Aah, back to school. Time to bid farewell to the steamy days of summer and all that may have come with it-building sand castles, wild sprints to the ice cream truck, chasing lightning bugs, and just finding a little time to let go and relax. Summer is all about trading in .... read more
A funny thing happened a few weeks into my younger daughter's kindergarten year. A group of classmates and parents all went to the park one day after school, and I began talking with one of the other moms on a park bench. When I looked up to check on my daughter, I did not.... read more
Getting back into the school mindset after a summer of running around outside has got to be one of the most jarring things we put our kids through every year. This morning, I asked our six-year-old cousin if he was looking forward to first grade. He answered "yes!" but then .... read more
Summertime, and the livin' is easy... As much as we all cherish the carefree days of summer, by the time the September approaches, children are usually ready for the school year to begin. While summer brings a whole different kind of living-less pressure, fewer "have-to's,.... read more
Perhaps your little one is gearing up for his very first day of school ever. Perhaps she is returning for a final pre-K year before making the leap to elementary school. Or perhaps you're already there. Perhaps he is nervous. Perhaps he doesn't even know to be a bit ne.... read more
The beginning of the school year is fast approaching, and the kids are not the only ones with butterflies in their stomachs. Parents are nervous too. There, I admitted it.Is there a way to make it better? Is there a way to make heading back to "real life" something we loo.... read more
Something happens to my kids’ bedtime over the summer: it drifts. What was once a rock-solid schedule becomes instead a moving target. Friends are visiting? Okay, stay up late to enjoy their company. A family reunion happening? Parents are too busy catching up with long lost.... read more
You have decided to create a family tree with and for your kids. Now what? Where do you start? It may be tempting to just start typing names into an internet search to see what you get. We suggest a different approach: your public library.Many libraries have a genealogy depart.... read more
In our family, summertime is cousin time. Not just first cousins, but second and third cousins too, once- or twice-removed cousins, great-aunts and uncles, not to mention all of the step- and half- and by marriage relatives of various stripes knocking around. It all gets a bit.... read more
The glorious days of summer are whizzing by too fast, and the start of school is sneaking up on us in a very sneaky way! And while we're all too happy to remain in denial as long as possible about the start of the school year, our little ones probably won't take well to be.... read more
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