Parenting

My Son Is Five: A Bittersweet Milestone Indeed

Posted March 13th, 2013 by Sandie in Parenting, Preschoolers

Today my youngest is five years old, and I’m not sure I’m dealing with that very well. It’s not that I’m not thrilled he’s three months away from graduating from preschool. As I told my good friend Jean, I expect my  friends to figuratively lift me in a chair, clasp […]

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Adventures in Babysitting

Posted February 26th, 2013 by Ellen in Parenting

Not too long ago, I had a hard time getting and keeping babysitters. I was still new to the mothering gig, I had three pages of typed out instructions to deal with every situation, and I would talk incessantly when they arrived. In short I became the woman that nobody […]

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Wear That Baby: The Benefits of Babywearing

Posted February 19th, 2013 by christine in Parenting

At some point during my first pregnancy, most of which I spent in a low-pressure job surfing the Internet and not even pretending to try to look busy, I first saw the term “baby-wearing.” That’s cute, I thought, and seems practical. Strapping a tiny baby to your chest certainly takes […]

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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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6 Great Gifts for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fan

Posted December 21st, 2012 by Leticia Barr in Teens & Tweens

6 Great Gifts for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fan

One of the most popular series for elementary ages is Diary of a Wimpy Kid by University of Maryland grad, Jeff Kinney. Main character, Greg Heffley, is described by my third grade daughter as “someone that every kid can identify with” and delights elementary fans everywhere. Smart yet dorky Greg […]

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