There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than taking the kids to a splash pad: it’s all the cooling ...
Well-meaning older relatives give us this advice. It’s written on glossy pamphlets meant to help. Signs on the walls of ...
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Emily jumped up onto Noah and threw her legs around him; he supported her weight effortlessly. We all smiled. Laughed a little. They were adorable. My nephew Noah was a freshman football player. Emily, a family friend, was 6 years old. I envied the simple, straightforward innocence. Emily looked up to Noah. He probably thought […]
Now that my father-in-law has retired, my in-laws spend from July until October in Michigan. So instead of driving 5 minutes down the road for weekly dinners, I had the wonderful option of flying with a crazy toddler, my moody tween, and my always charming husband or drive 1,050 miles (each way) to spend a […]
We are supposed to teach our kids that failing is how you learn. And I do tell my 8 year old this a lot. He is smart, so school subjects have come easily. Sports don’t always. Games don’t always. Life skills don’t always. And it frustrates him. He likes to try things. And when he […]
Ever had an idea and a passion but weren’t sure where to start? Lisa Gomes is an impressive example of what happens when you just go for it. A preschool teacher for over twenty years, Lisa started to get the itch to branch out into a new adventure a couple of years ago although she […]
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Autumn in New England is beautiful — there is no doubt about that. But for me, the changing leaves signal the start of something a little less beautiful. As the amount of sunlight decreases each day, it affects my mood. I have battled for many years with a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder. You may […]
Cooler temperatures are (hopefully) on the way in Rhode Island, which means soon fuzzy sweaters, comfy boots, and pumpkin spice lattes will abound. And with the fall season comes some of my favorite fall activities – pumpkin picking! My kids just love hayrides followed by scouring fields in search of the perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkins. Then […]
Do you VUDU? If your response is that you aren’t sure what VUDU is, then be prepared for me to make your life a little easier! Parenting is hard so sometimes. It’s the little life hacks that we fixate on and feel the need to share with the world. For me, that small thing was […]
When I was in college, I lived at home and commuted back and forth to class. I didn’t have the “traditional” college experience. I kept mainly to myself, and most semesters I planned all of my classes in a row so I could get on and off campus quickly. Despite this, I managed to make […]
What? A national holiday to celebrate a grandparent? Is this another commercialized marketing scheme? I sure was skeptical at first until I dug deeper. Then I realized: this is truly an important day and a nationalized holiday. Digging Into History A woman named Marian McQuade made it her goal to educate youth in her community […]