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This Summer, Give Your Kids the Gift of Boredom

During the last few weeks of school my kids brought home piles of flyers for summer camps and activities. The pressure on parents to fill those once-lazy-summer-days with organized and expensive activities is tremendous. After all, they all sound...

Under-Scheduling Children - How Bad?

I don't know, what do you guys want to do? Photo: stockexpert.com
This year many mom-friends are skipping the camp-gymnastics-art-class-tutoring routine for a more relaxed (not to mention cheaper) summer. One the one hand, this sounds ultra-ap...

Summer Survival Strategies

Summer months are ripe with opportunity to help your kids grow in important ways and make positive memories that will last a lifetime, but there's also plenty of potential for overspending and aggravation. You can make this your family's best summer ...

Kids overscheduled this summer? Go retro!

So far, this is turning out to be a retro summer! By foregoing the organized sport/activity route, my kids are busy making themselves busy. Two weeks ago, my budding capitalists set up a lemonade stand in our driveway. They made signs, lemonade, a...

Image of the Day: A boy on a frog

One of the great things about being a child is that adults construct giant sized animals for your enjoyment. This boy is discovering just how much fun it is to sit upon a larger than life frog and ponder the day. A big thank you to bigpurpleshoe for ...

Simple summer fun with vinegar and baking soda volcanoes

Yesterday my two boy, ages 14 and almost 3, were kicking about the house and nagging me while I was trying to work. We have rid out home of the cable television, they had already read books and the older one has lost his computer privileges for the w...

Simple summertime pleasures

Summer has just started and the kids have already started their relentless begging to watch television or play video games. Before succumbing to their electronic addictions, how about making a list of forgotten summertime pleasures to enjoy? Most are...

Toys R Us 2007 best summer toys list

I have a friend who sometimes takes her 5 year old twin boys to Toys R Us just for fun. They don't buy anything, they just look and play with the toys. I could never do this with Ellie. We rarely set foot in that store because she becomes so filled w...

Blogging Baby Size 6: Turning off the TV and computer

We notice such a vast difference in our kids in terms of their behavior, their calmness, and their creativity when we force them to turn off all of the screens in the house (as Mary P. calls them): The TV and computer screens. We usually let them pla...

Do you have an extra kid at your house?

Ever since I found out that my son was playing doctor with his best friend, I decided that maybe they needed to play more at our house, instead of running unsupervised around the neighborhood. As a result, we now have an extra kid here most of the ti...

The ups and downs of a diagnosis

The past few weeks have been a puzzlement for our family as we have waited for a diagnosis for our nine-year-old daughter. Initially I feared she had developed an eating disorder, rather disheartening considering she is so young. Then doctor determin...

Blogging Baby Size 6: Toddlers and water activities

I have made no secret of the fact that my toddler kicks my butt everyday as I try to keep up with him and all his needs. Having been a working-outside-of-the-home mother with my other two, I am truly struggling as a work-from-home mom with this one. ...

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