We must all be having the same daily dialogue with our preschoolers by now: "Is it Christmas yet?" Not yet, my darling. "Will it be Christmas tomorrow?" No, sweetie pie, not tomorrow. "When? When will it Christmas?" Soon. Very soon! And so it will be.Perhaps a.... read more
It's finally, finally, almost the morning your kids have been waiting 365 days for. The last thing you want is for anything to come between your kids and the memories that are waiting under the tree. Here are a few things you can do before the wrapping paper starts flying to m.... read more
There are so many good reasons to give homemade gifts this holiday season. Here are just a few: We're all looking for ways to save a bit where we can.Preschoolers enjoy making things to give to friends and family, and working on gifts is a great way to occupy winter afternoons.... read more
December 21st, the first day of winter, is the shortest day of the year. It marks the return of the light leading towards longer, warmer days, and is one of the most wonderful times to celebrate the natural rhythms of the earth with children. And there are numerous fun ways to.... read more
We are looking forward to being on break with the kids, aren't you? No alarm clocks, no rousting slumbering children from their beds (which goes contrary to our every instinct) in order to catch the school bus. No big hurry to get everyone presentable in the morning, no shovel.... read more
Sometimes in all the rushing around, we forget to slow down and enjoy the moments. Shopping together takes the place of sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows. Hopping from party to party supplants taking the time to walk around and sing carols to your neighbors. It's h.... read more
It's probably true for most of us that the month of December has special significance and meaning. Each of us has our own often emotion-laden memories of whatever traditions we grew up with: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice or some hybrid of the four. When I .... read more
No one experiences the pre-holiday shopping frenzy quite like the parents of young children. We remember the joy and excitement of our own childhood holidays, and we want to give our kids that same thrill. At the same time, we're also aware that our children's accrual of more .... read more
Winter break is upon most families, and while the break as a whole will fly by, some days may feel more like a week. What do you do with your children when the weather is cold and their energy is high? Everyday can't be a field trip, but something fun can happen every day, .... read more
It is a good time to be a reader of children's books. Young readers are no longer left to choose books that are the literary equivalent of watching paint dry ("See the dog? The dog can jump." Yawn.) Picture books today have exciting plots, hilarious characters, and illustratio.... read more
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