He might call them fireflies. He might call them lightning bugs, though in truth he says it more like "lightin' bugs." He might have run around filling a jar with them just last evening. He might have never, ever seen a real one. But no matter, all kids love fireflies. Lightni.... read more
We love reading with our little ones at any old time of day -- morning, noon or night. But especially at nighttime. And as the darkness falls a little bit earlier each night, now that we've passed the summer solstice, we appreciate our cuddles with bath-scented, pajama-clad ch.... read more
A friend turned me on to Switch on the Night by Ray Bradbury (published in 1955 by Pantheon Books with original illustrations by Madeleine Gekiere), calling it one of her favorite vintage children's books of all time. Apparently, she bought a first edition for a song at a used.... read more
We’ve been talking a lot, these past weeks, about making the most of summer with our little ones. We’re doing our best, during this fleeting, golden season, to give them the chance to experience new places and try new things.But whatever a preschooler may be up to during .... read more
***This giveaway is closed. See below for the lucky winners!***School's out, summer is in full force, and while the kids are busy cooking up mud pies, chasing dragonflies, or splashing in the pool, many parents are looking for a way to incorporate learning and fun. Enter Shutt.... read more
I used to go to Paris all the time. As a student I would go home for vacation and return to my childhood bedroom. Once I graduated and had more limited vacation time, my visits became shorter but still frequent, as I relished any excuse to go home to the land of crusty baguett.... read more
We all like to add some diversity and culture to our lives, but what's the best way to bring it to young children? The challenge is to make it interesting, engaging, and age-appropriate. To find out the best way to bring culture to young kids, I turned to two talented ladies f.... read more
Just a week ago, we embarked on a virtual world tour with our kiddos, and what a week it’s been! We’ve been zooming around the globe with them on Google Earth, touching down for extended stays in Paris, Japan and wherever else fancy has taken us. Books, movies, food and .... read more
"My child just doesn't listen." I hear this complaint from parents just about every day. I tell them, "My guess is that you aren't giving them an example of what listening is about. You are probably lecturing too much. Why Lectures Don't Work: How to Motivate and Inspire wit.... 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
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