One of the fondest memories of my late 1950s and early 1960s rural New England childhood was spending most days each summer roaming and exploring throughout our neighborhood and the surrounding small farms. Our little development of post WWII middle class track homes h.... read more
We love all the unstructured time in the summer: the lazy days splashing in the pool, Sunday afternoons with no looming homework deadlines, a later-than-usual movie night during the week. And now that our kids are older (nine and twelve), we've discovered the joys of sharing t.... read more
In Allen Say's Caldecott Medal-winning book, Grandfather's Journey, the narrator recounts the story of his grandfather's life. When he was a young man, the grandfather decided to explore the world. We took a boat from Japan to America, and journeyed across the American con.... read more
Preschoolers are often curious about where things come from, how things are made and what people did in "the old days." Taking a trip to your local history museum can open up a world of fun for both you and your child as you walk back through time together. Use these Savvy.... read more
Where we have come from and where we are headed can be fun topics for the dinner table. From discussing what happened today, to family history, local history, American history and world history, there is a lot to talk about. Preschoolers have a strong interest in what came .... read more
As moms, we are constantly evolving. As our children grow up, our lifestyles go through many changes. It's natural to try to hold on by holding back "keepsakes" with the hopes that one day they will be as cherished as we cherish that moment in time.Physical keepsakes are a.... read more
Recently, I've begun sharing pieces of my childhood -- no, more accurately, stories of my growing up -- with my kids. When my children, now 8 and 5, were very small, they loved to look at their baby books and hear stories of themselves as a baby and toddler, years that were mo.... read more
Hold a newborn baby, and inevitably you'll search his or her face for clues: Does he look more like his mom? Does he have dad's chin? His sister's dimples? These shared traits are part of what connects one generation to the next. That newborn baby is a brand new person, but sh.... read more
Do you ever wonder what you were like as a child? Chances are, if you have any family at all, they've spent most of your life telling you just how cute, sweet or wild you were when you were growing up. Remember when you cut off all your hair? Remember when you let the dog jump.... read more
When I was young, one of my very favorite toys was my Raggedy Ann doll. She had a sweet smile, straggly yarn hair, button eyes and a little red heart drawn on her chest right over the place where a candy heart was sewn inside her (or so I was told). I loved my doll very dea.... read more
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