When we think back to our children's very first toys, visions of stuffed animals, rattles, and mobiles come to mind. And once those babies could sit up and grasp objects, then came the blocks, shape sorters, and knob puzzles. As our children have grown from teething toddlers t.... read more
It doesn't happen very often, but when it does I feel like doing cartwheels down the street! It's the same feeling I remember as a child on Christmas morning—only my excitement isn't because of the new Barbie Corvette sitting under the tree, it's because I have a day...an en.... read more
My kids and their cousins turn into spies every summer. Gathered together at their grandmother's house, their mission is to spy on the grown-ups. They run off into the woods and hide behind rocks and trees, peering into lit windows and eavesdropping on conversations. If watch.... read more
Looking for some big-scale fun this summer? Turn your backyard into Olympic Stadium, no host city approval required! We've got a pentathlon of sports that are sure to delight the kiddos in your house, as well as the ones from neighboring countries....er, houses. It's the perfe.... read more
Even though it is still July, we’re already starting to think about school. Just a few stray thoughts here and there, but thoughts nonetheless.My five-year-old will begin kindergarten in September, just 47 days from today. And while she’s more focused on swimming .... read more
Summer brings all kinds of new opportunities for play, especially outdoors. We want our kids to be outside as much as possible before the school doors shut behind them once again, and so we're always eager to find toys, games, and projects that draw them outside to play.Thi.... read more
We have passed July 15, and that means that summer is quickly getting away from us and the first day of school will be here before we know it. But we are determined to make the most of the last few weeks! All those things still on the list from the beginning of summer? We're.... read more
Summer's half over? Says who? Some of us are just getting into the swing of vacation! No one wants to contemplate summer's end when it seems like the fun has only just begun. If you agree, just look away quickly, put your fingers in your ears and sing "lalala." On the other .... read more
A few weeks ago I was reading On The Shores of Silver Lake (the fifth in the Little House series) to my daughters, and we came to the scene where Pa pulls out a checkerboard to pass the time on a winter's evening. My little one's ears perked up right away because she has la.... read more
No, you cannot have ice cream for breakfast. No, you cannot wear your superhero cape to Grandma's house. No, you cannot splash in the puddles. No, you cannot paint the dog blue ... As a parent, there are some days when it feels like somebody cut our pull string and now all .... read more
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