Tag Archives: parenting

Why I stopped wearing risque Halloween costumes

Having a birthday so close to Halloween meant Octobers were always filled with dressing up as a child. Costumes for such occasions were never bought pre-packaged, but created by the very hands that would eventually poke through the sleeves. If it were necessary to purchase an accessory to complete the look, such as a witch’s […]

Local Orchard Mistaken for Hollywood Set

Tucked between two goat stables, a local bluegrass trio provides background music on a warm autumn day at a bustling apple orchard. In appreciation of the tunes, a group of kids, including my 6-year-old daughter, Lexi, dance an interpretative-irish-step-ballet-hip-hop number. My view of this Disney-coated mosh-pit is mostly blocked as I sit at a nearby […]

WHERE are you reading?

When the warm sunshine isn’t beckoning us, it’s sometimes harder to think about getting outdoors. As the colder weather starts to settle in, I’ve begun to think about different ways to keep screentime to a minimum. One of the things we will be doing each week, is taking our books with us on an “adventure.” Often […]

Getting outside with a purpose

When I first had the idea of a “screen free” summer, I was unsure of how to approach the subject with a 5-year-old. How would I explain that Sofia the First and The Pioneer Woman (girl likes her cooking shows) wouldn’t be spending much time with us during vacation? I wouldn’t. From my experience, which […]

Looking at a familiar place with new eyes

“This is so fun,” she squealed, sifting sand into a pail of water. Moments later she repeated the sentiment: “This is SO fun!” Hours earlier, Lexi walked out of school with an entire year of kindergarten behind her. As the tiny humans showered one another with affection, shouting “have a good summer … see you […]

This summer, my daughter and I are going on a digital detox. Join us?

Somewhere in between being an active child and having a child of my own, the hopping, skipping and jumping was replaced with clicking, swiping and scrolling. Well, not this summer.