Fun and Games

Trains, Trains, and More Trains

Trains, Trains, & More Trains

When we took our son on his first steam train ride when he was a few months old, we had no idea what we were starting. Naturally, Thomas the Tank Engine was the true gateway to his addiction. For those who don't know yet, there are many trains on the Island of Sodor and still more that Read More

Second Run Theaters: Oft-Forgotten Gems

Second-Run Theaters: Oft-Forgotten Gems

Stop paying $15-$20 or more per person to see the newest stereotype-reinforcing pile of poo from the big studios, especially while it's still new in the theater! You do have other movie choices. Buying, streaming or borrowing DVDs come to mind, but that isn't the same as seeing something on the big screen. And no, that doesn't mean Read More

Make Movie Choices That Don’t Reinforce Racism and Misogyny

Make Movie Choices That Don't Reinforce Racism and Misogyny

Read this article for more complete details, but the simple reality is that when Hattie McDaniels won an Oscar in 1939 for her role in Gone With the Wind, racism was so deeply ingrained in American life, and in every aspect of Hollywood, that the first black winner of an Oscar wasn't even able to attend the premiere Read More

Flying with a Toddler

Flying with a Toddler

Flying with a toddler is hard! There are no two ways about it, but it doesn't have to be a nightmare. Other passengers will always run the gamut from understanding, even helpful, to complete jerks. No one thinks it's fun to fly with a cranky or crying little person, whether it's your own or someone Read More

National Parks ROCK!

National Parks Rock!

What do you and your family like to do? There's a National Park for that! (Your answer really doesn't matter because there are hundreds of national parks for every possible interest, and they each have special events.) I grew up going to national parks and historical sites of all kinds. Part of that was because Read More

Go Play in the Rain!

Go Play in the Rain!

Originally published on The Moderate Mom.  Seriously. The next time it rains, just go play in the rain with your kid. Heck, take a walk and enjoy it by yourself! You won't melt, although your glasses may get water spots. Do you remember what it was like as a little kid? Little kids run in Read More

The Up-Side to Reality TV

The Up-Side to Reality TV

Originally published on The Moderate Mom.  Many people would disagree, but there is an up-side to reality TV. Clearly, there are far more edifying activities one can partake in than simply perching one's posterior upon the divan and gazing at the "boob tube".  But seriously, are we really that uptight? People need to relax their Read More

Getting Started Hiking as a Family

Getting Started Hiking as a Family

The Wise Dad and I both used to be active, but we've become more sedentary over the years. We both want to be more active and healthy (and lose weight), and we want our kids to be active and healthy so we're trying to get more active, including hiking as a family. Going to the Read More

Playdates and Guns: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Playdates and Guns: Are You Asking the Right Questions

I don't know if you have seen it, but there a post made the rounds about a mom who was concerned that unsecured firearms might be laying around other people's homes. The original poster is unwilling to let her kids play at anyone else's home if they own a gun, unless she is satisfied that it Read More

Family & Food: The Reasons for the Season

Family & Food: The Reasons for the Season

It is December and the holiday season is getting into full swing. I have always shopped throughout the year, so my shopping was done by sometime in November. Now that I have kids, it is even more important to me to have most of my shopping done by then because it lets me spend December Read More