It's a curious thing about having a self-reliant child: You love that he can take care of himself, and you hate that he doesn't need you. Having a child who doesn't require your attention 24/7 might sound pretty darn good to the parent whose child doesn't give her a moment.... read more
Best way to kick the winter blues? Head to the beach and forget about the season. Yes, it's cold outside, but the ocean in winter has a certain soothing quality that leaves you fully relaxed and recharged. If you are lucky to live near a coast, there's certainly a beach near y.... read more
This year, as we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our thoughts turn not only to the great civil rights leader, but also to his South African counterpart, Nelson Mandela. His death in 2013 introduced many of our children to Mandela and his legacy, and this week seems a fi.... read more
I've always envied people who live in rugged states like Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming—wide open spaces where you really get a sense of the great outdoors, and all of the wildlife that comes with it. I've lived in Texas my whole life and have always longed to feel more of .... read more
Unless you live in New York or San Francisco, the neighborhood that you live in probably looks similar to most other neighborhoods: houses with front lawns and backyards and sidewalks and trees. It's lovely, don't get me wrong. But sometimes our city kids want to know what it'.... read more
As children grow, they start to open their eyes to the larger world beyond their family and school. And when they do, it creates an opportunity for us to see things in a new way, too—to take a moment to think about all of those in our community who make our lives easier .... read more
When I was little, there was an old woman who lived at the end of our street who we affectionately called the "Bird Lady." She rescued baby birds, or injured birds, and nursed them back to health. I remember watching her feed them with a tiny syringe as they sat all safe and w.... read more
Have you been counting down the days? Do you hear tell of a fabulous party that will soon be coming to your child's preschool or kindergarten? Is the anticipation building to a fever pitch? If you're mystified, let us enlighten. The 100th day of school (which usually falls.... read more
Our family lives in Maine for part of the summer each year, and we spend a good part of that time hiking in the woods. As we scramble along the trails, the kids are constantly asking questions. What is this flower called? Why is this tree so sticky? Can I eat this b.... read more
The busy city street where our family lives was once, a mere 120 years ago, a grassy stretch of farmland. Covered as it is now with pavement, town houses, playgrounds and apartment buildings, this is truly an amazing transformation. My young children were shocked whe.... read more
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