A kid who is passionate about reading is passionate about life.
A mistake that even book-phobic grown-ups make is that reading a book is a self-contained exercise. Avid readers know better. A good storybook is a glimpse into another world, but it is also an exploration of the world around us.
Human nature and all of human culture – love, hate, work, play, language, gestures – go under the microscope. A kid that reads is a kid that’s hungry to learn about the world and the…Continue
Added by Marilyn on June 22, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments
One of the toughest things any mom has to face on a daily basis is finding things to keep your kids entertained. Young kids love to be creative, but ‘creative’ usually means ‘messy’, whether that means getting paint all over your…Continue
Added by Marilyn on June 20, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments
There’s so much new parenting advice and faddish trends out there that it can be hard to really know what’s best for your own kids. One source of knowledge, however, that has billions of adherents is that which has been passed down from generation to generation and become the foundation of parenting in different cultures.
Here are some of the most interesting examples of…Continue
Added by Marilyn on May 1, 2018 at 11:29am — No Comments
Kids have the strangest memories. They’ve not yet learned to slow down and play things sensibly, so while they can remember a bunch more details than their moms about something that fascinated them, the important stuff seems to slip through their minds like a sieve.
Teaching them to be punctual or the importance of homework can be kind of pointless if they’ve no framework for remembering the times of things or memorizing facts and figures. Fortunately, such a framework does exist – or…Continue
Added by Marilyn on November 17, 2017 at 12:35pm — No Comments
One of the toughest things with bringing up kids is figuring out how involved you should get in their school life. Moms can’t know best about everything – and schools are (ideally) staffed with teaching and learning experts who should grow to understand your little one and figure out how to help…Continue
Added by Marilyn on October 4, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
How can you make science education more fun? Well, how about introducing some of the weird and wacky units of measurement that tend to be excluded from regular science lessons?
There’s not an ounce of fun in a centimeter, while miles-per-hour can induce a gallon of yawns. But across humankind’s long history of measuring stuff, we’ve come up with a few funnier ways to count, tot-up and otherwise quantify the world around us.
You can catch your kid’s attention with the ‘Mickey’,…Continue
Added by Marilyn on October 4, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments
With record sales in 2016, gin has never been so popular in the UK. Boasting established distilleries and a growing number of boutique manufacturers, it's a gin lover's paradise. But with so much choice, where is the best place to…Continue
Added by Marilyn on August 24, 2017 at 4:04am — No Comments
Bees are amazing! They truly bring a garden to life with their sound and color, and – more importantly – the hard work they do to pollinate your flowers. Kids love them for their cartoonish appearance and the imaginative stories that they inspire. Yet, sadly, we’re seeing…Continue
Added by Marilyn on August 16, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments
The onion is a truly powerful tool for any family chef, spicing up the dullest of ingredients and adding depth to dishes that might otherwise fail to inspire your demanding clientele. Yet onions, too, can become boring when presented the same way night after night. Trying a different preparation technique not only livens the flavors, but keeps the act of cooking interesting for you,…Continue
Added by Marilyn on August 11, 2017 at 1:13pm — No Comments
A nice, spacious room is a real luxury to have in your home, giving you the chance to stretch out, breathe the air, and arrange your furniture without being beholden to space issues. But if there’s one more thing that a big room means, it’s big walls.
Whether you go for a minimalist coat of paint or you try to break up the expanse with a patterned wallpaper, that stretch of surface can still make you feel lonesome and cold and craving for a cozier space. Take…Continue
Added by Marilyn on August 10, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Preparing food for your family day after day and week after week can be a tiresome task. Even without the conflicting demands of your diverse clan, you want to keep things interesting for yourself – and meal after meal of the same uninspiring flavors can soon erode your appetite.
There are two solutions on offer (discounting the option to run away and live in the woods for the winter). You can drive yourself crazy trying to come up with something new to cook each night, or you can get…Continue
Added by Marilyn on July 25, 2017 at 9:09am — No Comments
Have you ever driven away in the car, only to see your dog pining in the window? These tips will ensure you’ll never have to leave them behind, while still knowing they’re safe.
Added by Marilyn on July 24, 2017 at 1:08pm — No Comments
Of all the tweaks you can make around your house to change the way you feel, few can be simpler or more effective than the addition of a houseplant. Yet many folk shy away from committing to that ‘potted pet’ because, to the uninitiated, the pot plant may not seem simple at all.
While of course, if you are a horticultural expert or bonsai specialist, you can…Continue
Added by Marilyn on July 4, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
The 21st century and the dawn of the digital age have brought with them a host of exciting new crimes to worry about, from online identity fraud to the remote hijacking of autonomous vehicles…Continue
Added by Marilyn on June 19, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
A family home is a massive and complex machine. From stubborn windows, to uncleanable ovens, to attics that refuse to clear themselves out, it’s a miracle that your house remains operational. But without a little attention here and there, things can get out of hand – and ultimately more expensive to deal with.
A sagging gate that won’t close
Gravity takes its toll on garden gates over the years, and eventually the business-end…Continue
Added by Marilyn on May 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments
House-hunting is a complex process. There are so many factors to balance, from your budget to the area to the condition of the place you’re thinking to buy.
And that’s without taking into account the style of the house itself! Perhaps you have big ideas about how you’d like to decorate or the amenities that you need, but if you’re new to the market and you haven’t given much thought to architecture in the past, it can be a good idea to do a bit of research into the kinds of features…Continue
Added by Marilyn on May 22, 2017 at 3:25pm — No Comments
Buying a house isn’t something they teach you about in school, it’s something you have to figure out for yourself – which is why sharing wisdom about the process can be so valuable.
There are many things to think about when you go to check out an intriguing place, and they aren’t all 100% intuitive. Knowing the right things to look for and the right questions to ask requires a little preparation up front.
For example, you might look past a messy owner’s failure to…Continue
Added by Marilyn on May 17, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments
It doesn’t matter how big your house is – pretty much everyone thinks they could use a bit more space. Everyone you know talks about how they need to have a major clear out ‘soon’. And everyone gets exasperated at least once a day when tripping over something that should have been tidied away… if only there was room.…Continue
Added by Marilyn on May 14, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments
Eating out is a treat for most people, but for restaurants it’s a daily business. They know more about your ordering behaviour than you do — and they use their wisdom to get you paying more. But not anymore! Check out the 11 tips below and follow the advice from Quid Corner to get ahead of their tricks.
1. They put higher-profit…Continue
Added by Marilyn on May 12, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments
There’s nothing like a tea party to put a bit of oomph into the week. It’s a great opportunity to liven up a Saturday or to get those stay-at-home parents and kids together in the afternoon. Everybody gets to socialize, get out of the house, treat themselves to some fancy food and drink – and it doesn’t take as much work as a dinner party, especially if you encourage the other mums and dads…Continue
Added by Marilyn on May 10, 2017 at 6:46am — No Comments