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
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
Last summer, our Savvy team made a list of 50 things we wanted to do with our kids during our precious days of summer vacation. This year, I thought I would update you on what our family did and didn't manage to do last summer. Go to the beach (X)Have a backyard campout .... read more
Children come into the world with a fresh perspective and a keen eye for injustice. They are quick to point out when something’s “not fair” and often wonder out loud about issues that adults are quick to gloss over. Kids also give adults a reason to look at the world .... 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
We spend so much time taking care of our kids that we sometimes forget what capacity children have for taking care of others. Kids are deeply invested in their local parks, schools, and neighborhoods, so it only makes sense that they would want to do their part to strengthen t.... read more
Hopefully by now the general outline of your summer has become clear. You know whether you’ll be going away or staying home, and when. You’ve signed the kids up for camps and classes, and checked into the schedule at your local pool. Or perhaps you’ve simply l.... read more
Many kids get hooked on Greek mythology from an early age, but what about the myths and legends of other cultures? Although not as familiar to many of us, Indian and Chinese folklore (among others) are full of equally thrilling stories. It's just a matter of finding the rig.... read more
Despite their reputation for being self-centered creatures, young children are actually quite capable of showing compassion to those who are needy and vulnerable. Isn't it the very young, after all, who cheer the loudest when their heroes inevitably triumph over evil? And isn'.... read more
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