How excited are your kids for summer vacation? Mine have been counting down on the calendar, every single day. It's giving my kindergartener excellent practice counting backwards.And how excited are you? I am looking forward to a slower pace, and plenty of time out-of-do.... read more
One of our very favorite books about summertime is Judy Blume's funny and touching Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. It seems amazing that a book published in 1972 could remain so relevant and appealing, but my daughter's third grade class read it this year and loved it.... read more
As glad as we are that you are reading this post, we really want you to go outside. Because unless it's 12 degrees, raining or 4:00 in the morning, there's no reason for you and the kids not to be outside. So bag the laundry; forget the cleaning; turn off the computer. And gr.... read more
Summer is almost here, and with it, those long afternoons just yearning to filled with a good chapter book, either in a cool, shady spot or while we take a rest from swimming at the pool. Or maybe you need a few new books to tuck into your child's bag for your next trip. Whene.... read more
For those of us with children in school, summer means a big change in routine. I heard a mother whose kids have already returned home from college for the summer comment: “They take up so much more room than they used to!” Those of us whose children still go to p.... read more
Each year my girls and a group of their friends look forward to Memorial Day weekend like it's the next big Disney theme park vacation. Only we all go on a camping trip, and the kids look forward to having a blast outside: roaming free around the campground, roasting marshmall.... read more
Your pediatrician may well have warned you that your eighteen-month-old might start showing signs of some pretty vivid dreams. She may not have mentioned, however, that those dreams might swell into full-fledged nightmares over the next few years. Further, she may not have m.... read more
Children are born with a thirst for stories. An unquenchable thirst, it often seems. "Tell us a story, tell us a story" is the most common of refrains any parent will hear. Kids love all kinds of stories in all different forms: books, movies, made-up tales at bedtime, stories .... read more
Most children have bad dreams now and then. Scary dreams are a normal part of childhood and a way for children’s brains to process and learn to cope with anything in their world that may be unfamiliar, unsettling, challenging, or disturbing. Although dreams serve a.... read more
It sounds high-falutin', doesn't it? The thought of writing poetry with our children. But truly, when they are young is the perfect time to introduce children to the wonders of poetry. When they get much older, they'll start to label it as "too hard to understand" instead .... read more
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