40 things to do with the kids this summer

40 Activities to do with your kids this summer

Last week preschool ended. My kindergartner has two weeks left. I can’t avoid it any longer. Summer is here. We have a few weeks of camp arranged and two family trips. We’ll also hit up some of my favorite local summer spots. But even with all that we’ve planned, that leaves a multitude of free time…. [Read More]

More Than Just an Apple – 6 Gifts Your Teacher Will Love

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May and June are just as busy as November and December, at least that’s how it is in our family. Sometimes I daydream about being the mom who can put together some super cute, crafty gift for teachers, but that’s just not me. With end of the school year festivities, graduations, family vacations, and whatever else… [Read More]

Sometimes I Don’t Like My Children

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Sometimes I don’t like my children. And I’m learning that it’s okay. I’m not sure if I’m writing this to get some affirmation, or to hand some out. Either way, I’m being honest. It’s not that I don’t love them. Of course I do. It’s not even that I don’t usually like them. It’s just sometimes…. [Read More]

Why We Chose Waldorf Education

Noah, 2.5 years old. The day before he became a big brother!

Noah was two and a half years old, and I was days away from delivering my second little tiny, Milly. I sat in my arm chair and watched the case worker from Early Intervention kneel down next to Noah, asking him to hand her the baby doll she had given him, mere moments before. Noah… [Read More]

The Jekyll and Hyde of children

I’m leaving for a trip tomorrow. Four whole glorious days to focus on me. It feels a bit selfish, but it’s not. I need it. I need time with friends, time to focus on my career, skills and networking. I even need some time alone. My kids know I’m leaving. At four and six, we are… [Read More]

Good Parents Leave Their Kids Behind

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Good parents leave their children behind. BAM! How does that sit with you? Whether it be for a night, a long weekend, or for an entire week, good parents leave their children behind. They do it regularly. They do it with confidence. Good parents leave their children behind knowing that everything will be okay while… [Read More]

A day trip gone wrong; our trip to the maple sugar house

Drop by Drop this bucket collects maple sap.

I like a little pancake with my maple syrup, how about you?  It’s delicious and one of my favorite sugars.  New England living has me spoiled by the local sugar houses delivering their syrup to our grocery stores.  I willingly spend the extra few dollars to buy their maple syrup because it tastes fantastic and supports the local producers…. [Read More]