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.

The Next Great Book: Holiday List

Posted by on December 17, 2015.

Our good friend Jane Knight at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier has done it again! Here is her list of recommended children’s and young adult books for this holiday season.

Gift Ideas

You’ve all asked for more Harry Potter “stuff” and this is the year for that!

CLiF Spotlight: The “girl book” problem

Posted by on March 5, 2015.

Vintage school portrait. Via Creative Commons

I was caught off guard by a recent Twitter conversation started by Shannon Hale, author of the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy and many others.

@haleshannon tweet screengrab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The powers that be at this school decided that regardless of her qualifications as a presenter, Hale was for girls – and boys wouldn’t be interested.

If you’re a parent and… your child steals a piece of candy

Posted by on February 13, 2015.

My daughter chose Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm from the school’s free book bin. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle takes to her farm children whose behavior overwhelms their parents and cures them of their bad habits with magic and hard work.

When I first read the book, I thought not too highly of the parents, but in light of a having six year old pushing the boundaries of decent behavior, I admit, I would welcome Mrs.

If you’re a parent and… you’re teaching kindness

Posted by on August 4, 2014.

New research from Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project offers suggestions on how to raise kind children.

I read this with interest because recently, in a deep conversation about our strengths and weaknesses as parents, I shared with a friend that my biggest hope for my child is she be kind.

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.

If you’re a parent and… making up stories doesn’t come naturally

Posted by on May 5, 2014.

I love a good story. But making them up on the spot doesn’t come naturally to me. I dread when my child asks “tell me a story.”

She usually asks when I feel least creative – driving to school, waiting in the doctor’s office, or sitting in her bed in the middle of the night after a nightmare or an upset stomach.

March 14 Friday Links Library

Posted by on March 14, 2014.

Happy Friday!

We’re digging out after Vulcan dumped two feet of fresh snow over Vermont. Which means all this weekend we’ll be doing our two favorite activities: reading and skiing.

Here are some clips from the last two weeks.

Meredith found a lot happening in Ohio to help third graders pass reading tests:

  • When more than half of Columbus, Ohio third graders scored below proficient on the Ohio Achievement Assessment tests, the schools enlisted parents to help (and, we hope, to love reading together).