Everybody's heard of family game nights and family movie nights, because evenings of fun and family togetherness are, for understandable reasons, all the rage. But board games and movies, as much as we all love 'em, are generally enjoyed inside our homes, and there comes a t.... read more
Family night can be fun, but to mix it up a little bit, consider adding another family. More grown-ups and more kids may mean more chaos, but it nearly guarantees more laughs and memories in the making. Invite a family or two over for an evening (or whatever time of day wor.... read more
Summer's half over? Says who? Some of us are just getting into the swing of vacation! No one wants to contemplate summer's end when it seems like the fun has only just begun. If you agree, just look away quickly, put your fingers in your ears and sing "lalala." On the other .... read more
Tomorrow is July 15, and that means that summer is quickly getting away from us and the first day of school will be here before we know it. But we are determined to make the most of the last few weeks! All those things still on the list from the beginning of summer? We're do.... read more
"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
We love books because they invite us in to a wonderful, imaginative world. Sometimes, it's very close to our own lives. Other times, it's fantastical and draws us into a bigger world full of new and interesting things. For children, every day is like this, sometimes to a sur.... read more
Professors at universities have spent a lot of time arguing over “the classics.” Which books get to be a part of that lofty category? Which books should all liberal arts students read before they graduate from college? Rivers of ink have spilled in wrestling.... read more
Summer is a time for exploring new things and trying out new ideas. It's a time when our children are set free from the strictures of school and homework, and allowed to do things just because they find them interesting. Now, sometimes that's searching for toads in the backyar.... read more
When I was expecting my first child, some friends threw me a baby shower. But it wasn’t your typical shower of baby clothes and blankets. Instead, it was a baby book shower. Each friend chose a favorite book for our baby to be, and that was the start of our children’s h.... 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
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