Challenge 1: This is an outing for beginners: go to your favorite coffee/tea venue. You have about five more months to enjoy cafe culture.
After many sessions of Music Together, this is my unpaid love letter to the class that fills the void in my afternoon and my home with music!
Movies today are louder, faster-paced, and more startling than they were when we were kids. I have only noticed that because when I’m at the movies (without kids) I am aware of what sensory overload it would be for little ones. Add that to any sensitivities with which a child may be hardwired, and movies […]
If you and your baby are home before your mate, the activity/game of the day is to build a simple fort with a sheet draped over a large table and wait to be discovered. I recommend strategically placed binder clips to secure the loose edges. To make it fun for the baby, bring pillows and […]
I met our guest writer today, Nicola, at a cafe in Oakland. She — an Australian and a recent transplant to the Bay Area — questioned why our cafes don’t offer babyccinos to children who accompany their parents. I didn’t know what she meant, and asked her to explain, via a blog post. Nicola is […]
This activity is especially good if you feel like your living room is already an obstacle course — now it can be on purpose! Set up an obstacle course so your baby can test his mobility skills (crawling, rolling, lurching, flailing, whatever!). Try a couple of pillows, some toys, a plastic bowl, and (to make […]
For rainy or snowy days with little kids, you don’t have to be stuck inside counting the minutes until your partner gets home. There are at least 49 things more fun to do together! Let me explain. Yes, I realize my daughter might not forgive me for this picture later in life. But she was […]
When my son was a toddler, an outing to Barnes & Noble to visit the train table in the children’s section there could take up half our day. Thomas trains were an adorable obsession. There was no limit to the length of time he could spend connecting Thomas, Henry, and James, plus nine others whose […]
Do you guys watch Shark Tank? My husband and I watch it pretty regularly; it’s a good wind-down after an episode of something tense like The Americans or Bloodline. Recently one lucky entrepreneur who got a chance to showcase her business on Shark Tank was the founder of a service called Float Baby. Parents who […]
We are big fans of the I Spy books, starting with the board book versions I bought when Julian was a baby. We play “I Spy” with regular books, too, and now we’ve graduated into Where’s Waldo? territory. When Julian was four, he and I did a little photo shoot with big plans — still […]
My favorite thing about parenting a toddler was finding fun in unexpected places. When I had time and patience, of course. A pile of gravel outside someone’s house? Let’s examine it! A dude hanging a sign? Let’s watch! A woman sweeping her porch? Maybe she’ll let you try it! Hardware stores are full of fun […]
I am driving from Yosemite back to my house in Berkeley, suffering a little case of family-gatherings-mostly-take-place-indoors-especially-when-you’ve-rented-a-cabin-in-the-winter, so I bring you a few thematically linked posts. All intended to help fight the Stir Crazies. Fussy newborn? Bounce it out. Or just get out of the house. Place baby in front carrier, zip jacket around her, […]