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Some of my fondest childhood memories started with a simple knock on the door. Way back when,  before cell phones and Facebook and texting, my mother would feed me and my sister breakfast or lunch and tell us to go outside to play. We’d head out, my little sister running fast trying to get outside [...]

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The folks over at Blue Orange Games — the manufacturer of our other favorite game, Doodle Quest — sent me Dr. Eureka a few months back. Although we’ve played it many times over the summer, this is the first chance I’m getting to review it. In three words: We loved it! The game is designed [...]

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Big Girl popped out reading — or nearly so. She was reading picture books at 2 and chapter books by the time she turned four. She was a natural reader, and I augmented her talent with flashcards and classes and lots of mommy-and-me reading time. We praised her and lauded her accomplishments. A lot, I [...]

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A few weeks ago a letter came home from school. Our school, like most others, uses pesticides on its lawns. Yes, the same lawns that kids run on at recess and gym. I wasn’t surprised, although I do think it’s really stupid. Who cares if there are dandelions and crabgrass where kids play? Not me, [...]

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This summer Big Girl had issues with two kids who live close to our house. One of the girls just couldn’t tolerate her. Whatever. Her loss. I’m okay with that now. The other one has made it her mission to try and get under my poor kid’s skin. On Friday, Big Girl came home with [...]

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Today: “Mommy, the girls were playing at recess and found a cool cut through to a secret area. I went over trying to be nice and to try and get involved. I asked if they had found any clues and [name deleted] told me, ‘Go away, this is none of your business.’ What should I [...]

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Little Girl, mind of her own Little Girl, has decreed that she wants a small birthday party. She does not want to invite her entire preschool class, she says, even though it’s something I offered to her and something I always did in the past. No, she wants specific people. Her best bud S. N., [...]

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There’s a little girl in my Brownie troop. She’s sort of incredible, actually. She is, as I like to say, my most vocal scout. Loud and boisterous, you always know where she is and what she’s up to. All the girls love her, and despite the fact that it can be a challenge to corral [...]

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Let me start out by saying I can’t consume caffeine. It gives me heart palpitations and makes me feel jittery. However, I understand that there are scores of people out there who depend on a caffeine fix to get them going in the morning and keep them up late at night. I get it. I [...]

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Today, three out of four kids ages 3 to 5 are in some form of childcare including daycare and preschool. Increasingly, teachers, parents, and childcare workers are focusing more on reading than on running. However, according to a new study published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), running trumps [...]

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