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
In case you haven't noticed, we have a lot of big plans for making the most of springtime. We are primed for adventure after a long winter cooped up with the kiddos, and ready to come out of our familiar cocoons and start exploring.One of the lovely aspects of spring is the op.... 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
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
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
One of the best things about life with kids is that there is almost always someone knocking around the house who wants to play a game. Often, there are several someones of widely varying ages who are all eager to play. If you've got a shelf in the house stocked with board game.... 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
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
Now that the 2012 Olympics have begun, the spotlight has turned on its host, London and Great Britain, and for the next two weeks, your television screen will be filled with images of the Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and red double-decker buses. As your little sport.... read more
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