The back-to-school whirl of September is a test of any parent's organizational chops. All those schedules to plan, forms to fill out, activities to sign up for, gear to purchase, etc. Phew! We're glad that's almost over. One of the pitfalls of this back-to-school period is th.... read more
For those of us who love to read, raising our children to become readers may seem like a self-evident process. Read to them nightly, give them plenty of books... what else needs to be done?Alas, it's not always as easy as that. These days, there are so many more high-tech dis.... read more
We know that home is the first school house. The kids learn in their classrooms and preschools, but they also learn math by helping us in the kitchen, science by helping us in the garden, and fine motor skills by drawing and creating and writing. We know this play an es.... read more
Now that my kids are a little bit older, one of our favorite things to do together is bake. For my seven-year-old, the joy of baking comes in the eating. For my ten-year-old, learning to cook has been a badge of pride, something that she can do by herself to feel a little bit .... read more
I don't know about you, but thinking about back-to-school—particularly in the steamy hot days of August—would make me feel anxious when my children were younger. I was especially anxious about their new teachers. What if my son had teachers who didn't appreciate his persis.... read more
One damp day as we were walking home from school last year, my daughter pointed up to a flock starlings swooping through the sky. “Look Mommy,” she said, “it’s so beautiful, it’s like a rainbow.” “It is,” I assented with a smile. Though the black.... read more
The bell rings, the kids come flooding out the school doors, and everyone is ready for break. After a long day of sitting at a desk, we all could use something a bit different to do. After school is the perfect time to go on a quick adventure! This doesn't need to be an outlan.... read more
When we set out in search of a preschool for our little ones, we look for a place where they will be happy, for an environment conducive to fun and learning and friendship. We look for a strong community of families, and for teachers who have plenty of experience and creativi.... read more
It is hard to say goodbye to summer. We feel a pang just thinking the words. We’ve so loved the freedom, the family time, and our summer friendships. We’ve loved the days outdoors, the hours of reading, the new places and sights we’ve discovered. Summer’s t.... read more
You’ve heard what they say about homework, right? Homework! Oh, homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink. If only a bomb would explode you to bits. Homework! Oh, homework! You're giving me fits. I'd rather take baths with a man-eati.... read more
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