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A child in the family means lots of big changes. There are education decisions to be made, playdates to host, new skills to learn, and lots and lots of books to read. Join us as we take a look at the everyday moments of parenting and the once-a-year celebrations, the big picture of childhood and the small details that aren't to be missed.

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  • Counterfeit Permission

    Ellyn Satter

    In FMF # 26, I summarized the principles of ecSatter by telling you that the common themes in all four parts of ecSatter are permission and discipline: the permission to choose food you enjoy and eat it in amounts you find satisfying, and the discipline to provide yourself wit.... read more

  • Holiday Parties, Preschool-Style

    Eliza Clark

    Have you been reckless enough to invite a bunch of preschoolers over to your house for a holiday get-together? Or did you impulsively volunteer to organize your preschool's December party? In case the prospect is sending you into a slight panic, Being Savvy has a few tried and.... read more

  • Promises Kept

    Zarlacht Atiqzoy

      My mother is a very wise woman, and has often told me to "never plan ahead more than a week -- things change." And she was right. When we returned from our very first family beach vacation last year, my daughter (then 2) asked me if we could go back again. I looked.... read more

  • Even More Fun with Two of Our Favorite Authors

    Zarlacht Atiqzoy - The Delights of Reading » Our Favorite Series

    Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABCCan you balance your ear on a drum while your feet stand on a kite and a wagon? Sound crazy? Expect nothing less from Dr. Seuss, and his infamous Thing 1 and Thing 2 characters that continuously find imaginatively fun ways to spend time indoors. .... read more

  • In Motion

    Eliza Clark

      We've been in motion all year, with few moments to rest. Moving across country, starting new schools, packing boxes, unpacking, driving, visiting, saying goodbye, and saying hello. The children are in a constant whirl of motion themselves. Their bodies need to move.... read more

  • Creating Traditions Together

    Crystal Ritchie

       My son Jack was approaching three years old this year when Easter came around. Jack's stepdad David was very excited to introduce us to his favorite childhood tradition -- painting eggs. We had so much fun being creative together and this picture will always.... read more

  • A Lesson in Determination, Patience -- and Wiggling

    bonggamom

     Photo by ErinLeigh Photography This summer I was given a 4-wheel inline casterboard, the Shred Sled, for my kids to try out.   When it arrived, my husband and I took turns stepping on -- and promptly stepped off.  Too unstable, we said.  Too risky.  We'll all get h.... read more

  • Wide Open Spaces

    Ashley O'Neill

       My daughter loves horses, and this year we decided to take the big plunge for horsemanship lessons. Once a week, I drive 15 miles south of town so that she can ride.  At first, it seemed like such a hassle: it's Friday afternoon, everyone is tired, and there.... read more

  • Congratulations to Our Shutterfly Winner!

    Speaking of Snapshots of 2009, we have a winner in our very big, very generous Shutterfly giveway.  Congratulations to Lisa G.  Random.org chose her as the giveaway winner, and we love her photo book.  Here's one of her favorite snapshots from this year....   And because w.... read more

  • On My Own

    Kelly Leahy

       We met up with my father for a weekend in Grayton Beach, Florida. It was too short as the girls don't see nearly enough of their grandparents, but we packed it full of fun. We spent our last day on the beach digging in the sand, and that's where I took this p.... read more

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