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This Must-Read is a “Spooky” Story with a Sweet Lesson

All kids find themselves in a bad mood sometimes. (Siblings, green vegetables, and being told what to do are some of the usual culprits.)  But what happens when an frustrated ‘tude gets mixed in with a Halloween costume conundrum? Find…

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Best Children’s Books of 2021, So Far

Time for an Amazon shopping haul.

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5 Screen-Free Ways for Kids to Practice Spanish

Like many families, we are an English-speaking household trying to incorporate a second language (for us, Spanish) into our lives. Here are 5 actionable things I could do at home that take little-to-no-effort but have big effects!

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Amazon’s Reading Programs Will Keep Your Kids Turning Pages This Summer

Two programs will get your K-12 kids excited about books!

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How to Know Your Kids Are Ready for Independence (According to Experts)

When is it time to give your child some responsibility and let them do things for themselves?

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10 Trailblazing Women Who Changed Chicago

International Women’s Day is March 8th! Let’s celebrate the incredible women in Chicago’s history who have shaped our city.

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10 Clever Ways to Get Your Child to Read More

“After reading these clever ways to get your child to read more, you are sure to see an increase in interest in reading!”

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My Kids Are Social Butterflies & Distance Learning Is a Struggle

Distance learning is not my family’s ideal choice, but here’s how we’re making it work.

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Tips to Get Your Kid’s Brain Back into School Mode (Painlessly)

“Here’s a menu of ideas we draw from to exercise our minds and bodies in a way that seems less like school assignments and more like a celebration of joyful summer days.”

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COVID-19 Advice from a Family Therapist

“It’s important to be aware of how anxiety is impacting our children and our families. Knowing how to respond to anxious feelings will help keep our families and loved ones calm and safe.”

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Entertaining Tummy Time Activities for Baby

“Thankfully, tummy time doesn’t have to be a struggle for your baby. It can be fun when adding in these entertaining tummy time activities into your baby’s everyday life!”

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Social Distance Story Time Can Help Bridge the Isolation Gap

“As recent events now mean that we keep our social distance while staying safe at home for an extended period of time, consider this wonderful collection of books featuring meaningful messages and colorful illustrations that are a whole lot of fun to read to children.”

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Summer Reading Tips for the Best Summer Ever

While summer is a time to relax and unwind, reading is especially important over summer vacation to neutralizing learning loss, improve comprehension and memory skills.

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10 Booksmart Tips to Prevent Summer Brain Drain

While summer vacation is a time of fun, full of barbeques, swimming, and late nights, follow these (fun!) reading tips to prevent dreaded brain drain and learning loss.

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Best Elementary School Principal Ever Reads to Her Students—at Bedtime

She calls the online readings “Tucked-In Tuesdays.” Genius!

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The Parent Toolkit: Habits, Routines and Rituals

One of the most powerful frameworks for parents to lean on is the three unique strategies of Habits-Routines-Rituals. Each of these three elements play a key role in bringing sanity and a sense of purpose to our fragmented days.

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How to Choose New Books for Your Budding Bookworm

Stepping into the children’s book section to choose a new title can be overwhelming, but research shows that creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books can nearly triple interest in reading within months (source: Louis Harris, An Assessment of…

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New Gourmet Restaurant with Playroom Revolutionizes Date Night

Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen is San Diego’s first restaurant to offer onsite childcare!

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How to Camp with Your Family without Sacrificing Comfort

My husband and I are obsessed with adventure camper trailers. We want one. (It may be our mid-life crisis.) We don’t want your typical RV-type trailer that you pull behind your truck. We want a super light-weight, go anywhere, down…

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10 Steps for Transitioning Back to School With a Tidy Bedroom

Original article by Laura Gaskill on Houzz

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With kids having new schedules to learn and teachers to get to know, the back-to-school rush can feel chaotic after so many weeks of summer break. Having a…

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How I Make Rainy Days Work for Me

It’s raining here today, pretty heavily, and while I sit here staring out my window considering whether I should start building an ark, it has lead me to think about indoor activities. I’m assuming you think I mean children’s activities,…

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10 Places to Take Your Toddler When the Big Kids Go Back to School

When your built-in playmates head back to class, these indoor and outdoor activities will keep the little ones busy ’til the school bell rings.

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Conflicted About eBooks vs. Traditional Print Kids Books? Study Shows Content Matters More

Study shows the difference between learning to read on a tablet versus printed books.

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Prettiest San Francisco Streets for Strolling

Whether you’re pushing a pram or have a crew of scooter-loving tots in tow, these gorgeous San Francisco streets will make any family walk extra spacial.

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Where to Give Mom the Gift of ‘Me-Time’ for Mother’s Day

Moms, make sure everyone sees this story so they know exactly what to get you for Mother’s Day: some well-deserved me-time!

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My New Year’s Resolution: Get Dressed

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This year I am going to get dressed. 
My days-late resolution seems tiny compared to the more ambitious goals I’ve seen this week. If I’m to believe social media, many of you are losing twenty pounds,…

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The Importance of Reading Aloud (Even When You Don’t Want To)

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You’ve heard reading aloud is critical to your child’s success and you strive to get it in most nights when you can.  Sometimes, though, it’s just hard to put in the time. You work long hours,…

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Back To School After A Year Off

Photo: Kathy Gorohoff
Last year at this time my family and I were exploring the Canadian Rockies and working on Junior Ranger badges and practicing flash cards on the road. After spending last year’s school year traveling around the US…

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Playing With Your Newborn: 26 Games to Help You Bond

Make the most of every minute your newborn is awake (and not eating) with these fun games.

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The Coolest Library Programs You’re a Fool Not to Use

It’s not just about the books, people. Tons of fun and free stuff is going down at your local branch and beyond.

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5 Things You Can Make With Bow Tie Pasta

Today all you have to do is look in your cupboard to discover a wealth of fun.

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Book It! Essential Read Aloud Books for Kids

This summer make reading time a family affair with these books that are perfect to read aloud with your kids.

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Baby Story Times for Every Day of the Week

At these baby story times, big brothers and sisters are always welcome. Read on to find a group near you or fill your baby’s social calendar with a story time for every day of the week!

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5 Retail Stores That Offer Classes For Kids

There are two ways to look at the inevitable running of errands: they can be a chore, or they can be a tantalizing trip of together time! But even the most prepared parent eventually runs out of distractions from books,…

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Get Out and Play Bay Area: January 21

Cold and wet is great for the environment but not so great for littles. As Cat Stevens asked, “Where do the children play?” We’ve got some wonderful, indoor occasions for kids to have fun and take in some interesting sights.…

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