Is there anything cuter than a little kid in a paper crown? Follow these easy instructions to create your own patriotic paper crowns just in time for the Fourth of July! Materials: Red, white, and blue construction paper; scissors; pipe cleaners;...
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Obstacle courses are great fun for kids of all ages, and they can be made out of just about anything you have around the house!   Boston Moms contributor Sarah Casimiro used things she already had in her backyard to create...
The Boston Moms Neighborhood Firework Find starts NOW! Much like the “bear hunts,” “rainbow walks,” and “egg hunts” we saw earlier this spring, the Neighborhood Firework Find allows us to SEE “fireworks” — even without our typical town displays! Print...
Straw fireworks are simple, great for all ages, and only require a few supplies! Boston Moms contributor Shannon Gibson had a wonderful time creating this patriotic artwork with her little ones!  Supplies Needed: Flexible straws Tape Paper Red and blue paint Steps:   Gather six or seven straws...
This easy Fourth of July craft is perfect for little hands that aren’t quite ready for more elaborate crafting, and it's also an awesome occupational therapy activity! It’s easily modified for sensory-sensitive kiddos who don’t like to get their...
As a mother of three little ones who also works outside the home, I keep a lot of schedules in my brain. In summer, it feels like everyone is doing something new every week, and it's a challenge to keep track of it all. I have definitely had moments of panic when I forget where my oldest is and think that I've forgotten to pick her up on time. I'll be grateful to get back into the school routine and have it stay the same for the next nine months!
Before becoming a parent, I thought I understood cabin fever. And, sure, after a few days inside I might get antsy, but I still relished slow days curled up with coffee and binge watching Netflix. As a parent, cabin...
Our family loves eeking every last moment of the summer. And having a few more adventures and experiences to look forward to seems to help the transition for our little one back into the rhythms of school. Many kids can experience the September slump and become more anxious or struggle with behavior as they come to terms with the idea that summer is really over. And, to be honest, as a family of teachers, we sometimes feel the same way!
This was all supposed to be fun. Where did we go wrong? It was a perfect beach day on paper. We planned our beach trip around the coolest time on the hottest day. We scheduled our drive to avert nap disaster and beach traffic. Despite our best efforts, we somehow committed a parenting failure. 
I love summer! I love how the weather is warmer, the traffic is lighter, and everyone just seems happier. I love how many things there are to do and places to see — not just in Boston, but venturing...
No summer is complete without frozen treats. And lots of 'em! I don't expect to hear many arguments on that, so without further ado, here is a roundup of summer recipes for cool treats you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
What are you drinking this summer? Other than half my weight in water, my choice is margaritas. Not sweet, not spicy, no salt. Just a plain margarita. If you've been looking for the perfect summer drink, try my margarita recipe!
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a picnic lunch or supper at the playground, a town concert, or wherever your day takes you. The last thing I want to do after daycare pickup on a beautiful day is get stuck inside cooking dinner. So I've been on the hunt for easy, portable foods my kids enjoy. Here are a few of our go-to meals, packing tips, and items to keep stocked in the fridge during summer picnic season. 
Sometimes, the idea of reading a whole book can feel overwhelming to a reluctant reader, no matter the length of the book. For some kids, convincing them to read a magazine, or even part of a magazine, will be a much easier sell. Graphic novels can similarly draw in reluctant readers due to the high volume of images per page, often decreasing reading anxiety and increasing interest level.
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