reliable and predictable schedules gave way to a treadmill of unstructured busyness. My family is made up of the sort of people who do better with a plan. While we had plenty of plans over the break, our time was all over th.... read more
I often hear from parents how difficult their mornings are. Getting the kids up, dressed, fed, brushed, (loved!), and out the door to school can really be challenging. It's especially tricky when you, too, are trying to pull yourself together, get ready for your day, whether y.... read more
A child's happiness is a funny thing to quantify or categorize, but it is certainly the end all and be all of what I do. I am a parent. And no matter how many errands I have to run, deadlines I need to meet, to do list that must be checked off, my goal at the end of the day is.... read more
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