For those of us who love to read, raising our children to become readers may seem like a self-evident process. Read to them nightly, give them plenty of books... what else needs to be done?Alas, it's not always as easy as that. These days, there are so many more high-tech dis.... read more
As the final days of summer draw near, I have felt a real sense of urgency to cull through closets, drawers, toy chests—basically every nook and cranny of our home—in order to get a better handle on what we have (and where it should go!) before the new school year starts. .... read more
One of the most difficult aspects of the transition from summer vacation to the school year is homework. Having grown accustomed to plentiful free playtime, kids naturally rebel at the thought of having to do homework during their scant after-school hours. We can cer.... read more
Something happens to my kids’ bedtime over the summer: it drifts. What was once a rock-solid schedule becomes instead a moving target. Friends are visiting? Okay, stay up late to enjoy their company. A family reunion happening? Parents are too busy catching up with long lost.... read more
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