Having children is like a magnifying glass. It is the catalyst for us to slow down, to enjoy the simple things in life. Suddenly, we find ourselves seeing the fluttering butterfly as we never did before. Growing our own gardens becomes a top priority, even if the weeds seem .... read more
As summer winds down and our families fall into the rhythm of fall and school routines (and faster paced schedules, and rushing, and wondering as you sit in rush hour traffic at 6pm what on earth you will pull together for dinner for your family?), it feels good to slow down a.... read more
What do you do when your tot, your preschooler and your "big kid" are all at home and driving each other crazy? What do you do when the cousins show up and start chasing each other around the house? What do you do when your favorite neighbor drops her brood off for a couple.... read more
Having a child is in many ways the ultimate creative act, but it's not one that ever lets us rest on our laurels. Indeed, being a parent regularly requires us to rise to new heights of creative expression. We sing, we dance, we act, we draw, and, of course, we read aloud. B.... read more
Sometimes it feels like we live on treadmills, running from one appointment to the next, multi-tasking all day long. We barely have time to sit down for a nutritious breakfast, much less plan what the family will have for dinner. It can be overwhelming for parents. And, .... read more
As parents of preschoolers, we have amazing creative forces on our hands. These kids make music, draw and paint, build towers and castles, invent stories and act them out, all in a day's work. Their inspirations come a mile a minute, and all they really need from us are the ri.... read more
Call it a mantra, a creed, house rules. Call it whatever you wish, just call it -- say it often and out loud. We're thinking of your parenting Ultimate Bottom Line. The one thing that gives you instant perspective, the one great simplifier, the one thing that matters and lets .... read more
Who doesn't love a good laugh and a good story with funny characters? Reading with kids is so important, and books are such a great way for kids to learn, not just to read, but to enjoy flight of imagination. All the better if the story gives us a good laugh. Laughing relaxes .... read more
So many of us love blogs about parenting, and the humorous ones are often just the perspective and pick-me-up we need. Some of those bloggers we like so well went on to write books, many of which are a fantastic mix of emotions, with a healthy dose of humor. These are some of .... read more
My heart is being filled and my wallet emptied anew now that I've started wandering into the young adult section of my local bookstores. Even though my son is only four, we've been delving into longer chapter books of old that have some pictures and loads of silliness. This su.... read more
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