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Lessons from Your Mother

May 10, 2019

We asked this simple, yet profound question a small group of friends to finish this sentence:  When my children grow up, what is one memory I hope they remember with fondness and want to pass along to their own children?  

We were overwhelmed by the wonderful responses we received, each so funny or touching or inspiring, and all perfect. Please read on for the full list of submissions, and Happy Mother’s Day...

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A Rainbow of Activities with Mandalas

A Rainbow of Activities with Mandalas

April 30, 2019

We adore well-made toys – especially loose parts that encourage open-ended play. My daughters Rose and Jane are three and almost five, so we’re drawn to items that stand the test of time, inspiring their imaginations and evolving with them as they develop and grow and change. I also prefer to choose pieces that are aesthetically beautiful; messes are so much more pleasant when they’re nice to look at.  When our friends at Cloth started carrying Grapat’s Mandala sets, I knew we needed to start collecting them......

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Thoughtful Ways to Indulge Post-Holiday

Thoughtful Ways to Indulge Post-Holiday

January 09, 2019

Welcome to the New Year.  Like any mother, I love to treat to my kids. I love to see their eyes light up in front of something special or inviting. I love that look in their eyes when I can say yes and the delight that follows an invitation to go out for an ice cream, or a special cup of hot cocoa—just me and them.

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Open-Ended Toys for Imaginative and Meaningful Play

Open-Ended Toys for Imaginative and Meaningful Play

November 19, 2018

Children use play experiences to develop physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills, and they test these skills, day in and day out. When it comes to play, kids know what to do – it’s like how we are born with certain instincts – playing is engrained in us from the start. And open-ended play – or, free play – is a child’s natural language.

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