Let's face it. Getting breakfast on the table for the kids every day before school can be challenging, to say the least. Depending on how many children you have, it's often a juggling act between feeding the baby, helping the preschooler get dressed, and arguing with the f.... read more
Construction paper hearts and decorated shoeboxes. Wobbly first attempts at signing a name, or maybe even just an initial. The joy of opening the cards and reading all of the sweet messages, perhaps eating a few candy hearts along the way. Valentine's Day is a holiday tailo.... read more
Legend has it that if on February 2nd, the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, the groundhog appears from his burrow and sees his shadow, we are in for another six weeks of wintry weather. Shadows have long been weather forecasters, storytellers, we.... read more
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
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