A while back, over the summer (remember summer?), we wrote a review of our favorite picture book mysteries for the preschool crowd. Those books are fantastic, don't get us wrong, but it's hard to develop a complex mystery plot with a picture on every other page. So if your p.... read more
Becoming a parent throws a person right into the deep end, over and over. It starts with caring for a newborn, and we think it can't get any more daunting than that. But then, a few years down the line, you may find yourself coaching a sport you've never played, or, goodness f.... read more
Books. It's what overflows our shelves and what binds our characteristics to our imaginations—from childhood to adulthood. What makes them so valuable? Well, for starters, books are timeless. They grow with us. And if we're lucky, we pass these (in good condition) down to fu.... read more
The pumpkins are plumping, there's a crispness to the air, and there's no denying that glorious autumn is back for another golden snuggle. And though there are few things that we love more about fall than cozying up with a mugful of cider by the fire, we're also quite fond of .... read more
Children are born with a thirst for stories. An unquenchable thirst, it often seems. "Tell us a story, tell us a story" is the most common of refrains any parent will hear. Kids love all kinds of stories in all different forms: books, movies, made-up tales at bedtime, stories .... read more
My girls have a nonsense theory that leaves change colors in the fall because goblins send dots of colors from rainbows on trees when it rains. Hence the magnificent color displays in New England or other parts of the country where autumn is a feast for the eyes. However the s.... read more
When days are getting shorter and you need a sweater in the morning, forests turn crimson red, chestnut brown and golden yellow. It's time to plan a family trip to your favorite spot! While fall foliage in New England takes the cake in terms of spectacular displays, fall colo.... read more
Greetings to fall! We're so glad to see you again. And now that we're over the back-to-school hump, we are ready to welcome you with open arms. The little kids especially can't wait for you to start turning the trees from green to red, orange, yellow and brown. They are .... read more
Most young children can't get enough of making art, and we're very happy to oblige them by keeping the house stocked with paints and crayons, pencils, markers and all other manner of art supplies. And the paper! We've got mountains of it: construction paper, waterco.... read more
Last year, on Columbus Day weekend, a motley group of our extended family gathered an hour north of the city, on a steep bank above the Hudson River. We were going for a hike. Our crew included four adults and five children in the six- to eleven-year-old range. The trail wa.... read more
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