If you’re a parent and… your toddler is toying with naughty words

Posted by on July 23, 2014.

The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin

…then you are quite familiar with “the look.

It’s no longer the oblivious, “Gee, climbing on top of the couch is such fun!” expression. At least that one carried pure ignorance to the actual danger or unlawfulness of the behavior.

No, this “look” is a new level of testing, of pushing boundaries of which he is well aware.

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.

If you’re a parent and… you’re looking up the family tree

Posted by on April 4, 2014.

Family Tree

A very talented friend of mine designs modern family trees, and when I had my child, I decided to get her one.

This turned into a much bigger project than I expected. I was so thankful that family members have been collecting my family’s and my husband’s lineage.

CLiF Spotlight: Keeping Family Stories Alive

Posted by on March 26, 2014.

From a Lowell, VT child's Storykeepers family history research project: "I never got to meet my grandfather. But if I could, well, I'd love to."

Probably most adults could not coherently discuss

  • the differences between the 1840 and 1860 census
  • how a daguerreotype differs from a tintype
  • or the repercussions of the 1890 census being destroyed in a Department of Commerce fire.

But the children of Island Pond and Lowell, Vermont can.