Book Review: How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson


Author: Scott D. Sampson Title: How To Raise a Wild Child Publication Info: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015 Summary/Review: Dr. Scott of Dinosaur Train fame wrote this book about how parents and other concerned adults can inspire children to “Get up, get outside, and get into nature.”  This grew from the concern over the increasing disconnect of children…

Book Review: The Myth of the Spoiled Child by Alfie Kohn


Author: Alfie Kohn Title: The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting Narrator: Alfie Kohn Publication Info:Tantor Audio (2014) Summary/Review: The current generation of children are often described by the media, politicians, and even parents as entitled and narcissistic.  Alfie Kohn shows through his research that 1. similar statements have been…

Book Review: Fifteen Minutes Outside by Rebecca P. Cohen


Author: Rebecca P. Cohen Title: Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids Publication Info: Sourcebooks (2011) Summary/Review: This book exists because parent Rebecca Cohen asked herself: “What if I got outside every single day, and what if I could get my kids to come along? It would be easier…

Lilac Sunday


Jamaica Plain continued welcoming in the spring with Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum.  We took some time to pedal our bikes and sniff the petals.  Here are a few photos. Related Posts: Lilac Sunday, YEAH! Fall Foliage Festival at Arnold Arboretum Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday

Concert Review: Alastair Moock


Today my family & I attended a special performance by singer/songwriter/folk troubadour Alastair Moock at the Children’s Music Center of Jamaica Plain.  Moock, himself a father of four-year-old twins, entertained both his young audience and their parents with selections from his album A Cow Says Moock, some new songs, and some timeless children’s classics. I…

Book Review: Young Children and Spirituality by Barbara Kimes Myers


Author: Barbara Kimes Myers Title: Young Children and Spirituality Publication Info: New York : Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 0415916550 Summary/Review: This book disappointed me mostly because it was not what I expected – namely a book that would help me as a parent understand my child’s spiritual needs.  This book is more of a psychology and…

Sesame Street at 40


Today is the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street which debuted on November 10, 1969.  I’m dedicating my posts for the rest of this week in tribute to this pioneering children’s show that is one of my all time favorite television programs of any genre.  I was part of the first generation to watch Sesame Street…

Book Review: The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.


Author: Harvey Karp, M.D. Title: The Happiest Toddler on the Block Publication Info: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780553805215 Summary/Review: Karp’s follow-up to The Happiest Baby on the Block offers very practical advice to parents for dealing with the toddler years of 1 to 4 years old.  I think it’s an even…

Old MacDonald’s Farm


I often find myself idly surfing the net and making discoveries of something from my past. Recently, I became reacquainted with Old Macdonald’s Farm, a place in Norwalk, CT that I loved to visit when I was very young.  Before being closed and replaced by a corporate office park, Old Macdonald’s Farm had: an old-fashioned…

Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday


I hesistate to put “Lilac Sunday” into the title of this post since I didn’t see any lilacs on my visit.  Susan, Peter & I took a lovely Mother’s Day walk on a sunny, blustery day and arrived at Arnold Arboretum fairly early in the morning.  This is a good time to get there on…

Commuting with kids in Boston


I’ve hesitated to write anything on this blog from a parenting perspective since I’m such a novice parent, but after 17 months as Daddy I think there’s one issue I can write about and maybe actually be helpful:  commuting with kids.  Or one child at least.  My son Peter has been riding the T since…

Concert Review: Tunes, Tales & Tricksters


On Sunday, the Forest Hills Educational Trust and Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston presented a family concert in the lovely Forsyth Chapel called Tunes, Tales & Tricksters. The theme of the concert was stories, conversations, and communication through music. Hans Indigo Spencer narrated the event by telling stories about the pieces and involving the children…

Lilac Sunday, YEAH!


First, an explanation of the title. Lilac Sunday is an annual event at Arnold Arboretum celebrated this year for the 100th time. 8 years ago Susan and I were walking through Central Square in Cambridge talking about going to Lilac Sunday and maybe sending lilacs to our mothers for Mothers Day. At this point, the…

Book Review: The Happiest Baby on the Block


The Happiest Baby on the Block (2004) is a self-help book for new parents to help soothe fussy babies recommended to us by several of our fellow new parents. Harvey Karp, M.D., whom our pediatrician calls a “goofy genius,” puts together a package of skills to help calm even the fussiest of babies.  While he…

Somerville Works Together Against Child Obesity


My hometown made the front page of the Wall Street Journal on May 10, 2007 (As Child Obesity Surges, One Town Finds Way to Slim: Somerville, Mass Goes Beyond Schools to Push Exercise, Good Eating by Tara Parker-Pope). I do love how they characterize a densely-populated urban area as a town. Anyhow, it’s good to…

Notes from the Walk for Hunger


Another successful this Sunday. 43,000 people participated raising a record 3.3-million dollars for 400 emergency food programs in Massachusetts! Of course, with poverty on the rise every one of those $3.3-million and more will be needed. It’s not too late to donate, so drop by my personal walk page and make a secure online donation….