It began just after my son's fourth birthday. His best young friend was over for a playdate. As soon as she walked in the door, they both conferred and then chimed, "Can we watch a movie?" I was disappointed that was what they wanted to do together. I wanted them to talk and l.... read more
The national parks of the United States are among this country's greatest treasures. They celebrate the beauty of the land and honor the people and events that have shaped it.Our National Park Service comprises 398 national parks, monuments, preserves, historic sites, and more.... read more
The movies. It's the definite article that distinguishes it from the everyday. The movies, even in your local multiplex, is old Hollywood. A whole different universe from the in-the-den variety of viewing. Your little one may lobby regularly to watch a movie (though he may cal.... read more
Planning a vacation isn't what it used to be. When we were younger and fancy-free, we could go and do, well, whatever we fancied. These days, our vacations are no longer our own. They also belong to our kiddos, and we must plan them accordingly. Vacation is finite and precious.... read more
The prospect of travel elicits so many questions in a young child's mind. Any answers we give to our little ones' endless where, when, how far and how long questions are, however, invariably met with a puzzled face. And then more questions. Questions that really can't be an.... read more
Do you remember the first movie you ever saw? For me, it was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when I was five years old, and it’s something I’ll never forget. I already loved books and stories, as most children do, but this was storytelling on a whole new level.Mo.... read more
Isn't hearing your children laugh the most exquisite sound? There is no polite hand covering mouth to hide the face that is contorted by laughter. It is so genuine and pure. I love it. Now that my kids are getting older, it is amazing to see them understand humor that is more .... read more
When I was little and complained of being bored, my parents and grandparents invariably took the same line: "Only boring people are bored." It was a widespread mantra back then; for proof, see this very funny montage of Mad Men parenting techniques. And while my parents ha.... read more
Remember when all it took to make your baby laugh was to put a diaper on your head (a clean one) when you were changing them? A little raspberry on the belly and a kiss to the toes, and they couldn’t stop giggling and gurgling. These days our little gigglers s.... read more
“You’ve got twenty minutes left until Sarah’s babysitter comes to pick her up,” I call into the other room. The girls have finished with their sticker trading and they are casting about for what to do next. “Twenty minutes: what can we do?” I offer paint.... read more
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