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
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
Do your kids groan when you tell them that it’s time to go do some errands? Now and then I find myself apologizing to them: “Sorry you guys, you’ve got to come to the grocery store/post office/hardware store/cleaners with me.” And sometimes I’ll even feel a tad sorry.... read more
It's been a long winter. A long winter of carting the kids around to various indoor activities so they can get their sillies out. Or bundling them up in countless layers and wrestling with skis and skates just to get a bit of outdoor exercise. Has anyone else missed the playgr.... read more
We are living in belt-tightening times. Everyone is looking for ways to live more frugally. However, cutting corners doesn't have to mean cutting the fun. You don't need new, fancy, or expensive supplies to create some amazing, beautiful, and fun thing.... read more
The long days of summer are upon us, and families are getting creative trying to figure out how to maximize summertime entertainment for the kids without completely blowing the budget. Camps and classes are certainly great for developing new interests and keeping boredom at ba.... read more
"Where do fairies live?"If your four-year-old has not asked you this question yet, it is sure to be on the tip of her tongue any day now.Depending on how you answer, the query can lead your little one on to a wonderful outdoor art project: building a fairy house.Fairies usual.... read more
You don't need elaborate game sets or one of those huge, inflatable pseudo water parks to have fun in your own backyard this summer. You already have the makings for a fun day outdoors in your kitchen, garage, and linen closet.The Olympics are returning next summer, and 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
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
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