Posts Tagged ‘ parenting ’

Article: Best Kid Attractions in Old City Philly

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Here’s the first installment in a short series I’m writing about kid-friendly attractions in Philadelphia, this one focused on Old City. It’s also giving us an excuse to check out a lot of places we’ve never gone before!

The Best Attractions for Kids in Historic Philadelphia

Video: The Fitting

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The second of three poems I read for the Lansdowne Public Library in April, this one based on my experience getting KFP fitted for a ringbearer suit. One of favorites!



Article: Fun Children’s Book Authors

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In one of my most recent stories, I shared some of our favorite children’s book authors.

Three Children’s Authors Who Make Reading Fun

Article: Toys That Encourage Creative Play

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Here’s part two of my two-parter about toys that encourage creative play. Enjoy!

Role-Playing Toys to Encourage Creative Play

Article: Children’s Summer Programming in Philly

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I put this together based on research I did about what to do with KFP this summer!

Summer Children’s Programming in Philadelphia Area

Article: Creative Building, Transportation Toys

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ideas for encouraging creativity through building and transportation toys. This article turned around really fast: I wrote it Friday!

Building and Transportation Toys to Encourage Creative Play

Article: Kid’s Party Places in Philly

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

My latest on Yahoo! provides ideas for children’s parties in Philly based on my research while planning my son’s 4th birthday party.

More Kid’s Party Places in Philly Area

Article: Tips for Picky Eaters

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I hope this article turns out to be useful for other parents. We are gradually expanding KFP’s palate.

How I Entice My Picky Eater to Try New Foods

Article: What Dads Want for Father’s Day

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

In my new article on the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dads speak up about what they want for Father’s Day. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: What Dads Really Want

Making a Place for Poetry as a Mom

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I often tell people that I founded Wild Violet because a poetry instructor had once inspired me to “make a place for poetry in the world.” As poets, he told us, we had to do more than simply submit our work to literary magazines. Instead, it was our role to help create make poetry more integral to society. That is part of why I created an online literary quarterly: because I wanted it to be more accessible to readers.

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve got a new goal. I want to introduce my son to poetry and show him how beautiful and, yes, fun it can be. Before he was even born, one of my oldest friends gave me “A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children,” a collection edited by Caroline Kennedy.

While he was a newborn, I read anything to him, just so he could hear language. That book was one of the first things I read to him. It has been shelved for a little while, since he has been hard on his board books and it is a beautiful, hardback edition. Yet, he is now gentle enough with paper pages that I can read to him from it without fearing that he would suddenly hit the page and tear it.

This same friend has also given me numerous other poetry books, many of them retired from the library where she worked until recently. I also took a book from our local library lately, “The Usborne Book of Poems for Little Children.” It’s got colorful illustrations and simple poems that are better geared towards a child his age.

I’m also probably going to buy for him “The Random House Book of Poetry for Children,” edited by Jack Prelutsky, which I just purchased for my 7-year-old nephew’s birthday.

At this point, my 20-month-old son is just beginning to speak and to recognize some letters. But I’m hoping that, by introducing him to poetry early, I will help to make a place for poetry in his life.

What poetry books would you recommend for young children? (Or, indeed, for adults?)

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