10 Alternatives to Forcing Your Kids to Learn to Read

There is so much advice out there about raising readers and for my first child I mostly ignored it. Not because it wasn’t good advice. It was! ...more

14 Children’s Books with Multiracial Families

I want books that reflect a...more

Teaching Compassion to Kids (Even on Halloween)

As I’ve mentioned before, teaching my kids to have compassion for others is high on my list of priorities. As a parent, it is more important to me that they are good citizens than they know their multiplication tables. Of course there are lots of big ways to teach kids about compassion through volunteer work, but small, regular traditions, even in the midst of a celebration like Halloween can have an impact ....more

Game of the Month: Forbidden Island

This month’s pick for game of the month is another cooperative game. Although we are a family that loves games, lately competitive games have been causing a bit of stress for my youngest son who has a really, really hard time losing! There are many ways to help everyone in the family enjoy game night...more

12+ Classic Books for Tweens

Although the word “tween” is a new-fangled one, kids ages 9-12 can certainly appreciate a classic book. ...more

10 Indoor Active Art Projects for Kids

As I am currently navigating my youngest son’s disdain for all things art, I thought it would be a good time to resurrect some of the active art projects I did with his brother. The great...more

Halloween Coloring Page for Kids {Plus Giveaway}

This new Halloween coloring page from children’s book illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg, marks our two year collaboration to bring you a...more

Books to Inspire Artistic Creativity

With the advent of my “my kid hates art” series, a list of picture books to inspire artistic creativity seemed like the perfect accompaniment to my mission to get my son to enjoy art just a wee bit. Fortunately, the library shelves are full of books that will inspire creativity in kids. Leave your additions in the comments below! ...more

12 Practical Life Activities for Kids

When my older son was younger I discovered Montessori, and while I never strictly adhered to their activities and lessons, I tried loved the idea behind it and tried to incorporate it into our daily learning. I particularly found...more

My Kid Hates Art: Tape Project

If your child has never told you he “hates art” or that “art is for girls”, consider yourself lucky. I’m embarrassed...more