"It's like riding a bike."Our all-purpose metaphor for any skill which, learned once, comes casually back when tried again, usually much later. There's something joyful in this idea—some delight in both recalling the work it took to master the skill in the first place and th.... read more
Every summer we choose a classic book to read to the kids before bedtime—as the kids stay up a bit later in summer, we can get a little more reading in. This year, we've been reading Arthur Ransome's celebrated 1930 tale of summer adventure, Swallows and Amazons (still a f.... read more
It is has been said that those who dwell in the beauty of the trees, will never grow weary to the mysteries of life.In the book Little Bear's Friend by Else Homelund Minarek, the story begins with Little Bear climbing a tree. During Little Bear's journey to the top of that t.... read more
It's hard to believe and sad to say, but summer break is almost halfway over. So far, our weeks have been filled with lots of active family time outdoors: swimming, running around at the beach, playing favorite sports and games, hiking, bike riding, and more. And we plan to g.... read more
Children have been fascinated by treasure hunts for decades. Secret clues hidden in carefully thought out spots eventually leading the seekers to their treasure have excited and entertained every generation. However, a new sort of modern day treasure hunt has suddenly become a.... read more
Hiking can be an amazing experience, exposing you to wilderness and scenery that is astonishingly beautiful and giving you a chance to experience nature beyond the sidewalk and car window. If you think of it as a pre-parenting activity, or something to do when a babysitter com.... read more
So, after a super-successful summer of putt-putting your way through castles and pirate ships and T-Rex jaws, you've decided that you want your kid to learn real golf. Terrific... except that it's possible that you, even if you've been hitting the links for years, may not ha.... read more
What do you do with a child who does her homework sprawled out across the living room floor every night? Or a kid who does his standing at the kitchen counter, and pacing back and forth while trying to work out answers? How about a child who won't sit and read but will focus f.... read more
As parents of school-age children, we are often focused on strengthening our kids' vocabulary skills. There are many occasions, however, when we realize that it's our own vocabularies that need some work. People often say that babies should come with an instruction manual, but.... read more
With all of the time that our children spend cooped up in classrooms and busy in after-school activities, it can be hard to make time for just pure play. However, experts remind us, time and again, how important this free time is. And it's also important that our children hav.... read more
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