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Parenting Simply February 2013

Parenting Simply February 2013

[ 0 ] February 11, 2013 |

I’ve been noticing how children make holidays come to life. They love to prepare for something special, to create a celebration. When it comes to holidays, my children do bring out the best in me. I enjoy reaching back into my memory for stories and traditions to share, and designing the rituals that will become our own family’s traditions.

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Winter Storm Survival Kit

Winter Storm Survival Kit

[ 0 ] February 7, 2013 |

Check the weather and sign up school closing notifications, inventory what you already own then fill up the car with gas and make a trip to the library and grocery store to stock up on family essentials. Be prepared to spend some time indoors and outdoors the next few days—playing and digging out. During storms, when travel is tough, we often depend more on our neighbors. Pitch in when possible: Shovel out elderly/new parents, share food, and set up kid swaps.

Let’s make a kit

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Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

[ 2 ] February 7, 2013 |

ddn101412lifebooknookThis short film of a walnut-eating snake* is what inspired me to Tiger-Mom my children into claymation supremacy. So far that effort hasn’t really blossomed, but once I got my hands on a copy of the filmmakers’ recommended text UNBORED: the Essential Guide to Serious Fun, upper-echelon claymation became a less urgent calling. This book opened my eyes to a parallel universe filled with people doing all kinds of tantalizing, crazy, and fun stuff I’d never considered.

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School Vacation Week – Fun activities!

School Vacation Week – Fun activities!
[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |
Happy Spring! April Vacation Week is already here.  Here are a few easy activities for you and your school vacationing clan to check… more

food

Get Your Squash On!

Get Your Squash On!
[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |
Each year the Summit Neighborhood Association introduces a festive gathering which offers family fun and seasonal treats. This year,… more

tech

Unplug During Screen-Free Week

Unplug During Screen-Free Week
[ 0 ] April 30, 2014 |
Shut down the video games, turn off the TV and step away from your screens – May 5-11, 2014 is Screen-Free… more

home work balance

Home Work: Jeanine Silversmith

Home Work: Jeanine Silversmith
[ 0 ] May 20, 2014 |
Today we invite you to pop on your hiking boots and load up your backpack as we introduce a wonderful local Mama. … more

child development

The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff
[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |
By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Children in the U.S., for the most part, are not growing up in a… more
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