Some kids are born readers; they devour books as fast as the library can stock the shelves. Others need a little coaxing. No matter which type of reader you have at home, magazines are an excellent way to get kids reading. For a voracious reader, magazines are full of stories .... read more
I once heard about a man who read the entire Oxford English Dictionary, all twenty volumes of it, from cover to cover. It took him twelve months to do so. When asked why, the man said that knowing the exact, if obscure, words for things made his experience of the world riche.... read more
No two words can make a parent's blood run cold quite as quickly as "I'm bored." That's especially true when those words are spoken before you've even finished your morning coffee. To help you deal, we've pulled together five easy, fun ways for you to respond when your kids dr.... read more
One of the most beautiful things about childhood is the endless possibility. As adults, we tend to stick to what we know. Kids just don't know how to limit themselves in this way. It doesn't occur to them that never having done something means that they can't cook or knit or p.... read more
It's a funny thing about reading stories to small children. With a cozy, blanket-clutching child firmly ensconced on your lap (next to you is not close enough—he must be on the lap, you read stories in which a small child (or animal proxy) ventures forth on exciting ques.... read more
We tend to associate children with make-believe, fantasy, and imagination. And yet, these lovers of nonsense rhymes and fairy tales are also hard-nosed realists in their own way.As they grow into active and inquisitive listeners, our young kids start wanting to separa.... read more
It's a curious thing about having a self-reliant child: You love that he can take care of himself, and you hate that he doesn't need you. Having a child who doesn't require your attention 24/7 might sound pretty darn good to the parent whose child doesn't give her a moment.... read more
Super Bowl XLIX is this Sunday, and history tells us that more than 100 million people will tune in to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots. We think it's a good bet that your family will be watching, too. Below are a few suggestions for making your Supe.... read more
Best way to kick the winter blues? Head to the beach and forget about the season. Yes, it's cold outside, but the ocean in winter has a certain soothing quality that leaves you fully relaxed and recharged. If you are lucky to live near a coast, there's certainly a beach near y.... read more
This year, as we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our thoughts turn not only to the great civil rights leader, but also to his South African counterpart, Nelson Mandela. His death in 2013 introduced many of our children to Mandela and his legacy, and this week seems a fi.... read more
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