Back to Work: 7 Things to Remember

By Rebecca Lemar I didn’t want to return to work. I wanted to keep on tending to my newborn and doing mundane tasks at home in yoga pants. I envisioned myself staying at home until my child turned five, like my mother did with me, but there was no choice. Instead, I found myself handing […]

This One is For the Mamas: Mason Jar Sangria

I know, I know, this is not a kid post, but the Mamas (and Papas) are going to like it. The best part is, you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until your kids go to bed! Mason Jar Sangria In a quart size Mason jar add: 2 cups […]

6 Discipline Tricks Your Mother Never Taught You

There are a thousand ways to raise good children, but there is one common support under all of them: a strong relationship between parent and child. In building the relationship with your child it is important to remember humans are a species of hierarchy and we do best when we have robust guidance and leadership. […]

The Science of Risk

By Rebecca Lemar I grew up alongside a valiant older brother that lived his youth seeking thrills: Black diamond ski runs, skateboard-without-fear, climb-mountains-without-gear kind of guy. He’s had amnesia, broken teeth, and concussions, while I, the more cautious one, did not. Recently I browsed a book by Jack Challoner on the brain . He mentioned […]

Indian Summer Science: Sock Walk

Late summer is my favorite time of year. The sun shines softly without the heat of July–the sky a deep and rich blue that fades to the horizon. It is a blissful interval of fair weather before the long wet season of winter. In September we fill our days with as much outdoor time as […]

The Most Powerful Words in the World

It was a long day filled with tasks. I wanted more time, more leisure, more space between the doing of things. I sighed and pulled on my boots. Our family was coming up on the first year anniversary of my husband’s death and we were all struggling with the firsts—the first Thanksgiving without his gravy, […]

60 Second Science: Make a Wish and Blow Hard!

Explore the weird and wonderful properties of air with this experiment! What you will need: birthday candle modeling clay small funnel Place the candle in a grape sized piece of modeling clay. Light the candle. Blow it out. Easy, right? Light the candle again and place the small end of the funnel into your mouth. […]

Toddler Snack Ideas

By Paula Solis Krock This list comes to you from the incredible teachers at the Lake Washington Toddler Group  in Kirkland, Washington. They know toddlers and they know what toddlers like to eat!  These ideas would work for kids of all ages (think after-school snacks!) If things are getting a little too boring around your […]

Back to School, Back to Routine: 4 Ways to Ease the Transition

School had started and I got a phone call from a teacher who said that she was concerned about the recess behavior of our son. He was overly challenging to another boy and often interrupted other kids’ peaceful play. I hung up. I was exhausted, a little angry with the boy. He came home from […]

The Gift of Failure

By Paula Solis Krock The Gift of Failure has been resurfacing in many of my conversations with parents lately, so I decided to revisit this post. Enjoy. Today it’s my little girl in a Tae Kwon do outfit standing alone in front of a crowd. She glances at the full audience of parents, and peers- […]

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