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Puzzles: Why Old-Fashioned Toys Never Go Out of Style

Sleepy days spent indoors: All parents who stay home with their children know these days well. Cabin Fever is right here, right now. Deep in the clutches of winter. We're snowed in, our senses dulled by lack of sunlight, our motivation to burst into ...

Expert Tips for Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen

"You don't need to be an expert to cook," Elisabeth de Mariaffi tells Cabin Fever. Elisabeth is the author of Eat It Up!, a colourful and practical new cookbook for children, and she's just the person to reassure a harried and hopeful parent that c...

We All Want the Same Baby Name!

There's only one name in our family that is considered ideal -- by every single person of child-bearing age. It's a family name that has become quite popular and trendy without being annoyingly common. Is it weird to have multiple cousins sharing a n...

Married couples - Are you sleeping alone?

Are you snoring, tossing and turning, or stealing the covers all night long? If so, you might be about to lose a bed partner. According to CNN, married couples with separate bedrooms are becoming more common all the time. A recent survey found that t...

I had dinner with another woman - and it was wonderful

We almost always have dinner together with the whole family -- Rachel, Jared, Sara, Ezra, and I -- and plan to continue doing so as long as the kids are still living with us. That's the way my folks did it and I think there are definite benefits to s...

Tips for raising charitable children

Do you give? When are were you taught to do so as a child? Do your children? But, how exactly do we create a culture of giving in the home? It doesn't start the way I think about it--that scene from Mommy Dearest where Mommy makes Christina give ...

Are your kids downloading?

TorrentFreak, a news website covering the BitTorrent file sharing protocol and related topics, has posted an interview with a nine-year-old girl who downloads music from the internet. I don't know if the interview is real or fabricated, but either wa...

How to encourage sharing

Nolan and I made popcorn yesterday morning at 9:00 AM. Don't judge. I know popcorn isn't the optimal Sunday morning snack, but he'd already had yogourt and an apple, and it was pelting slivery, cold rain outside. Nolan gets up around 5 AM, so we'd a...

Saving toys

Saturday afternoon, we took the kids across the Golden Gate to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, one of several children's museums in the bay area. One of the features of the museum is a large play area called Lookout Cove. This is pretty handy after th...

Money tips for preschoolers

Yep, that's right--tips for children who aren't even in kindergarten. Turns out, as we all suspected anyway, that kids are learning about the basics of money earlier and earlier. According to this great article by my personal financial guru Liz Pul...

Should siblings share a room?

Unlike most of the people I know in my city, our house has three bedrooms. We don't have an office, playroom or separate dining room. Basically, we have a living room, bedrooms and a sad little room that barely passes as a kitchen. But, it is home. P...

How do you teach a child to be a good friend?

Sometimes Ellie is a very thoughtful, kind and generous friend. She has been known to bestow a favorite toy upon her best friend's little sister just because she admired it. I have seen her patiently wait her turn in games and offer the biggest cooki...

Lunch toys as a lesson in sharing?

We stopped at Subway, yesterday, to pick up sandwiches for lunch. The kids' meals, as seems to be ubiquitous these days, included a toy. I'm not sure I'm in favor of linking eating with getting a toy, but it's hard to avoid it. In any case, the toys ...

The toy jail: healer of sibling rivalry

I'm not proud. But I admit: I use the play pen largely to negotiate toy battles. Everett (you know) has all the best toys. No matter what he's playing with that day, it's the only thing 11-month-old Truman wants and he's desperate to get it, at all c...

Siblings: how do you negotiate the inevitable toy battles?

Now that Truman is old enough to develop some likes and loves and loves to licks, he's been into his brother's toys like a bear into a box of doughnuts. That is to say, he destroys them with his baby love. And Everett isn't so jazzed about the whole ...

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