Something happens to my kids’ bedtime over the summer: it drifts. What was once a rock-solid schedule becomes instead a moving target. Friends are visiting? Okay, stay up late to enjoy their company. A family reunion happening? Parents are too busy catching up with long lost.... read more
You have decided to create a family tree with and for your kids. Now what? Where do you start? It may be tempting to just start typing names into an internet search to see what you get. We suggest a different approach: your public library.Many libraries have a genealogy depart.... read more
In our family, summertime is cousin time. Not just first cousins, but second and third cousins too, once- or twice-removed cousins, great-aunts and uncles, not to mention all of the step- and half- and by marriage relatives of various stripes knocking around. It all gets a bit.... read more
The glorious days of summer are whizzing by too fast, and the start of school is sneaking up on us in a very sneaky way! And while we're all too happy to remain in denial as long as possible about the start of the school year, our little ones probably won't take well to be.... read more
In this end-of-summer season, there are plenty of parents out there who are inwardly sighing at the idea of all the logistical juggling that the school year is about to foist upon them. We can already envision the stress of needing to be in two places at the same tim.... read more
When we set out in search of a preschool for our little ones, we look for a place where they will be happy, for an environment conducive to fun and learning and friendship. We look for a strong community of families, and for teachers who have plenty of experience and creativi.... read more
Perhaps your little one has just started preschool, or maybe this is an event you are planning for next year or the following, or perhaps your child is already settled in preschool. Whatever your circumstances, starting preschool for any child, whether for a few hours each.... read more
The tough part of separating from parents is serious business (see The Kissing Hand if you need to dive right into the heavy stuff), but the truth is that for many kids, a wonderful preschool is amazingly fun and actually quite easy to jump right into. (It seems to alwa.... read more
Our family has spent many summers in the same corner of Maine, and every time we come here, we look for something new. We are always finding heretofore unknown (to us) paths through the woods to hike or picnic spots to enjoy. And along with new aspects of the landscape, we are.... read more
This week we're been writing about the chances summer affords to slow down and savor the places and people we love best. Returning year after year to the same summer traditions is a treasured way of life for many families. So is taking the time to enjoy one's own backyard.But .... read more
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