What's marvelous about summer vacation, whether it's spent at Gramma's, at the beach, or in some faraway city, is that it provides a break from the obligations and expectations that mark the vast majority of our day-to-day lives. It's good, no matter how much we love our homes.... read more
There are summer plans that involve logistics, calendars, and childcare arrangements. And then there are the summer plans that we've been waiting for all year long, the special summer fun we want to make sure our preschoolers don't miss.Here's our list of ten things we can't w.... read more
Summer's passing all too quickly. It goes so fast that we sometimes forget to make time for classic, staple summer activities with our kids. Well, it's not too late yet. In these last weeks before school and real life set in, here are a few favorites we want to be sure to enj.... read more
Ice cream, of course! Soaring summer temperatures call for cool summertime treats, and ice cream is without a doubt at the top of the list. I have such fond memories of making homemade ice cream with my family as a child, sitting out on the hot driveway adding salt and churnin.... read more
We parents have our own memories of summer -- the hallmarks of the season unlike all others. But what will our own little ones remember? We can't be sure, of course. And we recognize that what they retain is often a product of forces other than what their parents wish to u.... read more
Editor's note: This post was inspired by the delightful "60 Days of Summer" list at Sassy Sites. She has a great craft to go along with her list, too. Be sure to take a look!We look forward to summer with the kids so much all year long. There are all kinds of things we want .... read more
One thing we notice about our preschoolers on vacation (even more than during regular life) is what avid little collectors they are. As they relish days at the pool, games with cousins, or even your road trip rest stops, they are also busy gathering souvenirs. If your bags see.... read more
Spending time outdoors in the summer cultivates a whole new set of adventures that we just don't get from our other seasons; those are preoccupied by the school calendar, alarm clocks, and busy schedules. From family vacations to camp outs, summer is when fireflies get captu.... read more
The unstructured months of summer offer young children so many opportunities that the school year cannot. Time for sports and swimming, free play, and being out-of-doors all come to mind. And, of course, family time is very important. As we plan the summer ahead, we want to .... read more
Anytime is a good time for reading, but summertime -- when days are longer and the list of places to be is shorter -- is an especially good time. Books about summer, swimming and the beach make good summer reads for younger kids, book series make good summer reads for older ki.... read more
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