There's nothing quite like the holidays for young children. This time of year is thrilling and mysterious, full of comforting rituals and wild excess—treats, toys, relatives, dressing up, parties, up past bedtime—and children are at the center of it all. No matter what you.... read more
When we think of the people to whom we want to give gifts this holiday season, no one is higher on the list than our children’s teachers.Our kids adore them. They nurture and guide our children every day. They work so hard and earn too little. We want to show them our apprec.... read more
Wherever you go, there you are. It's a saying that can be traced back to the late 15th century, and still over half a millennium later, we find truth and meaning in it. As we explore ways to nurture creative thinking in our selves and our children, we realize that it is not ju.... read more
It's the holidays! Time to shop, eat, celebrate with the family, and break out the music! Although this time of year is one of the busiest and most stressful, it is also an excellent occasion to experience the abundance of music that's out there during the holiday sea.... read more
Being required to sit in one spot for hours on end can be a difficult task. Ease that by providing children things to stimulate their brains and bodies. Provide the tools that turn getting to your destination into a creative venture. As you plan your travels, consider packin.... read more
Every year, in mid-November, a friend of mine who lives across the country sends each of my children an Advent calendar. She does this because she knows that otherwise I will forget all about Advent until four or five days into December, at which point the kids will start comp.... 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
Winter is here and with it comes the likelihood of illness due to cold and the seasonal flu. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colds and the flu share similar symptoms. The flu, which affects 35 to 50 million Americans each year, is worse .... read more
If you live in an area of the country where it snows, chances are you spend your winters finding ways to be outside even in the cold, while still enjoying yourself. If you live in a region that offers downhill skiing, then learning to ski is a wonderful gift you can give yours.... read more
Most kids love building sets, but those who are truly into design and take an interest in architecture will get even more enjoyment and learning out of toys that give them a taste of the real thing. Perhaps they want a hands-on sense of how major architectural landmarks are co.... read more
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