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Encouraging Young Writers…

I came upstairs to tuck my daughter in and found her wall plastered with fictitious missing pet posters. I cracked up because each one was carefully labeled, “THIS IS FAKE” lest someone think Salt and Jack were actually lost. I love writing activities that encourage imagination, I love them even more when my seven year old thinks them up herself. How much fun would this be … Continue reading Encouraging Young Writers…

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1 Big {Health} Reason to Take Active “Brain Breaks” During the School Day

Parents, especially of girls need to read this article: http://nyti.ms/1KAhec8 Kid sit up to 8.5 hours a day…after a single session of prolonged inactivity, the children developed changes in their blood flow and arteries that, in grown-ups, would signal the start of serious cardiovascular problems. We just attended Back to School night at my daughter’s school and the teacher was so excited to have a schedule … Continue reading 1 Big {Health} Reason to Take Active “Brain Breaks” During the School Day

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Interview Excerpt from The Artful Parent

I was recently interviewed by Jean Van’t Hul of the website The Artful Parent. I’ve admired her site for a long time and celebrated her successes as an author. When she reached out to me for an interview I was over the moon! Here’s one of my favorite responses, she had some challenging questions for me! JEAN:  Why do you believe creativity is important to foster in … Continue reading Interview Excerpt from The Artful Parent

Winter Woods Trek

Hooray for snow! Just enough snow fell that we were able to enjoy its beauty without grumbling about cold toes and plowing woes. Above is a picture out our living room window of our “frog pond.” Remember the tadpoles we watched develop in the spring? They are now sound asleep in the muck at the bottom of the pond, I’m sure they’re enjoying their long … Continue reading Winter Woods Trek

Embracing Simplicity during Christmas

I think as you have children, everything becomes more magical — especially around the holidays. As Claire has gotten older (this will be Christmas # 5 for her, although I’m sure she’s forgotten the first few) I’ve gotten excited myself just watching her anticipation and excitement grow as we draw closer and closer to the 25th. In front of the BIG tree in Boston, MA … Continue reading Embracing Simplicity during Christmas

A Big Hello to New Readers!

Wow, hello world! Nothing like a few thousand visitors in one day stopping by to say hi! A lot of new friends have arrived since Marie of Make and Takes wrote about Chalk In My Pocket as one of the “9 kid craft sites you’ve got to know.” I’m unbelievably flattered, and thrilled to be sharing the spotlight with a bunch of my favorite bloggers. … Continue reading A Big Hello to New Readers!