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...
Extend the Halloween Experience With STEAM Activities

Extend the Halloween Experience With STEAM Activities

October brings crunchy leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, and most importantly to kids … HALLOWEEN! Check out these fun STEAM activities to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit.   Rotting Pumpkin What happens to a pumpkin as it rots? This...
Grandparents as Teachers

Grandparents as Teachers

With school districts beginning the school year in remote learning mode, families are figuring out how to make the demanding task of overseeing children’s learning at home actually work.   The extra burden can weigh even heavier on single and working parents. The...
Impactful Books

Impactful Books

Many children have some level of awareness of race relations in America right now. Maybe they’ve heard things on the radio, glanced at the news at home, or have even had frank discussions with friends and family. As a parent, it can be hard to find the “right” way to...
Making Your Child YouTube Friendly

Making Your Child YouTube Friendly

  As any adult who has ever gone on YouTube knows, it can be the Wild West of content. When you’re not able to be fully present with your children as they watch, it can be ill-advised to turn them loose on YouTube. However, there is some really good educational...
Explore Summer Library Services

Explore Summer Library Services

In the past, while the content of library materials might have been exciting, on the whole, libraries’ reputations were that of serious, settled institutions. Today’s libraries, however, are nothing like the archaic models of the past. Most are modern,...
Learning Together at Home

Learning Together at Home

For many Austin families, summer came before we expected it. Not the summer of pool parties, sprinkler playdates, and sparklers with neighbors after dark, but the summer of lots and lots of unexpected family togetherness. When you add in anxiety about the state of the...
How Nature Impacts Childhood Development

How Nature Impacts Childhood Development

The statistics on how much time American children spend outside each day is startling. The National Recreation and Park Association states that the average child spends only four to seven minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, while spending an average of...
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