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
It's never too early to encourage children to be creative thinkers, and storytelling is a great place to start. Reading stories to your child is great, but telling stories to your kids and bringing them in on the process is even more creative, interactive, and fun. Ask them.... read more
September's return to school has a way of sweeping families up in its path and depositing them in the midst of a highly scheduled, often hectic way of life. Just a few weeks ago, summer freedom was ours. How could we lose it so quickly?While the whole world's focus has shifted.... 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
Kids are very good at saying no. Or rather, "NOOOOOO." And "No, No, No, No, No!!!!!!!" We don't like it when their no's are directed at us (which is 90% of the time). We don't like it one bit. And yet, perhaps we can learn something from our children's vigorous objections. .... read more
Elementary school is a time of tremendous growth and learning. Just think of the transformation that takes place between the first day of kindergarten and the last day of fifth grade. We barely recognize these kids! Looks and height are the least of it. They've become.... read more
The Olympians series by George O'ConnorReviewed by Ashley O'NeillAt this point in my children's reading lives, I feel like we have accumulated every mythology book out there. We have the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series (and all the companion books, too), D'Aulaires .... read more
Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable and persistent traits, and something I battle with—largely unsuccessfully—every day. For me, anger is the most tempting of th.... read more
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