It began just after my son's fourth birthday. His best young friend was over for a playdate. As soon as she walked in the door, they both conferred and then chimed, "Can we watch a movie?" I was disappointed that was what they wanted to do together. I wanted them to talk and l.... read more
The national parks of the United States are among this country's greatest treasures. They celebrate the beauty of the land and honor the people and events that have shaped it.Our National Park Service comprises 398 national parks, monuments, preserves, historic sites, and more.... read more
The movies. It's the definite article that distinguishes it from the everyday. The movies, even in your local multiplex, is old Hollywood. A whole different universe from the in-the-den variety of viewing. Your little one may lobby regularly to watch a movie (though he may cal.... read more
Planning a vacation isn't what it used to be. When we were younger and fancy-free, we could go and do, well, whatever we fancied. These days, our vacations are no longer our own. They also belong to our kiddos, and we must plan them accordingly. Vacation is finite and precious.... read more
The prospect of travel elicits so many questions in a young child's mind. Any answers we give to our little ones' endless where, when, how far and how long questions are, however, invariably met with a puzzled face. And then more questions. Questions that really can't be an.... read more
Do you remember the first movie you ever saw? For me, it was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when I was five years old, and it’s something I’ll never forget. I already loved books and stories, as most children do, but this was storytelling on a whole new level.Mo.... read more
Was it Jerry Seinfeld who said, "There's no such thing as fun for the whole family?" I disagree, but I've hit on certain tips that do help keep things fun. I'm not sure they're universally helpful, but they've helped me. As always, the first step is to follow the Eighth .... read more
Martin Luther King occupies a special place in American history for so many reasons—his stewardship of the civil rights movement, his advocacy for non-violent resistance, and his gift of oration, which produced some of the most famous and oft-quoted speeches of our time. The.... read more
Wherever you go, there you are. It's a saying that can be traced back to the late 15th century, and still over half a millennium later, we find truth and meaning in it. As we explore ways to nurture creative thinking in our selves and our children, we realize that it is not ju.... read more
Being required to sit in one spot for hours on end can be a difficult task. Ease that by providing children things to stimulate their brains and bodies. Provide the tools that turn getting to your destination into a creative venture. As you plan your travels, consider packin.... read more
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