Sometimes we need a little reminder of the larger purpose of all the endless mediating and listening and explaining and encouraging and comforting we do with our children and their friends.Here are just the words to make us feel that yes, indeed, it is all very worthwhile:"Ult.... read more
Do your little ones know this song? On this 4th of July, nothing floods us with love for our country more than singing these words to and with our kids: "This land is your land, this land is my land... read more
This Native American saying is not just a good reminder; it's a mantra to repeat daily in our efforts to live more "green." A mantra for living gently on our planet, living in a way that honors where our families come from and where they are headed. A mantra that, if lived.... read more
Take it from one of the great poets: teaching a child to love nature and its innumerable wonders gives her a lifelong friend. There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,There is a rapture on the lonely shore,There is society, where none intrudes,By the deep sea, and music i.... read more
If you've been reading Being Savvy for a while, you know that we are lovers of poetry and music. Both for ourselves and for our children. Today we bring you some thoughts on two of our favorite arts from one of literature's most expansive minds. "A verbal art like poetry i.... read more
There's no predicting what teensy little glimpses back into their childhood our wee ones will remember -- only that they will remember some. And we hope that somewhere in the blurry pastiche of memory will be their parents' finer moments. Or perhaps our finer choices of b.... read more
The lives of grown-ups and children alike are filled with ups and downs. In general, the little ones cycle through their joys and miseries more rapidly and far more expressively (read loudly). But we all need a bit of comfort now and then, don't we? Luckily, as the great.... read more
Some of the great fun of being a parent is reading children's books again. Not always for the umpteenth time in a row, though sometimes even then... Many of them are so exquisite, so truly delightful or wondrous or intriguing or clever that we are glad to have gotten the .... read more
Whether for the biggest or the littlest ones among us, it seems true friendships are formed the exact same way -- magically:"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so .... read more
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