It's cloudy out there. It's cold. It's rainy, snowy, windy—in short, the weather is foul. And we're cooped up with a bunch of overactive preschoolers, just wishing more than anything to feel the sun.We'll have to wait a while for sunny days (unless we live in Hawaii or some .... read more
Every parent has to face it at some point: an entire day trapped indoors with the kids. Usually the weather is to blame but whatever the reason, we parents know that familiar wail when we hear it: "Mom... we have nothing to do." If you want to make it through the day without e.... read more
Winter holds many special joys, but it does start to feel awfully dark after a while. For some, the remedy is to fly away south for the winter, or at least for February break. Not everyone, however, can manage that. Some of us must conjure the sun purely from memory and imagin.... read more
We love this line from a Verlyn Klinkenborg essay in The New York Times: "When the thermometer bottoms out, I remember, again, that winter isn't a season, it's a place." It is indeed a place transformed by blankets of snow; a place filled with frosty breath and reddened childr.... read more
One of our very favorite books to read aloud during these cold days is The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter. In summertime, the bear family frolics in the forest, swims in the pond, and strolls through the meadow. In wintertime, though, they abandon the outdoor world alt.... read more
It's been a cold, cold week for many of us. Winter is definitely in the air. And as we pull jackets closer and wish we'd thought of pulling on a hat, it's easy to bemoan this season of short days and bitter cold. Instead, we're thinking of all of the fun winter activities.... read more
Even though the days are getting longer, night still falls early enough these days to make us long for light. We wake up our kids in darkness, and walk them to the bus stop with the sky still its darkest shade of blue.Afternoons at the playground, when it's warm enough, are c.... read more
It's almost 2017. Can you believe it? In our pre-kid life, we probably would have spent New Year's Day lounging (and recovering) on the sofa, watching football and waiting for the black-eyed peas to finish. These days, though, we have little feet and hands begging us to get up.... read more
Hanukkah is almost here. If you haven't started already now is the time to get organized, get ready, get the story straight, get your dreidel-spinning skills in shape, and get excited for the Festival of Lights. To help you on your way are a few of our favorite Hanukkah.... read more
It's finally, finally, almost the morning your kids have been waiting 365 days for. The last thing you want is for anything to come between your kids and the memories that are waiting under the tree. Here are a few things you can do before the wrapping paper starts flying to m.... read more
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