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Make a Story

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Apr. 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM
I'm a writer. It's what I've always done, since I was a little girl. When I was 9, I wrote a 20-page illustrated story called "The Living Room Piano," that was sort of sappy. I don't recall the exact plot line, but there was a little girl, and a piano, and a mom, and a lesson learned. I was interested in telling stories from a very early age. I see this interest in my older daughter Lucy, too, though she can't write yet (her name, with the letters out of order, is about it, but it's a big accom

Electronic Art

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Apr. 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM
In a few days, I'm packing up the family and getting on a plane for our first visit to Legoland. It's a short flight for us-about an hour each way-but anyone who's traveled by air with a preschooler knows it's best to prepare as if you're going to be holed up in a bunker for a week. Flights get delayed, kids get bored, and nearby passengers are staring at you with their judgey eyes, just waiting for your child's inevitable meltdown. Having myriad ways to keep the little ones busy is important

Dress Up, Act Out

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Apr. 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM
I posted last week about stocking up on Halloween costumes to use as dress-ups for the rest of the year. If this is on your to-do list, rather than buying things all willy-nilly (although I'm definitely a sucker for whatever's on the clearance rack), also consider picking up pieces that can help your kids act out stories they know. Dramatic play--audiences optional--is great for getting their creative minds working overtime. One of our favorite stories to act out as a family is "Little Red Ridi

Keep It Simple

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Apr. 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM
What's that old joke? That your kid's favorite gift is the cardboard box the actual gift came in? It's funny because it's true. The world of kid stuff is magical and wondrous and overwhelming, and although it's tempting to want to always take advantage of the lastest and greatest offerings--whether it's neon-glitter-3D-scratch-'n'-sniff art supplies, the newest animatronic Elmo doll, or the most popular smartphone game of the week--it's important to scale back every once in a while and remember

Our Generation of Parents

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Apr. 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM
I don't remember my parents ever really playing with me-at least, not often. Sure, I had a fairly privileged upbringing. I had Barbies, and a dollhouse, a million stuffed animals, and a cozy bedroom to play in. But what I remember most of all was playing by myself: grooming the Barbies, having tea parties with them, and putting them to bed. My parents weren't neglectful by any means-I think they just came from a different school of parenting where the parents do adult stuff and the kids do kid