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how to prepare your family for a weather emergency (especially in the dc metro area)
October 28, 2012 14 comments

how to prepare your family for a weather emergency (especially in the dc metro area)

Something’s coming our way. Something big. Something named Sandy who is bringing with her high winds, ‘astronomical’ tides, and rain like we’ve not seen in decades. I’m trying hard–hard!–not to ...

let's talk about learning disabilities-- with the experts at NCLD
October 24, 2012 4 comments

let’s talk about learning disabilities– with the experts at NCLD

Everyone I know is touched somehow, in some way, by learning disabilities. Whether it’s a child, sibling, spouse, or parent, in my life, learning disabilities know no bounds.  It seems ...

keeping families safe while driving: safely go
October 19, 2012 No Comment

keeping families safe while driving: safely go

Though our number one priority as parents is to keep our kids safe–all of the time–it boggles my mind the number of people I see looking at their phones while ...

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style
October 3, 2012 8 comments

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style

Every day is a little bit different in our house—and everyone’s house. But deep down, we all thrive on consistency, on patterns, on schedules. I’ve always been a big fan ...

family bucket fillers: eBooks for the Barlows
October 1, 2012 6 comments

family bucket fillers: eBooks for the Barlows

We’re really making an effort over here to do more ‘bucket filling’. After reading one of the sweetest books ever, How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids, by Tom Rath ...

how to get your kids to try new foods (and like it!)
September 29, 2012 9 comments

how to get your kids to try new foods (and like it!)

It’s hard to get kids to try anything new, especially when it comes to food. A lot of parents, myself included, aren’t always sure how to get their kids to ...

how to raise kids who love math
September 19, 2012 4 comments

how to raise kids who love math

I was absolutely floored at how many emails I received after I posted the article about what to do when kids hate reading last week. Blown-away.  Floored. Many wrote to ...

help! when kids hate reading: 3 tips for parents
September 14, 2012 11 comments

help! when kids hate reading: 3 tips for parents

It’s hard–I get that. Parenting in general is a tough gig, but when your child dislikes something that you love? Something that comes as naturally to you as walking or ...

2 tricks to an organized school year
September 5, 2012 14 comments

2 tricks to an organized school year

How do you stay organized during the school year? What do you do to not get lost in the sea of papers your kids bring home from school each day? ...

how every family can start the school year off right
August 31, 2012 13 comments

how every family can start the school year off right

Several years ago, I wrote about how to make the school year a smashing success, or. . . actually how to make the school year as successful as humanly possible. ...

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes
August 29, 2012 16 comments

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes

When I asked Maddy, Owen, and Cora what they liked best for their lunchbox notes, I got three different answers. From Maddy: I want more jokes–not joke, jokes like knock-knocks ...