Every parent has to face it at some point: an entire day trapped indoors with the kids. Usually the weather is to blame but whatever the reason, we parents know that familiar wail when we hear it: "Mom... we have nothing to do." If you want to make it through the day without e.... read more
Winter holds many special joys, but it does start to feel awfully dark after a while. For some, the remedy is to fly away south for the winter, or at least for February break. Not everyone, however, can manage that. Some of us must conjure the sun purely from memory and imagin.... read more
We love this line from a Verlyn Klinkenborg essay in The New York Times: "When the thermometer bottoms out, I remember, again, that winter isn't a season, it's a place." It is indeed a place transformed by blankets of snow; a place filled with frosty breath and reddened childr.... read more
One of our very favorite books to read aloud during these cold days is The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter. In summertime, the bear family frolics in the forest, swims in the pond, and strolls through the meadow. In wintertime, though, they abandon the outdoor world alt.... read more
It's been a cold, cold week for many of us. Winter is definitely in the air. And as we pull jackets closer and wish we'd thought of pulling on a hat, it's easy to bemoan this season of short days and bitter cold. Instead, we're thinking of all of the fun winter activities.... read more
Sometimes it feels like we live on treadmills, running from one appointment to the next, multi-tasking all day long. We barely have time to sit down for a nutritious breakfast, much less plan what the family will have for dinner. It can be overwhelming for parents. And, it ca.... read more
It always amazes me how a tiny six-pound baby results in a thirty or forty-pound weight gain in his loving (but swollen) mother. That doesn't change once they're born—the amount of stuff they need far outstrips them in weight, and grows right alongside them.But at some point.... read more
Even though the days are getting longer, night still falls early enough these days to make us long for light. We wake up our kids in darkness, and walk them to the bus stop with the sky still its darkest shade of blue.Afternoons at the playground, when it's warm enough, are c.... read more
Call it a mantra, a creed, house rules. Call it whatever you wish, just call it—say it often and out loud. We're thinking of your parenting Ultimate Bottom Line. The one thing that gives you instant perspective, the one great simplifier, the one thing that matters and lets e.... read more
Have you noticed it happening in your house? When the days are shorter, the bedtime rituals get a little longer, a little more peaceful. The struggles of getting kids to bed when it's still light out are fading to a distant memory. Nearly any book can be the perfect accompanim.... read more
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