The movies. It's the definite article that distinguishes it from the everyday. The movies, even in your local multiplex, is old Hollywood. A whole different universe from the in-the-den variety of viewing. Your little one may lobby regularly to watch a movie (though he may cal.... read more
Planning a vacation isn't what it used to be. When we were younger and fancy-free, we could go and do, well, whatever we fancied. These days, our vacations are no longer our own. They also belong to our kiddos, and we must plan them accordingly. Vacation is finite and precious.... read more
Isn't hearing your children laugh the most exquisite sound? There is no polite hand covering mouth to hide the face that is contorted by laughter. It is so genuine and pure. I love it. Now that my kids are getting older, it is amazing to see them understand humor that is more .... read more
When I was little and complained of being bored, my parents and grandparents invariably took the same line: "Only boring people are bored." It was a widespread mantra back then; for proof, see this very funny montage of Mad Men parenting techniques. And while my parents ha.... read more
Remember when all it took to make your baby laugh was to put a diaper on your head (a clean one) when you were changing them? A little raspberry on the belly and a kiss to the toes, and they couldn’t stop giggling and gurgling. These days our little gigglers s.... read more
“You’ve got twenty minutes left until Sarah’s babysitter comes to pick her up,” I call into the other room. The girls have finished with their sticker trading and they are casting about for what to do next. “Twenty minutes: what can we do?” I offer paint.... read more
I will never, ever, ever tire of indulging myself with Gyo Fukikawa's illustrations. Her characters and books are such instant sight memories for my childhood. The multicultural kids with their tiny dot eyes and adorable round faces. The little overalls and outfits and animals.... read more
Since its creation in 1970, Earth Day has become an incredible incentive to take action and do something for our planet. It's so popular it's part of our kids' lives as much as any major holiday. Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, but to make the most of it, jumps.... read more
For anyone who's ever spent much time with a two-year-old, the term "terrible twos" doesn't require a lot of explanation. At some point right around a child's twenty-fourth month a dramatic and often challenging transformation occurs. From a placid, typically compliant, sweet .... read more
Did you know Earth Day is now celebrated in over 175 countries and is the third largest celebrated holiday in many of our nation's schools? Although we can and should be celebrating the Earth every day of the year, taking the time to do it ceremoniously and with great intent.... read more
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