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Tips for Talking to Your Teen

Tips for Talking to Your Teen

Little kids want nothing more than to talk to mommy and daddy – sometimes a bit too much! But teens? We all know that changes in the teen years. You still see your baby even as they start driving, graduate, move out, and start their own life. Finding a balance between the baby you see Read More

33 Questions to Ask Your Dad

33 Questions To Ask Your Dad

Two weeks ago, my dad was healthy. Old (in his 80s, he won’t argue that point), but healthy. Within 24 hours, he was hospitalized and although he is home now, they never figured out what went wrong and he’s still not well. It’s the sort of thing that really makes you realize all the questions you Read More

10 GREAT Picture Books You’ve Never Heard Of

10 Great Picture Books You Never Heard Of

There are mountains, heaps, and masses of amazing picture books available today. No matter what your tyke is interested in or worried about, there is a picture book (or five) about it. Our personal collection of picture books included a larger-than-average number of books focused on art and artists. I am really at a loss to Read More

Getting Started in Electric Trains

Getting Started in Electric Trains

You can name everyone on the Island of Sodor. You know who is emerald green, and who causes confusion and delay. As much as your child loves Thomas and Friends, they are getting bigger and you think it’s time to try electric trains, but you don’t know where to start. Our experience is that it’s Read More

Then and Now: Used Bookstores

Then and Now: Used Bookstores

When was the last time you went to a used bookstore? My parents took me to them all the time when I was a kid because they “couldn’t afford to buy all my books new.” Their words, not mine. At some point, probably when I moved to a big city and wasn’t reading as much Read More

Why Barbie Isn’t a Terrible Role Model

Why Barbie isn't a Terrible Role Model

Barbie gets a bad rap from grown-ups because that don’t understand what little girls instinctively know: Barbie is a 3D paper doll, full stop. And that’s the crux of why Barbie isn’t a terrible role model: She isn’t a role model at all.  I learned a lot from Barbie playing with Barbies, but none of Read More

Quirk Books: Help for Reluctant Readers?

Quirk Books: Help for Reluctant Readers?

I had a post partway written that I was trying to finish for tomorrow. Then I decided to check other books by the publisher of a book I just finished, Night of the Living Trekkies. I wanted to buy every single one I saw in their “fiction” section, and that just doesn’t happen to me. I Read More

Late Summer Gardening with Kids

Late Summer Gardening with Kids

As summer is drawing to a close, parents start to want to toss their kids out. Not to anywhere in particular, just away. Anything to stop the bickering, the fussing, and the “I’m bored” comments. It isn’t just you. At the same time, our bank accounts start screaming from the pain of vacations, camps, back Read More

Staycation: Pro Level

Staycation: Pro Level

Staycations (a vacation where your home is your home base, not a hotel) are a great way to save money and most of us have great touristy things near us that we’ve never done or visited. There are lists of which cities are “best” for staycations, but my personal opinion is that you can have Read More

New Traditions: Family Movie Night

New Traditions: Family Movie Night

We have a pile of unwatched movies and I bet you do too. They might be physical DVDs or Blurays, or they might be a virtual stack on NetFlix or Amazon Prime, but they sit there, taunting you, year after year. I got sick of it and instituted a family movie night. We take turns Read More

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