Santa’s Workshop: Delivering Books to Children of Prison Inmates for the Holidays

Posted by on December 20, 2017.

The CLiF office looked remarkably like Santa’s workshop this week as holiday tunes played in the background (see photo above).


Last week, CLiF presenter and graphic novelist Marek Bennett and I spent the day working with inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, NH.  

If you are a parent and… every day is Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 25, 2014.

Awesome Book of Thanks

As parents we often exhaust ourselves prodding our kids to use their manners:

“Remember to say please.”

“How do you ask nicely?”

“What’s the magic word?”

“What do you say now?”

We want them to be polite, appreciative, socially appropriate beings, and sometimes forcing them to use manners doesn’t feel like the most effective or authentic way to do it.

If you’re a parent and… you’re raising a sensitive child

Posted by on August 20, 2014.

You may witness a multitude of emotions within any given day – unfettered giggles rising from deep in his belly, tender moments of quiet affection, loud protests of untamable anger, and tears of heartbreaking sadness.


Sure, all toddlers carry a strain of drama queen.

If you are a parent and…your child is fighting a cold…

Posted by on December 5, 2013.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

If you are a parent and…

…your child is incessantly fighting a cold–and I mean incessantly–I can certainly empathize! Every week it’s a new sniffle, a different cough, or a virus you never knew existed.

You watch the tissues creep to the top of the trash can, ready to cascade down and flood the bathroom.

If you’re a parent and… your child is afraid of the dark

Posted by on September 30, 2013.

If you’re a parent and your child is afraid of the dark, then you probably find yourself in your child’s room more often than in your own throughout the night. You startle awake to the staring eyes of a toddler standing next to your bed.