Summer's passing all too quickly. It goes so fast that we sometimes forget to make time for classic, staple summer activities with our kids. Well, it's not too late yet. In these last weeks before school and real life set in, here are a few favorites we want to be sure to enj.... read more
One of the consolations of this end of summer, beginning of fall (and school) season is that, in many places, we are entering the full abundance of local harvests. If you've been going to the farmers' market since early summer, then you will be aware of the change: few.... read more
Ballet. Reading enrichment. Soccer. Gymnastics. Hockey. Baseball. Book clubs for kids. Music lessons. Art class. Special interest groups.The list of extracurricular school activities and after-school activities for kids is seemingly endless. In a world that seems so competitiv.... read more
It will be here before you know it: the first day of school. How did our babbling babies get to be kids who can tote backpacks across school doorsteps?If the idea of your darling starting elementary school has left you feeling disoriented, like you're in a crazy time warp .... read more
Aah, back to school. Time to bid farewell to the steamy days of summer and all that may have come with it-building sand castles, wild sprints to the ice cream truck, chasing lightning bugs, and just finding a little time to let go and relax. Summer is all about trading in .... read more
A funny thing happened a few weeks into my younger daughter's kindergarten year. A group of classmates and parents all went to the park one day after school, and I began talking with one of the other moms on a park bench. When I looked up to check on my daughter, I did not.... read more
Getting back into the school mindset after a summer of running around outside has got to be one of the most jarring things we put our kids through every year. This morning, I asked our six-year-old cousin if he was looking forward to first grade. He answered "yes!" but then .... read more
Summertime, and the livin' is easy... As much as we all cherish the carefree days of summer, by the time the September approaches, children are usually ready for the school year to begin. While summer brings a whole different kind of living-less pressure, fewer "have-to's,.... read more
Perhaps your little one is gearing up for his very first day of school ever. Perhaps she is returning for a final pre-K year before making the leap to elementary school. Or perhaps you're already there. Perhaps he is nervous. Perhaps he doesn't even know to be a bit ne.... read more
The beginning of the school year is fast approaching, and the kids are not the only ones with butterflies in their stomachs. Parents are nervous too. There, I admitted it.Is there a way to make it better? Is there a way to make heading back to "real life" something we loo.... read more
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