Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep o...

How to read to your kids

I don't think anyone would disagree that reading to your kids is one of the most important things you can do for them during their early years. In fact, I would even go so far as to say it should be mandatory. That would include Florida, which, accor...

Literature in the loo

I was talking with some parents from Jared's school the other day when one mentioned that her daughter has taken to reading while sitting on the toilet. She even goes so far as to have her younger sister fetch her another book after finishing one. Sh...

Bunches of books for "tweens"

So, everyone around here has been naming off their favorite books for children in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Only problem? Well, when I was a child, I had a voracious reading appetite, meaning I read more books than I could ever even possibly begi...

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

To celebrate the birthday of Theodore Geisel -- better known as Dr. Seuss -- the National Education Foundation started the Read Across America campaign to build a nation of readers. After ten years, the program now reaches nearly every home, school, ...

Learning to 'read': little Mr. Know-it-all

Now that Everett's learned the alphabet song (age: 3 yrs, 2 mos) and how to spell his name (age: 3 yrs, 4 mos), he's starting to sort-of-pretend-to start reading. His brand of reading, naturally, is mostly memorization and creativity. For instance, h...


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