Welcoming a New Family Member

2014_04_19_9999_55

My kids got a new baby cousin in the wee hours of April 13th, and all week long they asked when they would be allowed to meet her. We drove them out on Saturday, and they were so thrilled! Little V took hold of Emma’s finger, and Emma was so pleased! Johnny thought V was […]

Children Need Free Time

2014_03_25_9999_thumb

As parents, it is easy to worry about providing children with resources, but free time is the best possible resource you can provide for your child – and it is free! Children need free time to explore their world, develop ideas, and understand things that they observe. Giving kids free time is a wonderful way […]

Celebrating the Outdoors with Kids

Spend-time-as-a-family-enjoying-nature_thumb

Getting outside is one of my April goals, and we spent most of our free time outdoors this week – mostly on after dinner walks. We also (finally!) tried out our local pool, and were surprised to find that it is heated to surprisingly warm temperatures. So we spent a few afternoons there. Hopefully the […]

Family Time: After Dinner Walks

Evening-walks-help-kids-mellow-out-and-process-their-day_thumb

Now that daylight savings time has extended daylight hours into the evening, we’ve been taking the kids on walks after dinner. It was something we did occasionally before – with flashlights – but it’s nice to have the daylight to see where we are going and since it allows more flexibility in terms of where […]

Teaching Kids about Nature in an Urban Environment

2014_01_17_9999_97_thumb

When we moved from Massachusetts to California, we trading in our unbelievable half acre backing up onto woods yard for a concrete patio. It has been a big adjustment, and one of the ways the kids and I are coping is by starting a new tradition. Every Friday, we go find some open space where […]