If You’re a Parent and…You Aim for a Less-Screen-Summer

Posted by on June 29, 2016.

In most of my life roles, I can feel overwhelmed by the information on how to be or do them better, how we can achieve that ideal balance where all parties (kids, friends, coworkers, and family members) feel heard, valued, and bolstered as individuals and also “team” members.

Mothers and Kids: Togetherness

Posted by on May 15, 2015.

At CLiF, much of our work occurs behind the scenes. We spend many hours scheduling events, organizing logistics, communicating with coordinators who are on the ground in various communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. While we love what we do, nothing compares to hanging up the phone, logging off our email, and stepping out from behind our desks to get face-to-face with the communities, families, and children we serve.

If you are a parent and… you need the toy to end all toys

Posted by on October 24, 2014.

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It’s a drizzly, dreary afternoon. The blocks have towered and the cars have raced and the crayons have drawn. But it’s still drizzly and dreary.

Cue the whining.

My son’s new favorite I’m-bored-phrase is “but who will play with me?”

That’s when it’s time for the box.

If you’re a parent and… it’s July 4th!

Posted by on July 3, 2014.

Happy July 4th! This holiday inspires me to read books about American history: presidents, symbols, battles, trivia, monuments, houses – there are some great stories!

Tomorrow we’ll wrap up a day of parades, candy, fireworks, barbecues, and swimming with two of my daughter’s favorite books: Looking At Lincoln and So You Want to Be President.

If you’re a parent and… weather interrupts vacation

Posted by on June 16, 2014.

Today is the last day of school – let summer vacation begin!

Planning child care, camps, vacations, work obligations, and family visits has been a three month process. And we all know that despite these best-laid plans, our carefully structured calendar will be rocked by the unforeseeable – beach days interrupted by afternoon thunderstorms or rainy days at the lake.

CLiF Spotlight: Let’s All Read Across America

Posted by on March 3, 2014.

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I started hearing Christmas music in October. No exaggeration – I was still shopping for the final touches of my son’s Halloween costume when the bells were jingling and the sleighs were dashing right there in my radio speakers. I love family traditions and glowing lights and – oh, wow – nothing compares to the magical twinkle in my son’s eye when he talks about Santa’s imminent arrival.

Mean Parents Unite!

Posted by on August 15, 2013.

I am a mean parent. It’s true.

And I had mean parents, for which I am eternally grateful.

How mean am I?

Mean enough to use the word NO in the face of adversity (begging, foot stomping, crying, and occasional tantrums), and mean enough to make demands of my children, even if they temporarily hate me for it.

Get Out! Ideas for Bringing Books Outside This Summer

Posted by on June 12, 2013.

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With the promise of summer weather on the horizon, I’ve started to contemplate fun ways to bring our reading outdoors on warm, sunny days. Luckily with the world of Pinterest and creative blogs, I found a wealth of ideas for summer literacy activities.