Big trips with little kids: yes, it can be done

The week of Thanksgiving, my family and I went to Paris.  It was the first time we’d ever taken a big vacation together, and it was so much fun.  It was cold, windy, and rainy, and the prices were exorbitant, but we had planned well enough and saved up enough cash to still enjoy our (read more…)

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The delicate balance of parenting & housework

Reader Kristen wrote me and asked, “I have so much housework to do all day, but I know I need to spend time with my three kids. How do I juggle doing both? Is there any chance I can have a simple life and show them the simple life?” Kristen, I don’t pretend to be (read more…)

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20 indoor activities for little kids—besides TV

“Mom, can I watch a movie?” This is how I woke up this morning.  A cute little four-year-old face, inches away from mine, asking to be entertained by major Hollywood corporations. I don’t have a problem with TV or movies—we watch them both.  But we all know they’re far too often the default choice of (read more…)

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14 books to help ease children through transitions

Today is a big day for our family: my older daughter is starting school. This isn’t the first major life change we have weathered as a family. Nearly two years ago, we added a baby sister. Then, as now, I have found a wealth of support and conversation in the pages of children’s literature. Stories (read more…)

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Creating post-vacation peace for your children

The following is written by kids columnist Megan of Simple Kids. The summer months offer families a time to get away, enjoy a change in scenery, and breathe some fresh air. Whether the days away are filled with sightseeing, hiking, sailing, amusement parks, or lazy days at the beach, the relaxed and refreshed spirit that (read more…)

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