What is the biggest adventure you've ever gone on with your child?A few years ago, prodded by some cousins, I took my then six-year-old daughter on a hike up Cadillac Mountain in Maine to see the sunrise. The peak of Cadillac is the first place from which you can see the da.... read more
As the new year turns, parents of four and five-year-old preschoolers are looking back and looking forward and thinking: can it be that there is only half a year of preschool left? And then we're onto...kindergarten?!And each one of us is also thinking: is my child ready for t.... read more
We hear it all the time and certainly know it far better than our children do: time goes way too fast. Before we know it, it will be December, and we will be standing here, wide-eyed wondering where the year went. Why not take a few moments with your kids to capture this momen.... read more
One of the best things about the start of a new year is getting to put up a new calendar. The old one is filled to the brim with events, meetings, play dates, date nights, travel plans, birthday parties, and reminders of all kinds. It was a full year.The new calendar though..... read more
Just as we may set goals for ourselves, guiding our children in goal setting is valuable to their own creative development. Studies show that children (and adults) who define their own goals and reflect on their struggles and accomplishments are more likely to have success wit.... read more
Many of my resolutions are meant to push me to wander, play, experiment, and appreciate. For example, the resolution to take time for projects reminds me to undertake big family projects, like making homemade books or putting up holiday decorations. Keep a new family tradition.... read more
Call us conflicted. We tend to cast a jaundiced eye at the "new year, new you" promises we hear this time of year. And, yet, we place real faith in any opportunity for reflection that offers a bit of perspective, a perch from which we can look at ourselves, see what we like, w.... read more
Making resolutions is easier for some than for others. Some of us know just what we want to work harder at or try for the first time this year. Others of us are less sure. Our goals seem too vague perhaps, too cliché, or too humdrum to qualify. And others are just.... read more
What should we, as parents, resolve for the new year? Here are ten ideas from preschool director and parenting expert Jacque Grillo: Resolve that one day each week will be a day without television, videos, computers, and electronics of any sort. Shut the things off. Reclaim yo.... read more
We've been talking about inspiration this week. The inspiration to be a reader, to go on adventures, to be curious. What about creativity?Do children need inspiration to be creative?Some might say that what we really need to worry about is inadvertently quashing the creativi.... read more
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