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Gift Guide: Stuffing Stockings for Dad, Mom and Kids

Stocking Stuffers for Kids, Dads and Moms

Is the stocking the first thing your kids tear into? It is for us! We have a rule that everyone gets to open one present the night before Christmas. Then, on Christmas day, we open presents together which means waiting for the last person to wake up, usually me because I am not a morning person.  Read more…

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Autumn Leaf Art Project for Kids: STEAM Project!

Autumn Leaves Art Project for Kids

The gorgeous New England leaves inspired this easy and colorful art project for kids.

Because the actual leaves I found don’t have the same range of colors on the trees, I thought it would be fun to just outline a leaf.  I provide several shapes as suggestions but the actual leaf can be a simple oval.   Read more…

Veterans Day Books for Kids

Books for Kids to Understand Veterans Day

And now the Torch and Poppy red

We wear in honor of our dead.

Fear not that ye have died for naught,

We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought.

In Flanders Fields.

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Gift Guide: Musical Toys for Kids

Wooden Instruments and Other Music Toys

There are such a great array of musical toys for kids of all ages starting with infants who can get exposed to classical music through Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes. Toddlers enjoy hands on (and I mean Hands On) playing and manipulating instruments. Preschool kids can make their own band either with clever toys or with friends. There are even authentic wooden instruments for young elementary school kids to try out before they start lesons. Read more…

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Mostly 2nd Grade Picks at Our School Book Fair

2nd and 3rd Grade Books for Boys

I went a little crazy at our school book fair this year. First we went before school the first day of the book fair to get the “good books” before they were all gone. Then we went after school, with Grasshopper and Sensei meeting us there since she’s now in middle school. Read more…

Giving Back With My Kids for Operation Christmas Child

Kids Helping Kids Who are Less Fortunate

It’s tough for my kids to realize that some kids don’t own any books or have enough food. They’re fortunate and their friends are in a similar privileged position. Yet, they can empathize if asked to imagine what it would be like, and this motivates them to want to help. Read more…

Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC

Weak Ankles, Loose Knees, and Back Issues

Is It Soccer or Is It Growth Spurt Related?

My oldest child, now in 7th grade, has had soccer related injuries that plagued her season after season. Two years ago, she had issues with her ankles. After missing weeks of soccer, we made the doctor rounds. Pediatric orthopedic surgeon — a brilliant doctor at Mass General Hospital — had fixed my son’s 3 broken bones in his arm near critical growth plates. He healed up perfectly. Our doctor used x-rays and MRI but found nothing out of the ordinary. Could be tight hamstrings, he thought.  Read more…

The Thankful Book, 21 Days of Gratitude

Teaching Gratitude to Kids with Thanksgiving Books

I am thankful to be part of the 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge. It’s a great time to reflect and be thankful for the little things in life. This holiday season, we are thankful for books. They entertain us, teach us and take us new places. We are also thankful for our good health, electricity during Hurricane Sandy, our cozy bed and bedtime stories. (And that soccer season is over! That’s a selfish one for me and my husband!).

The Thankful Book, 21 Days of Gratitude

 

 

Thanksgiving Books for Kids and Being Thankful

Todd Parr has a natural talent for taking a subject that might be difficult to articulate to a child and making it a comfortable and colorful conversation. I remember when my oldest started Kindergarten and her classmate had two moms which prompted a multitude of questions. One of the moms, of the two mom family, suggested Todd Parr’s book It’s OK to Be Different. We bought a copy and found that it also spoke to us.

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Life in Afghanistan for Girls

Why We Need to Teach Our Kids About Afghanistan

It’s hard for me to imagine what it is like to grow up as a girl in Afghanistan. For my daughters, life there is unimaginably different from their own experience growing up in a suburb of Boston.  Girls not allowed to attend school? Yes, my daughters, that still exists in the world.

Under Taliban rule, fewer than 50,000 girls attended school in Afghanistan. Today, 3.2 million attend.

But not without a price…

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