Dear Amanda: To Enrich or Not to Enrich?

Dear Amanda is an elementary school teacher and parent of two school age children who provides honest and straightforward advice geared toward all things education. Here’s the twist: she will answer your question as a parent as well as a teacher. These two opinions, while different, can provide a refreshing take on topics we care […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for New Moms

Mother’s day is coming up! If you’re a new dad, you might be a little stuck on ideas. If you’re not part of the family, but looking for a present, it can be hard to choose the perfect one. There’s a lot of pressure to provide a good gift, especially for the first year. After […]

Explore The Many Ways of Active Play

Play is an integral part of childhood, but in recent years play has started to slow down with active alternatives replaced with video games and online interaction. Active play is a great way to keep kids healthy and moving at any age, but a lot of parents don’t know where to start. If you’re trying […]

A Playground Safety Checklist for Parents

It’s never been easier for kids to spend an entire Saturday seated. Almost unthinkable a few generations ago, kids today have so many passive entertainment options to where they exercise nothing except their thumbs and eyeballs. Although there’s nothing wrong with TV time or playing video games with friends every so often, kids today are at risk […]

Why Unstructured Play is So Important

Spring is finally here! It is a great time to be outdoors and play with your children. Play is so important for your children, especially unstructured outdoor play. While structured play is also important, that is activities that involve instruction with an adult like sports or arts classes, it is important to not overbook your child with these […]