When a parent describes her child as "shy," I usually ask, "So what were you like when you were growing up." 99% of the time, the parent, almost sheepishly, describes herself or the child's father as having been some form shy (painfully shy, horribly shy, debilitatingly shy,.... 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
The latch turns. The door shuts. Backpacks and jackets are flung to the floor. And then quickly picked up and put in their right places (yes?). Everyone's home. Oof. Since when did our kids start having such long days? Ever since they went to preschool, that's when. And .... read more
Sending our children off to their first years of school is a big step. Whether it's preschool or Kindergarten, we can hardly bear to watch them take those small steps into the classroom, and see the door shut behind them as we stand on the other side. Little do we know .... read more
When parents select a school for their child, it's the beginning of a very important partnership between the school and family. Just like any partnership the success depends on a number of factors including the establishment of a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Once yo.... read more
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
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