DIY: Make a Passport for Kids and Explore Your City

 "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T. S. Eliot This summer, the girls are getting their first passports.But we're not heading en famille to France....more

No More Babies: Six Ways to End the Heart v. Head Debate

 ThisStella at one week old. becomes this ...more

Motherhood: Little Eyes and Ears Upon You

 Little Eyes Upon You There are little eyes upon youand they're watching night and day.There are little ears that quicklytake in every word you say.There are little hands all eagerto do anything you do;And a little girl who's dreaming...more

What Makes Your Heart Happy


Birthday Party Etiquette: Who's Invited?

 "Sorry, you're not invited."Not invited? No one wants to be not invited. "You're not invited."We advise our kiddos that this is on the do-not-say list....more

Kindness Wins: How to Teach Children to Be Kind Online

In Kindness Wins, Galit walks the reader through ten online habits to teach and model. She strings together the practical guidelines with engaging real-life anecdotes and ends each chapter with a timely article to read and conversation starters for your kids and your friends. ...more

"You Are Special Today" Tradition

 Every March, we celebrate what we've coined the "birthday trifecta." This is the day when we gather both sides of our family to fête Stella, Veronica, and Stephen's birthdays.Their b-days are clustered at the end of February and early March, thus the logic behind the three-fer family party - usually in Wisconsin (our home state). ...more

Ears Pierced and She's All Grown Up

 "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."- Eleanor Roosevelt  Veronica slips into our room as the sun peeks over the horizon and her room starts to lighten.This is her morning routine.She does this every day....more

Five Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids and Families

  “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”ies― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass What a lovely quote that touches on the peace drifting in with a fresh snowfall.In Chicago, that quilt lasts but a moment....more

Stop Worry in Its Tracks with Three Circles

 "When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."- Viktor Frankl  Turn on the news and bam! This, this, and that. If you spend too much time dwelling THAT starts to feel like a big, bad scary world out there....more