"Summer time, and the livin' is easy..." Well, that is until your two children in the back seat of the car start fighting. Is there anything that drives a parent more nuts?Since it is not likely that your car arrived factory equipped with a chauffeur's screen, the one you flip.... read more
Many parents joke that taking a vacation with the kids is far more exhausting than daily life at home, and indeed, we’ve been there! Even so, family vacations are precious time. We cherish the memories, photos and mementos of those times, and after a few months of .... read more
What is the biggest adventure you've ever gone on with your child?A few years ago, prodded by some cousins, I took my then six-year-old daughter on a hike up Cadillac Mountain in Maine to see the sunrise. The peak of Cadillac is the first place from which you can see the da.... read more
The National Park Service (NPS) has a wealth of information for families and individuals traveling to the lands they oversee, including national parks, national monuments, national historical sites. The list really does go on and on! If you will be traveling, check out the NPS.... read more
People who appreciate design and illustration love M. Sasek's travel picture books for children from the 60s, and I love This Is Texas (published in 1967 by Macmillian), in particular, because it is all about my current state of mind and residence. Even if you aren't a fan of .... read more
Our niece is getting married in a few weeks, and my girls can't wait to head out to Tennessee, the "Volunteer State." They're excited about being flower girls in the wedding, of course, but they're also eager to sightsee in a new state and visit Civil War battle fields, which .... read more
It's okay - you're allowed to be biased. You think nothing is cuter than the little face of that adored preschooler in your life gazing up at you in wonder. Here's the good news: you're right. And here's the better news: you are about to have a day where those eyes are never w.... read more
Summer is a time of explorations, and no one enjoys exploring more than our children. In these days of far-flung families and friends, many of us are looking ahead to a few trips to see our dear but not so near this summer. The lucky among us may have a vacation journey with.... read more
The Fourth of July is a great time to be a kid with all of the fun, friends, family, food, and fireworks. Below are some ideas for Fourth of July crafts and snacks that you can make and enjoy with your kids. Kids love to wear things that they have made and July 4th t-shir.... read more
In recent years, arts education has been threatened and in many places significantly curtailed due to budget cuts, focus on testing, and an increasing emphasis on STEM fields (reflected in declining enrollment in the humanities at the college level). In light of these develop.... read more
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