10 Ways to Raise Fearless Kids

Being a perfectionist is no fun. In fact it can be downright paralyzing. Fear of failure limits life to safe choices where there are no mistakes, but also no daring ideas or the kind of pluck that leads you to exploration and adventure. The good news is, fearlessness is a learned behavior. The bad news […]

10 Tricks to Traveling on Planes with Toddlers

By Jenna Hall There are lots of great resources out there for traveling with children, but in our experience traveling back and forth from the US to the UK, these are the 10 best tricks to traveling on planes with young children (and getting compliments on how well-behaved they were when we arrive!) Save your […]

On Raising Great Kids: An Ode to Strangers

By Nancy Blakey One day, when the kids were little and filled with a pre-school vision of the world, we picked up my mother at the airport.  I had a baby on my back, two toddlers by the hand and my five-year-old daughter steering the way through the crowds.  We turned a corner to a […]

An Easy and A Hard Way to Travel with Kids

One day many years ago I was listening to NPR when a fascinating piece came on about zebras. Even though their distinctive stripes make them stand out on the African plain individually, collectively their patterns merge, making it difficult for a predator to visually isolate just one and pick it from the herd. Alone they […]

Packed for the Park Adventure Bag

By Paula Solis Krock I’ve invited a guest blogger, Kristin Bauer from Everyday Organizing to share with us her ideas for Packed for the Park and some strategies for enjoying summer with our kids. For more great ideas and her full Packed in the Park post, be sure to check out her blog! Sunny days  in Seattle  means J&A are […]

Wild Child: Camping with Kids Gear List

By Paula Solis Krock Ready, set pack! You’ve made your reservations and now you are ready to get going on this adventure! While this list isn’t comprehensive it is the camping gear my family needs to make it a successful camping trip! For other camping stuff information see this Tripfinders list Tent Tarp (for under […]

Full Speed Ahead! Travel Activities for Kids

Successful traveling with young children largely depends upon three things: healthy snacks (we all know a hungry child is a cranky one,) plenty of stops to stretch little legs if you are traveling by car, and diversions to engage hands and minds for making time pass quickly. Here’s help with the diversion part of your […]

Family Camping Trips; Looking Ahead to Summer

It is time to start planning those Family Camping trips! A study was done where 115 adults were asked to remember their favorite childhood activity and over 75% of them said it was an outdoors play experience! No wonder, the outdoors allows a child to be a pirate, an adventurer, a scientist and an explorer–to […]

On the Road with Kids: 10 Tips and Tricks

by Rebecca Lemar You don’t need hand held devices or DVD players for an easy road trip with kids. Open my minivan and you’ll find these things (they work great for carpools too!): Rotating library books – I keep a small basket of library books in the car. Once a week we visit the library […]

Kisses and Band-Aids: A Child’s First Aid Kit

by Rebecca Lemar Summer is a time of scraped knees, bee stings and splinters, and whether you have a toddler learning to walk or a reckless speed demon on a bike, there are things parents can do to help ease the pain when the inevitable happens. Number One Way of soothing an owie? Kisses! How […]

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