When you turn off of Harbor road in Shelburne onto the winding dirt path that will lead you to New Village Farm, one of the first things you’ll see is a sign that reads: You Belong. Having spent a...
When I discuss inventions, I love to ask why it’s important to let kids take things apart: "If you were to design a drill to drill into rocks on Mars, how would you know what to build?" I’m an aerospace engineer,...
The end of summer is in sight, and our Vermont summer bucket list is in the bag! Vermont summer activities are so much fun. And let’s face it, summer here is short-lived. I like to plan my family’s sparkling summer...
When I receive the phone call from the snowboard instructor, I know the routine fielding this type of call. My son was having behavioral issues, crying, melting down, and not being able to follow directions, and I needed to...
My daughter went to sleepaway camp for the first time this summer. I had been to sleepaway camp myself as a kid, but the nineties were a long time ago! While some things have stayed the same, other things have...
Here I am, approaching my late 30s, glaring in the mirror at a face that’s a little different than it was ten years ago. Heck, it’s probably different than it was a year ago. Three kids and a pandemic...
  My daughter leads with her belly. I’ve spent the past thirty years sucking mine in. She’s just about at that age this process will begin. I want to find the crossroads, the very spot at which she turns from...
We’ve all seen Dirty Dancing, right? Watching Dirty Dancing while belting out the words to every song is a summer tradition in my family. And even if you haven’t seen the movie, or heard my rendition of “Stay” sung...
The first time my son said, “Mom, can I have some money?” I knew we were in trouble. My husband and I had yet to decide how to handle the allowances-chores-saving-spending money vortex with our children. By some small...
My family is on the precipice of another major life change: I’m finally making the leap to establish my own business while my husband is beginning a new job. It all feels so exciting, as our prospects for financial...
There’s nothing like the smell of a dairy farm in the morning. If you grew up in rural Vermont, it’s a familiar smell and not one most of us recoil from. It’s sort of comforting, in a way, and...
My mom still lives in my childhood home. She won't be there for long, though. By next year, she will be moving into a new place, in a new town, with my brother and sister-in-law. The house is nothing special...
I have Googled variations of “kid-friendly activities near me” countless times and always end up short-handed. The results are invariably the same: too expensive or too old for my preschool-age kid. I then make my way over to Pinterest...
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more and more information has been shared about how to keep you and your family safe. Information is coming at us from all directions and sometimes it can be tough to know what to...

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