My high school English teacher’s birthday was this week. My mom posted on her Facebook wall and thanked her for teaching my sisters and I how to write. She taught all of us–over the course of nine years. In the exchange that followed I was reminded of all the things my sisters and I shared growing up in the same family, despite the fact that we were spread across nearly a decade in age. Family is a gift–even when it’s a struggle.
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The Day We Changed Our Family Dinners
Mickey Mansfield shares how they adapted their family dinners to make sure they stayed a priority.
- We have totally let family dinners slide during busy weekdays–who’s with me? My husband and I realized how much we were missing, so we changed our family dinners.
Kicking the Habit: Managing Electronics (and Managing Me)
Rachel Donahue takes a trip down memory lane and recalls how to manage electronics.
- Last night we were reminiscing with some college friends about the good old days. “Remember when you had to print out MapQuest directions to get to someone’s house?”
“Oooh, or when you had to actually give directions on how to get there? ‘When you see the Waffle House, turn left and go about two miles until you get to the neighborhood… take the first left, then the first right, then we’re the fourth house on the left.”
Brilliant Family Read-Aloud Books for Kids of Different Ages
If you’ve got kids whose ages range, finding family read-alouds might be a challenge. Melissa Taylor has you covered.
- A reader recently wrote to me asking for read-aloud chapter book ideas that appeal to different ages of kids. Whether you’re taking a family road trip or at home reading with kids of different ages, you want books that ALL your kids will enjoy.
But is it even possible to find a book that kids of different ages will enjoy together?
Why We Need Frog And Toad More Than Ever
Joshua Gibbs re-introduces his favorite characters.
- f I were not a Christian, Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad books would be my holy scripture. When I meet a sane adult, I assume his sanity comes largely from having heard Frog and Toad stories in his youth. Yesterday, I read my sophomore humanities students four stories from a Frog and Toadanthology. It would be impolite to assume you, noble reader, are not intimately familiar with all the Frog and Toad stories, but, in case too many years have elapsed between today and your last reading, I will briefly describe the four stories.
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The Wild Truth About Coming Home
Adam Callis digs out truth from a classic.
- A deep truth needs time to simmer and grow. It’s rare that we humans ever come to know something as being true and beautiful right at the moment we first see it. And oftentimes, we may never see something for its beauty until long afterwards. But there are certain occasions when realizations come over us like gifts from somewhere beyond, and in those moments, it’s as if the world has grown before our very eyes, so that for the briefest of moments, we can see new details of our lives that we had previously overlooked.
Anne-Books for Young Readers
Laura Peterson finds a new way to spend time with one of her favorite redheads.
- Of all the characters in the whole wide world of children’s books, one of my very favorites is a red-haired orphan from Prince Edward Island. I’m sure you know the one—she answers to the name of Anne of Green Gables. The Anne books have a special place in my heart, as I know they do in the hearts of so many other women and girls for whom Anne has been a literary “kindred spirit.”
Something to Do with Your Kids
It’s Farmer’s Market season (in most of North America) and you might needsome ideas of what to do with the kids at the market.
Something to Watch
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors’ new single is a celebration of family–in all of it’s craziness.
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