Essay: My 9 year old has insomnia here’s what I learned

OCTOBER 11, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond Our 9-year-old son has recently been battling insomnia, lying awake each night until 10 or 11 p.m. The rare nights he falls asleep easily, our son often has nightmares that he is either reluctant or unable to describe. Lately, he has been logging only about eight hours of […]

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Confronting the conflicts of cleaning out the garage

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond This month we cleaned out our garage—a gargantuan chore that involved the whole family and threatened to send a rift through my marriage. I am a doer and a purger. My husband is a procrastinator and a saver. Our opposing qualities balance each other in many circumstances and […]

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The end of my suburban honeymoon

AUGUST 10, 2016 By Layney Wells A year and a half after moving to the suburbs I find myself itching with the familiar desire to uproot and move; preoccupied with the persistent feeling that I don’t belong here. The honeymoon is over. I wake at 4 a.m. and tiptoe downstairs, avoiding the stairs that creak, […]

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The daily grind: What to make for dinner

AUGUST 3, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond My oldest daughter, the only one of our three children with a sophisticated palate, rarely gets to sample the diversity of dishes she was born to enjoy. Georgia’s twin brother and younger sister are finicky eaters, subsisting almost entirely on a chicken nugget and cereal diet. My husband […]

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Instead of grieving, mom ‘evolves’ with autistic son

JULY 27, 2016 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer It’s been over a decade since my son George, 13, was diagnosed with autism, which means that it’s been that long that I’ve been a member of certain tribe: that of special needs parents. Through the ups and downs of the challenges that my husband and I have faced […]

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Making our escape

JULY 20, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond My mood was almost festive – we would have no childcare responsibilities for the next three days and be alone together for the first time in two years. On a recent Friday, I was one of the first to push my cart into the Wynnewood Giant when the […]

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Summer survival: Stop the kids from fighting over nothing

JULY 13, 2016 By Tamar Chansky We love summer! No homework, no packed lunches, nowhere to go. Nowhere to go? Yes, because apparently your kids have nowhere they need to be except in each other’s hair and under each other’s skin. Welcome to the other side of summer: Bored, responsibility-deficient kids, hunkered down at home […]

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The case for the summer slide

JULY 4, 2016 By Jeff Bogle My two pre-teen daughters have just put a bow on ten months of early morning instrument rehearsals, after school honor society meetings, cumbersome class projects and nightly homework assignments. It’s been a good year, one that bore witness to tremendous growth inside and out of school, but it’s been […]

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8 ways to stop scorekeeping in your relationship

JUNE 29, 2016 By Tamar Chansky None of us want to admit to being a scorekeeper in our relationships. Behaving that way would mean that we are petty, small-minded, immature, or self-centered, not to mention grudging or stingy — all the attributes that grate on the very soul of our more evolved, generous, gracious, gratitude-trained […]

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10 cheap summer dates in Philly

JUNE 23, 2016 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer You’ve made it! You’ve cleared your calendar and the sitter’s arrived. For most parents, getting out of the house together is no small accomplishment. You want to enjoy your time together and not stress about the money you’re spending for the sitter—and dinner, movie tickets, etc. Date nights become […]

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Accepting my body through my kids’ eyes

JUNE 15, 2016 By Layney Wells Sometime within the last year or so both my boys have told me in the most matter of fact of ways that they wished their bellies weren’t so curved. They wanted instead, to look like the pictures they see of superheroes. They wanted big muscles. The beginning of my […]

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67 free things to do with kids in Philadelphia 2016

JUNE 8, 2016 By Jen Bradley Welcome to our 2016 guide to keeping your kids happy and entertained on a budget this summer. 1. Head to Dilworth Park on a hot summer day to play in the fountains in the tall shadow of Billy Penn and City Hall. Check out their special events for concerts, food and bocce. 2. […]

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When your kids manage to amaze you

JUNE 1, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond One of the ways that children render their existence tolerable to their parents — giving us the stamina to endure their fiery outbursts and relentless demands — is through their uncanny ability to amaze us at the most unexpected times. For instance, my 9-year-old son suddenly decided the […]

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Raising twins — multiplied, not divided

MAY 23, 2016 By Layney Wells It never occurred to me that I would have twins. And so when the obstetrician announced at my first ultrasound that there were two heartbeats, I was floored. Since then, I’ve become accustomed to the endless barrage of questions about conceiving twins, carrying twins and raising twins. No, twins don’t […]

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6 weekend activities for Philly families

MAY 13, 2016 By Jen Bradley This weekend’s lineup brings social justice, cirque, the arts and nature. Friday & Saturday: La Verità Part love story, part dreamscape, La Verità unfolds as a colorful, acrobatic, and surreal poem where rhinos juggle, wine corks fall from the sky, and a feast of physical feats unfold before a […]

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Learning to let my kids make a mess

MAY 10, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond I am up at 3 a.m., looking at our rain-slick deck and wondering why I cannot sleep, a fairly frequent occurrence in my middle age when worries often chase me through the early morning hours. As I listen to the hush of my husband and three children peacefully […]

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Sharing my love of baseball with my daughters

MAY 4, 2016 By Jeff Bogle A couple Fridays ago I was on the Turnpike, heading into the sunset, away from my parents’ house, when I excitedly rang my oldest daughter (using Bluetooth – safety first!). She was at home, snuggled in bed alongside her little sister and her mom, watching cartoons on Netflix. Turns out […]

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Teaching our kids to talk politics (nicely)

APRIL 25, 2016 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer In September 2004, I was driving on a single lane road in Chester County with my toddler son in his car seat. The windows were rolled down and I was singing along with the radio while my son dozed. Suddenly a car pulled up next to me and the […]

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What (not) to say to your college-bound senior

APRIL 18, 2016 By Tamar Chansky This month, students will be receiving their college acceptances and rejections (advice on how to handle those here…) Parents, thrilled for their student’s success, often assume a stance of “going easy on the kids” and letting them off the hook with responsibilities. Kids are only too happy to oblige. […]

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