When I was a kid, we had a small plot in the back of our house, just big enough to grow a few various and sundry things in. I don't really remember what we grew, but I remember having it. As I got older I began to take part in the activities of gardening. Like many families.... read more
We are a huge musical family. We just love peppering conversation with songs or singing on the road. The sillier, the better, and off-key is fine for the less musical-minded in our family. Of all the places we like to sing, our favorite place is on the trail because we're usua.... read more
Hiking can be an amazing experience, exposing you to wilderness and scenery that is astonishingly beautiful and giving you a chance to experience nature beyond the sidewalk and car window. If you think of it as a pre-parenting activity, or something to do when a babysitter com.... read more
Planning a day out with your favorite young nature explorer but unsure what to pack? If patience could be bottled, you should definitely bring a whole gallon for any hike with preschoolers. However for practical reasons, this list of 11 items are the essentials that ca.... read more
It’s that time of year. Everyone’s asking: Do you have any plans for spring break?Maybe you’ve got an answer. Ski trip, sun trip, visiting friends, travel here or there. And, even better, maybe you don’t. Maybe you are spending the week of spring break doing n.... read more
The national parks of the United States are among this country's greatest treasures. They celebrate the beauty of the land and honor the people and events that have shaped it.Our National Park Service comprises 398 national parks, monuments, preserves, historic sites, and more.... read more
A home that encourages creative thinking and expression would include:1. At least one adult (preferably more) who engages the child with thoughtful interaction and also models wondering about the world and a desire to learn.2. An understanding of the child's unique ways o.... read more
My girls absolutely love making artwork—as in, they make roughly twenty masterpieces each day. And I'm happy to see their creative little minds at work, really I am, but at this rate we'll soon have to move all of the furniture out and turn the house into an art gallery. To .... read more
A young child's imagination is a fascinating thing to witness and an amazing process in which to participate, for those lucky adults so fortunate to be invited! Preschool-aged children have a rich imaginary experience and from their imagination springs forth powerful creativ.... read more
"Mabel, Mabel, if you're able, keep your elbows off the table." That was the chant in my house when we were growing up, the reminder that it wasn't okay to put your elbows on the table. Nor was it okay to use your sleeve to wipe your face, burp out loud, ask rudely for food to.... read more
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