T.A. Barron's Merlin Camp
Apr 2016
11

Merlin Camp in Boulder

I was very lucky to work with author T.A. Barron last summer on his web site. Not only is he a very talented writer, he is a very nice person. When I heard he was starting Merlin Camp in Boulder this summer, I was very sad my son is now too old to attend.

If you have not heard of him, T. A. Barron is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin Saga, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. The Lost Years of Merlin was recently optioned for a major motion picture by Disney, with screenplay by Philippa Boyens (one of the screenwriters for the Lord of the Rings films). Continue reading…

Parent Hacks Book Tips
Apr 2016
05

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life

For those paying attention, that is not the correct title of the book. Asha Dornfest‘s collection of tips is actually called Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life With Kids. And yes, most of these tips are directly related to parenting, pregnancy and children. But lots of them are little nuggets of wisdom that just make sense for everyday life.

Squish toilet paper rolls a bit to slow them down. Put cupcake liners in your car’s cupholder to catch debris.

What?! So darn smart.

The Parent Hacks I Wish I’d Had

My son is nearly 14 going on 40, so I read many of the baby tips with a trace of regret. Like bouncing on an exercise ball to soothe a fussy baby? Core tummy strength would have been an added bonus.

The book itself is a compact, quick read – and super cute. Craighton Berman‘s illustrations are a perfect companion for the accumulation of ideas after 10 years of blogging at Parent Hacks.

I have been a long-time fan of Asha and I’m also so proud to call her my friend. I’m now thrilled to have a fun, practical book to gift other friends who are in the trenches of parenting.

Cheers!

Parent Hacks - Genius Tips for Parenting Book

Nature Cat TV Show from PBS KIDS
Jan 2016
13

Nature Cat in the New Year

One of my favorite new PBS KIDS shows will have a new special on January 18th! NATURE CAT is all about the outdoor adventures of a goofy house cat. It packs a whole lot of environmentalism and physical activity into a television show, which is a weird concept, I know. But Fred and his friends encourage kids to “play the show” – meaning, take the skills they learn and go outside to use them. Like my kid who has grown up in downtown Denver, Nature Cat loves the outdoors but isn’t quite sure what to do there. I love the mix of humor, adventure and great animation that encourages all of us to be brave. Not surprising since the show was created by the Rudman Brothers, of Cookie Monster and Jack’s Big Music Show fame. Heart emoji.

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Nature Cat from PBS KIDS
May 2015
20

New PBS KIDS Show: Nature Cat

Adam & David Rudman - Nature CatLast week, I was honored to attend the PBS Annual Meeting where PBS and PBS KIDS preview the upcoming season for all their stations and the media. Media, including a group of bloggers like myself who specialize in stalking PBS KIDS shows and their characters.

Did you know that David Rudman, the man behind Cookie Monster, also has an animation studio with his brother Adam? That studio created the amazing Jack’s Big Music Show. And they have a new show in the works called NATURE CAT. I can’t wait for this one to come out because I know my whole family will love it.

The brothers noticed that this generation of kids are less about playing outside and more about playing on screens, so they want Nature Cat to be all about a love of nature. A television show telling you to get outside? YES! Nature Cat will model behaviors they hope that kids will pick up on, but will also provide small screen activities like a scavenger hunt app. Continue reading…