When you spend countless hours reading books out loud to your young children, you hope they'll soon grow into avid independent readers. But best intentions and efforts aren't everything. Some kids are just more reluctant readers than others.Often, these are children for .... read more
"To watch children at play is to see the mind in all its uninhibited glory." So said David Wiesner, the acclaimed children's book illustrator and storyteller, in an acceptance speech for the Caldecott Medal. As a child, Wiesner continued, he and his friends "re-created our wor.... read more
Thanksgiving was wonderful and delicious, but Thanksgiving is now in the past. As of today, there’s no avoiding the countdown to the December holidays. The kids can’t wait to open the “1” on their advent calendars, and we parents should also be taking a hard .... read more
There is such a build up to the holidays. As December approaches, we imagine how much fun the season will be ...sugar plum fairies and all. Our heads are flooded with warm memories of the winter holidays from our own childhoods. Then, the day after Halloween it hits: gifts.... read more
You don't need us to tell you that glittering princesses and their associated fairies, prince charmings, and evil foes are among the most common and intense of preschooler passions. And in a challenge to every parent's sense of moderation, those princesses are everywhere. From.... read more
As parents of young children, we have so much to be thankful for. We may not feel thankful every single second, especially during the tired and cranky seconds, but every day with children offers countless small moments of grace. So, this Thanksgiving, let's count at least a fe.... read more
Parents spend a lot of time reminding their children to say please and thank you. “What do you say?” is one those refrains we never thought we’d hear ourselves say…and yet, we say it all the time.But what about the flip side? How often do we remind ourselves to express.... read more
As a child in the early 70s, we had very traditional Thanksgivings at my grandparent's home. My sisters and I would be dressed in homemade matching dresses, in the loudest fabric the decade could provide. My brother wore a suit, as did all the other men, and of course all the .... read more
Halloween’s hedonistic greediness is past (has the candy "gone bad" and disappeared at your house yet?), and the Thanksgiving season is upon us. For those of us with young children who tend to mark the passage of time according to holidays and seasons, this new phase of th.... read more
Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree is one of the many books that our generation has rediscovered upon becoming parents. It's ubiquitous—found in every library, bookstore, and preschool classroom. And yet, rereading it again for the first time in thirty (or so) years can come.... read more
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