Part of the magic of early childhood is that it seems like a time of infinite opportunity. These kids could become anything! Dream big, work hard, and the sky's the limit. The "hard work" part will come later (we hope), but it's never too early to start cultivating a c.... read more
Have you ever caught your children eavesdropping on you from behind a cracked door? Have you every noticed them hunched in the bushes outside the house, watching you as you move from room to room? Have you seen them creeping through the trees and peering over fences to spy o.... read more
Let’s start with a little compare and contrast.Last fall, we signed my seven-year-old up for a parent-run soccer league. She was working on soccer skills in her gym class at school, and we imagined that she would enjoy a bit of real game practice. Most of.... read more
When my children were small babies I was always eager to learn different ways of soothing them. In the early days, I became an expert at swaddling and rocking. I practiced shushing sounds and experimented with different ways to “wear” the babies. But when all el.... read more
Has watching the Olympics inspired your kids to want to try a new sport? Beach volleyball or table tennis, perhaps? Badminton? Fencing? Judo? Archery? There are so many to choose from! Don’t forget sailing and canoeing, or kayaking! And then there are the su.... read more
How many of you watched the Sochi Olympic opening ceremonies with your families on Friday night? It was one of those moments when you have to level with the kids and acknowledge that, yeah, this is a pretty weird world we brought you into. My daughters watched in hypn.... read more
Photo courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the Olympics, what with all of the icy splendor and torch-lit pageantry, even for those of us who, under ordinary circumstances, wouldn't really consider ourselves "sports people..... read more
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
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