Hopefully by now the general outline of your summer has become clear. You know whether you’ll be going away or staying home, and when. You’ve signed the kids up for camps and classes, and checked into the schedule at your local pool. Or perhaps you’ve simply l.... read more
So much of the joy of summer is the ease of it. Summer days are languid and long; even calling them lazy seems like a compliment, a sign of summertime success. But amid that openness glows a little flicker of possibility. Your preschooler's mind isn't dormant for the middle mo.... read more
Last summer, our Savvy team made a list of 50 things we wanted to do with our kids during our precious days of summer vacation. This year, I thought I would update you on what our family did and didn't manage to do last summer. Go to the beach (X)Have a backyard campout .... read more
How excited are your kids for summer vacation? Mine have been counting down on the calendar, every single day. It's giving my kindergartener excellent practice counting backwards.And how excited are you? I am looking forward to a slower pace, and plenty of time out-of-do.... read more
One of our very favorite books about summertime is Judy Blume's funny and touching Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. It seems amazing that a book published in 1972 could remain so relevant and appealing, but my daughter's third grade class read it this year and loved it.... read more
As glad as we are that you are reading this post, we really want you to go outside. Because unless it's 12 degrees, raining or 4:00 in the morning, there's no reason for you and the kids not to be outside. So bag the laundry; forget the cleaning; turn off the computer. And gr.... read more
Summer is almost here, and with it, those long afternoons just yearning to filled with a good chapter book, either in a cool, shady spot or while we take a rest from swimming at the pool. Or maybe you need a few new books to tuck into your child's bag for your next trip. Whene.... read more
For those of us with children in school, summer means a big change in routine. I heard a mother whose kids have already returned home from college for the summer comment: “They take up so much more room than they used to!” Those of us whose children still go to p.... read more
Once school is over, how do you make the best of your summer vacations with children? Since kids are officially excused from sitting in a classroom all day, summer is the best time of the year to have some rock-n-rollin' time outside. Here comes the active vacations idea!Three.... read more
One of the fondest memories of my late 1950s and early 1960s rural New England childhood was spending most days each summer roaming and exploring throughout our neighborhood and the surrounding small farms. Our little development of post WWII middle class track homes had .... read more
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