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Aug22

The art of losing (and winning): how do you teach your child to compete?

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Henry is in one room. I’m in the other. Two outfits lie before each of us. We’ve been waiting for this moment for seconds, if not minutes. And now the moment of truth has arrived. “Ready,” I call out. “Set,” Henry yells. Go. The race is on. And just like that, within seconds, it’s all […]

Aug21
Back-to-School: Vintage-fabric Backpack

Back-to-School: Vintage-fabric Backpack

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cloth_backpack_small.pngI’m always amused by those tiny preschoolers who look like they are going to be toppled over by their enormous backpacks. We’ve found a perfect-sized one for young kids.

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Aug19
Back To School: Five Excellent Fundraisers For Your School

Back To School: Five Excellent Fundraisers For Your School

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A couple of my friends are big jerks and have kids that have already gone back to school. We have a few more weeks to plan everything out. What outfit we’ll wear on the first day, what neighborhood kids will walk together, mimosas or Bloody Marys? Late last year a reader emailed to ask for […]

May30

What do you do when your kid rejects a friend?

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There comes an uncomfortable turning point in the parent/child relationship when the child realizes that he has opinions about whom he wants to befriend, and that his opinions do not necessarily jibe with his parents’. Usually, or at least over here in New Jersey (in our house, to be precise), this takes the form of […]

May22
Gallop! a Scanimation Delight

Gallop! a Scanimation Delight

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Gallop%20Scanimation%20book.jpgI love innovation and this book takes the ubiquitous picture book to the next level using “scanimation” technology to make art literally move. Watch horses gallop and butterflies flutter across the pages.

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Apr18

When is it okay to lie to children?

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“The Easter Bunny’s not real, right?” Henry asked me one night. We had just finished reading a bedtime story, and had moved on to the bedtime deep philosophical discussion. Without thinking, I replied, “Nah.” He didn’t say anything. Crap, I thought. Had I made a grave error? I didn’t think much was at stake, when […]

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