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Happier Birthday to You!

Fun, Old-Fashioned Birthday Party Ideas

. Today’s post comes to us from Sally Mills Butzin, the mother half of the mother/daughter writing team  behind Best Buddies Birthdays, a guide to homemade, low-tech b-day parties. I agree with everything Sally writes below, and yet must confess that when my kids were young we did all sorts of pricey parties, including one at […]

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HI NEIGHBOR! WAKE UP! I GOT IN BY CLIMBING THE FENCE. LET ME PET YOUR DOG! WHY ARE YOU SO GRUMPY? WAAAAAKE UP!

What Happens When Happy Free-Range Kids are Also Rude and Loud?

. Here’s a letter that had me wondering what to do, too: Dear Free-Range Kids: Curious as to how to best handle this. I have no children of my own, but I do have three dogs. My neighbors (row house neighborhood), let their three young children out to play alone, regularly. This is AWESOME. Kids […]

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At least someone still gets to enjoy the backyard. For now.

Playrooms, Not Yards

. Sometimes you have to look at our culture like an anthropologist: What artifacts are precious to the people of today, what activities are protected? It is with those glasses on that we examine this article in Acculturated, which quotes a real estate agent saying: “Buyers today — especially millennial buyers — want everyone to have […]

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