Even though kindergarten is not necessarily so very different from a good pre-k program, it still feels like a big jump. The hours are longer, and the days more structured. But the biggest difference is that our little ones will be going to the same school as the really bi.... read more
I'll never forget the time -- the first time, that is -- my daughter told me she hated me. It's irrelevant in that emotional moment whether the hate is real or justified. All you know is that the person you love more than anyone -- the person you loved through the sleep de.... read more
Some say that reading a book is the best kind of road trip. With squirmy children along for the ride, it could be argued that's doubly true. After all, Madeline gives a wonderful tour of Paris, and we might as well be staying at The Plaza ourselves when we're reading Eloise.... read more
Every young child has a rough day once in a while. Tiredness is often the culprit, but really, almost anything can set a preschooler off. There are so many things they want but can't have. So many rules that seem made to be broken. So many things that don't turn out the way th.... read more
Say you have a small thespian at your house, a young someone who can't get enough of puppet shows and regularly transforms your living room into a live home theater. How to channel all of that theatrical energy? And how to connect a love of performance with emerging litera.... read more
Books. It's what overflows our shelves and what binds our characteristics to our imaginations—from childhood to adulthood. What makes them so valuable? Well, for starters, books are timeless. They grow with us. And if we're lucky, we pass these (in good condition) down to fu.... read more
Time magazine ran an article that is music to our ears. The title says it well: "Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer." The piece argues that reading literature increases one's capacity for empathy in real life. It helps us understand other people, empathize wit.... read more
Something funny is happening among the families in my daughter's fourth grade class. Everyone is getting a dog. Okay, maybe not everyone, but when my kids complain that it's "soooo unfair," and ask "whyyyy can't we get a puppy?" even I have to admit that they have a.... read more
Has March Madness caught on at your house? Or rather, has anyone at your house come down with a case of March Madness? Whether your kids are filling out brackets and calculating the odds, or simply cheering for the colleges whose teams have the coolest colors, getting into the.... read more
Back in the olden days, parents used to tell their children that babies were delivered by storks. How they got away with that story, we do not know. Today, our 21st century kids are well aware that they came out their mothers' tummies (even if they're not quite sure how they.... read more
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