Playgrounds Aren’t Simply Child’s Play

Playgrounds Aren’t Simply Child’s Play

As tired parents of poor sleepers and early risers, my husband and I loved a good playground. We could find a bench, settle our weary bones and watch our kids enjoy being out in the fresh air. We might even occasionally rally to push a swing, accept a make-believe...
Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?

Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?

When it was time for my first baby to start kindergarten, I couldn’t believe the time had gone so quickly. How could this little person be ready to spend all day away from me in the big school? Was she actually ready? By the time my twins were kindergarten-bound, I...
Pack your bags! Benefits of Family Travel

Pack your bags! Benefits of Family Travel

Just hearing the word “travel” makes me want to pack my bags and go! Well, that’s not entirely accurate. It makes me want someone else to pack my bags so that I can just go! I’ve always loved to travel, even as a little girl. I loved the new sights, experiences,...
COVID Slide: Use This Summer To Close Learning Gaps

COVID Slide: Use This Summer To Close Learning Gaps

Being a former teacher, I typically get questions at this time of year about how to address the dreaded “summer slide,” the loss of learning that takes place when kids have months off from school during the summer. If a long break makes parents nervous, reflect on an...
Special Education 101: Meeting Your Child’s Needs

Special Education 101: Meeting Your Child’s Needs

Our oldest daughter had always struggled with math, but it wasn’t until after private testing in third grade that she received a formal diagnosis of dyscalculia, a math learning disability. Despite the fact that I was a former teacher, I felt out of my depth in regard...
S’mores and More! Hidden Benefits of Camping With Kids

S’mores and More! Hidden Benefits of Camping With Kids

For years my kids had begged me and my husband, Scott, to take them camping. While Scott had camped several times in college, my entire childhood camping experience was one night in a pop-up camper. My two-year-old sister wandered away while the rest of the family was...
Allowance: A Penny Earned or All in a Day’s Work?

Allowance: A Penny Earned or All in a Day’s Work?

  I’ve always felt thankful that my husband and I agree on most parenting-related things. Don’t get me wrong. We have other differences of opinion for sure, but when it comes to the kids, we’re usually on the same page. That is, until our kids became old enough...
Peace by Piece: What LEGO and Puzzle Play Teach

Peace by Piece: What LEGO and Puzzle Play Teach

  There is something peaceful and contemplative about the start of a new year. The bustle of the holidays is past, the decorations come down, and the weather encourages coziness and hibernation. A new year stretches before you, full of possibility and hope. It is...
Holiday Celebrations From Around The Globe

Holiday Celebrations From Around The Globe

December is a special time filled with holiday activities and memory-making. Most families have a working knowledge of Christmas and Hanukkah, but there are other special winter traditions and holidays that take place this month. Consider introducing some of these...
The Secret Ingredient to Thanksgiving Dinner … Math!

The Secret Ingredient to Thanksgiving Dinner … Math!

 Ah, Thanksgiving. The word summons visions of perfectly roasted turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes with melted butter, pumpkin pie topped with pillows of whipped cream, and … math. Math?!? Yes, that’s right! Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to help your child...
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