Vacationing with Kids

Posted July 2nd, 2013 by Elaine in Child, Parenting, Preschoolers, Uncategorized

I am about to embark on 32 consecutive days of travel with my two children. My husband will join for most, but not all, of the trip. I am already steeling myself for the moment in the vacation when my daughter (age 5), who loves her own bed, decides to […]

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Tough Talks With My Kids: Pet Loss

Posted May 21st, 2013 by Stacy Kravitz in Child, Parenting, Uncategorized

It has been a rough couple of days around here because I’ve had to tell my inquisitive young kids about some sad and anxiety-provoking news.  My son, Noah, is five and my daughter, Mallory, is three.  He is a high functioning autistic and that means that I never really know […]

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Let Them Figure It Out

Posted April 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Thorson in Child, Parenting, Preschoolers, Teens & Tweens

I am a slacker-parent. In the years since I first claimed my slacker title, Lenore Skenazy created the term “Free-Range Parent” which not only sounds better than “slacker,” it comes with a whole philosophy attached, which you can debate with the other parents at your parenting group, proving that even […]

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Developing Empathy

Posted February 13th, 2013 by Elaine in Child, Parenting, Teens & Tweens

I’m guessing if you asked many parents if they wanted an empathetic child, they’d respond yes. And most of those same parents spend loads of time prepping their children for school, singing the A-B-C’s and reciting various counting rhymes. And of course, every early childhood classroom places some emphasis on […]

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Lessons from a Road Trip (with Kids)

Posted January 24th, 2013 by Robin (noteverstill) in Child, Living, Parenting, Preschoolers, Travel

We just got back from a hastily-planned long weekend with our three kids. We drove just over 1000 miles, stayed in two hotels, paid highway and bridge tolls in four states, and are still doing catch-up laundry (as if that’s a temporary situation). Our oldest child is almost seven and […]

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Grappling with Race, Culture, and Class

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Ellen in Child, Parenting

Beezus, my 7-year old, is grappling with figuring some things out these days. For her entire life, she has never known anything different than living in a world of racial, cultural and socio-economic diversity. School, church, soccer team, the grocery store, activities, library, even our neighborhood – her entire world […]

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Thinking About Homework

Posted October 26th, 2012 by Elaine in Child, Parenting

My older child started second grade this year. Second grade seems to be serious business. So serious, in fact, that he has nightly homework. I’m not a believer in homework. I’d rather my child build forts in the backyard, balance on the stumps my husband installed last year, and pursue […]

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