Children Need Free Time

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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 […]

Setting Goals for December 2013!

The kids and I have been busier than ever with Christmas preparations as we prepare for their first-ever Christmas with no snow! I think we’re compensating for being in a new place and missing snow (but not the cold that goes with snow!) We set up our tree early, and it’s been fun to see […]

Taga: The Bike That’s a Stroller!

When we moved to California, we decided to become a one-car family. The area where we live is actually more bike-friendly than car-friendly! Mike bikes to work, and we are working on teaching our kids how to ride bikes, but one-year-old Anna is a long ways from learning how to ride a bike – she […]

Calvin and Hobbes

Seven-year-old Emma recently discovered Bill Waterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. She tried reading it a few months ago, and declared that it made no sense; now she finds it hilarious! It’s funny to see kids grow up and change! Johnny has reminded me of Calvin for quite a while – most especially for his ability to […]

Kid Quotes: What Should I Dream About?

Johnny (five years old): What should I dream about so I don’t have scary dreams? Mama: How about puppies and kittens? Johnny: But if I dream about kittens, I might dream about them scratching me with their claws. Mama: Maybe you can dream about kittens who had their claws removed. Johnny: What? How would that […]