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Put the Squeeze on Summer

July 26, 2017 Well, thank you Mother Nature. more »»

Parents’ Secret Knowledge: Language of Flowers Edition

May 22, 2017 With winter in the rear view mirror, you open the doors to sweep the kids and dust bunnies outside. The kids do not feel the call of spring the way you do. more »»

The Comfort Zone

March 23, 2017 Who comes up with these buzz words, such as “outside the box,” “walk it back” and “baked in the cake”? These empty phrases creep in and out of our vocabularies. more »»

Puzzling Times

January 24, 2017 What to do? What to do? It’s a puzzle. Bad weather has everybody inside. Confined kids turn into little pit vipers. When winter doldrums set in, everything is so borin. more »»

Go Crackers This Holiday Season

December 15, 2016 Some people go nuts planning holiday party treats. Others go crackers. In every grocery there is long tempting cracker aisle. more »»

A Holiday Vocabulary

November 14, 2016 Have you noticed each holiday arrives with a special vocabulary? Here comes November, and Thanksgiving is on the horizon. more »»

A Berry Good Summer

July 12, 2016 Whether you pick them yourselves or purchase a farmer’s stand, sun ripened blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are midsummer’s tasty jewels. more »»

Signs of Spring

April 18, 2016 Is it beds of golden daffodils, tufts of chickweed or folks with ramp breath that signal to you it’s spring? What about violets dotting yards and open spaces? Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “in the... more »»

Secrets of Jack Frost

March 21, 2016 One of the essential keys to successful parenting is a vast storehouse of secret knowledge. Some might call it trivial information while others see it as a gold min. more »»

My Word!

January 26, 2016 Everyone celebrates! A healthy baby arrives safely in this world. With the baby comes new parents’ competition. more »»

Counting Down the Days

December 14, 2015 Consider for a moment how much of life is spent weighing, measuring and counting. more »»

Peanuts and Pomegranates

November 10, 2015 November. more »»

Subdue the Scary Stuff this Halloween

October 6, 2015 Little kids are pretty sure goblins lurk somewhere between bags of candy corn and creepy Halloween costumes. more »»

The Forgotten Art of Thank You Notes

March 4, 2015 Where is “thank you”? Lately, that simple phrase seems to be missing in action. more »»

Shopping for Christmas Spirit

December 2, 2014 What activates the Christmas spirit within us? Is it the last bite of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie or hearing the first Christmas song slipped in the regular radio programming? At the grocery store, do... more »»

A Wonderful World of Words

October 3, 2014 Do you remember when you heard your baby’s first word or a sound resembling a word? Whether it was Mama, Dada, doggie, kitty or the dreaded NO, your heart overflowed with the joy of communication. more »»

Homemade Post-Game Snacks

April 2, 2014 It’s a blooming miracle! The snow finally melted! No longer dressed like penguins, the kids run around in sweat shirts. Waiting for the daffodil buds to open, we celebrate green-up time. more »»

March Into Spring With Easy Craft Projects

March 4, 2014 Hello March! What’s going on? The calendar promises spring. But cold rain and winds nix outside play. Kids have zero resistance to the latest viruses. more »»

Dr. Carrot Brightens Winter Days

January 7, 2014 Are you a recipe hoarder? Do you actually use the recipes you clip from the newspaper, rip out of the magazines, and print from the Internet or put them in an “I’ll get around to trying these someda... more »»

My Mom Can Bring the Cookies

December 4, 2013 Once the kids are loaded on the school bus, bus stop moms linger in conversation and offer great early-morning group therapy. more »»



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