Leaves are everywhere! That means freely available, beautiful materials for making seasonal crafts and decorations with the children. Even if you are not the crafty type, there is something irresistible about all of the red and yellow-tinged leaves floating down from the trees.... read more
More and more, it seems, there are so many different kinds of activities and classes geared to the little ones. Deciding which ones to try and which to pass on sometimes gets confusing. There are all the wonderful music classes that encourage you to bring your baby before he c.... read more
Life is changing, always. Never is this truer than during the month of September. For kids, it's back-to-school time, with all of the adjustments that brings. It's exciting and scary, all at the same time.But what about for parents? Especially parents who have been all-out,.... read more
We all know how demanding parenting can be. We get so busy making it through our day-to-day routines that it can often be difficult to step back and think through some of the larger questions about how we hope to bring up our children.Today, we are taking a moment t.... read more
My three-year-old hates being told "No" and "Don't," and she's also one of those kids who immediately does exactly what you ask her not to do, so I've had to develop some strategies to get the "No" message across without unleashing the very behavior I want to stop. I realize.... read more
I've spent the past four years studying the state of motherhood in America, and I've interviewed far too many moms who use the word "stressed" to describe their parenting style. Stressed? As a parenting approach? Ladies, I feel your pain. I know what it is like to try to c.... read more
Gretchen Rubin is one of our very favorite experts on living life and making the most of what we have-in other words, on being the kind of parents that we really want to be. So we started thinking: how can we apply her Tips for Being Happier specifically to life with small .... read more
Do you ever find yourself shocked to hear your child say something that is just what you would say? Or equally strange, just what your spouse would say? We know that kids learn by imitation, but it is still no less disconcerting to hear our own words and attitudes comings stra.... read more
Meeting with your child's preschool teacher during the fall parent-teacher conferences is a valuable opportunity. Be sure to make the most of it by thinking in advance about what kinds of questions you want to ask. Here are ten suggestions.... Let us know what other question.... read more
September can be a rocky time for families. No matter how well we try to prepare for the school year, re-entry is always tricky. There are all of those beginning-of-the-year meetings and get-togethers, and everyone is adjusting to new environments, schedules and routines.... read more
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