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
The latch turns. The door shuts. Backpacks and jackets are flung to the floor. And then quickly picked up and put in their right places (yes?). Everyone's home. Oof. Since when did our kids start having such long days? Ever since they went to preschool, that's when. And .... read more
When parents select a school for their child, it's the beginning of a very important partnership between the school and family. Just like any partnership the success depends on a number of factors including the establishment of a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Once yo.... read more
Do you agree with Tolstoy's line in Anna Karenina that "all happy families are alike"? With utmost respect to the greatest novelist ever, we're not quite sure that we do. As parents of young children, we are constantly meeting new families, having playdates at each others' h.... read more
Remember when all it took to make your baby laugh was to put a diaper on your head (a clean one) when you were changing them? A little raspberry on the belly and a kiss to the toes, and they couldn’t stop giggling and gurgling. These days our little gigglers s.... read more
Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable and persistent traits, and something I battle with—largely unsuccessfully—every day. For me, anger is the most tempting of th.... read more
We've all been there. Deep in the dark depths of a parenting slump. It's not a fun place to be. In a parenting slump, we feel unreasonably irritated with our children, and even more upset with ourselves for failing to handle the ordinary ups and downs with calm and grace. .... read more
Many of the parenting books on our shelves were written by experts who have a whole bunch of letters lined up after their names. And then there are rafts of parenting memoirs and advice books written by mothers. There are funny ones, poignant ones, tragic ones, instructive one.... read more
This time last year, my daughter was starting kindergarten. She had a whole new group of kids to play with and I was, needless to say, curious about how her new friendships would develop. Which kids would she click with and how? One day at the playground, I saw it happen. S.... read more
Do you have any very dear relatives who live at a very long distance? For a great many of us, the answer is probably "yes," and that doesn't seem surprising. We've become quite used to living far from our parents and siblings, far from home. We keep in touch in the us.... read more
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