"Mom, I like my independence...kind of like America from Great Britain." These are the words my seven-year-old daughter said to me swimming in the wave pool last weekend when she wanted me to let go of her. The waves seemed pretty high to me, and I wanted to make sure she was .... read more
In our family, summertime is cousin time. Not just first cousins, but second and third cousins too, once- or twice-removed cousins, great-aunts and uncles, not to mention all of the step- and half- and by marriage relatives of various stripes knocking around. It all gets a bit.... read more
You have decided to create a family tree with and for your kids. Now what? Where do you start? It may be tempting to just start typing names into an internet search to see what you get. We suggest a different approach: your public library.Many libraries have a genealogy depart.... read more
More and more, it seems, there are so many different kinds of activities and classes geared to the little ones. Deciding which ones to try and which to pass on sometimes gets confusing. There are all the wonderful music classes that encourage you to bring your baby before he c.... read more
It's no wonder that we, as adults, romanticize childhood, as there is no other time in life so rich with promise and raw beginning. Think back to your own childhood, to the strangeness and stickiness of being four- or five-years-old, to the hugeness of everyone and everythin.... read more
The day will come sooner or later—it really can't be avoided: your child will ask for a pet. Then he'll ask again. And again. Then the siblings will chime in. All of a sudden, everyone wants a pet, and that's all anyone talks about. Pretty soon, the requests will be comin.... read more
Housework, ubiquitous housework. The clothes need to get washed, and the toilets need to get scrubbed, and there are the kids, in all of their malleable glory, just yearning to learn a thing or two about the value of hard work. Perhaps, at long last, the time for your kids to .... read more
The house is a mess. You're exhausted and the kids are running all over the house because they have nothing to do. Does it feel like your kids follow you around the house creating messes where you just cleaned one up? It's time for family chores. "The family that clean.... read more
Most of the time, everybody loves an outing. Whether it's a trip to the zoo on a warm, sunny morning, or a romp around the local kids' museum on a wet, gloomy afternoon, getting out, when everybody's up for it, can be an awful lot of fun. But sometimes, as enticing as the .... 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 h.... read more
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