Our Five Favorite Things About Fall

Is there a season that better captures the sweetness of melancholy? As summer winds down, I resist the pull of autumn. Winter will be here soon enough, I think. But come October, there is nothing for it but to give yourself over fully to the delights of the season. It’s a great time of year…

Backyard Water Fun

Beaches are great. Water parks are a blast! Municipal pools and the high school natatorium are an invaluable public service. The drawback with each of these, for our family anyway, is that they are all places to which you have to go. We’re not against going anywhere—Grace has been taking swimming lessons at the local…

Swimming Lessons: Why Bathe with the Fish and Frogs?

Parenting is all about teachable moments, wouldn’t you agree? Every parent wants to use everyday life to teach their kids about living, don’t they? And I’d say that probably skews even more true for those who are attracted to this website. Anyone involved enough (don’t say attachment parenting… don’t say attachment parenting…) in their child’s…

Rainy Days Are For the Birds… and Flowers and Trees

It’s been raining here off an on for over a week now. That and the 50-degree weather, it’s a real hypothermia-fest out there. So what’s a family to do? Instead of spending a lot of time outside, I’ve been talking to Grace and Tater about the spring rain and all the green we’re seeing everywhere….

Camping with Kids

The weather outside is getting better every weekend, and every May my wife and I start monitoring nighttime temperatures to see when it’s warm enough to take the kids camping. We love to camp, though we don’t seem to get enough time to do it as we like. We first took our daughter camping when…

All About Balance

Riding a bike gives kids a way to explore and enjoy the world outdoors. But what’s the best way to teach a kid to ride a bike. It’s tricky business, right? Training wheels, scraped knees, and all that running along side holding the seat? Several years back we met some friends at a park in…