Do you agree with Tolstoy's line in Anna Karenina that "all happy families are alike"? With utmost respect to the greatest novelist ever, we're not quite sure that we do. As parents of young children, we are constantly meeting new families, having playdates at each others' h.... read more
What child isn't fascinated with the moon, or twinkling stars and constellations? Or nocturnal owls and bats that take flight at night and fill the dark skies? Nighttime is alluring and mysterious, as there's a whole new world that comes to life when the sun goes down—new si.... read more
Thirteen is the number for October. It's considered unlucky-kids are fascinated by the concept of triskaidekaphobia. But there are also spooky connotations to the number. The Munsters did live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, after all. Let's investigate, analyze, and hopeful.... read more
I'll never forget the time -- the first time, that is -- my daughter told me she hated me. It's irrelevant in that emotional moment whether the hate is real or justified. All you know is that the person you love more than anyone -- the person you loved through the sleep de.... read more
Fall is officially here, and it brings a bushel of new opportunities for scientific observation, discovery and exploration. Here are some ideas to help your kids learn about this amazing time of year. Leaf Observations - Making observations is an important part of the scien.... read more
As every developmental expert you meet will tell you, it is perfectly normal for babies and toddlers to be utterly self-absorbed. Indeed they need to be—they are, after all, struggling just to make their own basic needs known. It is only in the preschool years that young c.... read more
You probably don't have to try very hard to convince your kids that science rocks. The discovery and wonder and fun of it is irresistible to kids. With these experiments, your kids can see science rock in a new way...with rocks!Fizzy RocksFor this experiment, you'll need a.... read more
Is it just us, or does food taste better in the fall? Crisp, sweet, tart apples, warm and spicy pumpkins, not to mention all of those Halloween sweets. Take advantage of the delicious offerings of the season with these ideas for cooking with your kids. .... read more
Parents often urge their kids to "be nice" or "be kind" to others. And young children frequently display spontaneous thoughtfulness and empathy.But general tendencies and general exhortations are just too...general.Young children learn best when given concrete, specific exa.... read more
Parents who send their kids off to preschool and kindergarten often hear surprising things when they come home. For starters, kids are acquiring a whole new "lingo," phrases and sayings that help create a set of shared behaviors and customs in the classroom. One of the funnies.... read more
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