Us Southern gals are a different breed. We talk with a drawl, love our sweet tea, and take our manners as seriously as we take our football. In fact, we’d venture to say that if you grew up in the South or have made the South your home for the last decade, you’ve probably picked up some of these uniquely Southern traditions that make life in the South so special and so fun. Continue reading
Reading is an integral part of the childhood experience, and every family should keep a good stock of books available for their children to dive into. Along with fostering creativity, reading furthers brain development and is just plain fun. You can even make reading into an exciting routine for your little ones by creating a fun reading nook in their bedroom or playroom.
But what books should you stock up on? We think every family should own these 8 classic kids books. Which ones do you have, and which ones would you add to our list?
- Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingles Wilder’s classic series, Little House on the Prairie is set in the the 1870s and follows the life Laura Ingles as a child growing up in the Midwest. The nine series novel isn’t ideal for toddlers or younger kids, but it’s great for family reading time for 6 years old and up.
- The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – We don’t know if there’s another series that’s as timeless as Winnie-the-Pooh. A.A. Milne’s tale of a teddy bear that lives in the Ashdown Forest and has adventures with his human friend, Christopher Robin (who was actually modeled after Milne’s son). The tales are sweet and cuddly, and make for perfect bedtime stories.
- The Little Prince – The Little Prince is also one of those books that is a timeless classic, and a great story too. Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and originally written in French, The Little Prince has been translated into almost every known language and is a children’s classic around the world. This story is really best for older children, around 3rd to 4th grade, especially if they’re reading it themselves.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – A Mad Hatter at a tea party, the Queen of Hearts, a Cheshire Cat and falling down a rabbit hole? What child wouldn’t love Lewis Carroll’s imaginative world full of silly characters and off-the-wall adventures?
- Velveteen Rabbit – The Velveteen Rabbit is an oldie, but goodie from way back in 1922. The tale is about a toy Velveteen Rabbit that’s given to a little boy as a present. And the rabbit sits in the playroom with all of the other toys waiting for the day that the boy chooses him to play with. It’s widely known for its beautiful illustrations and is considered a great read for kids aged 3 and up.
- The Complete Adventures of Curious George – Ah Curious George. Always getting himself into trouble. A silly monkey that finds himself in silly situations is pretty relatable for toddlers and early elementary school kids alike. The only downside is that these books might give your kiddos some ideas about how to get into mischief.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – It’s probably safe to say that almost everyone has seen the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie at this point, but there’s probably a larger group that hasn’t actually read the book. And that’s a shame, because there are so many great nuances found in the writing that don’t necessarily translate onto the big screen. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is just a fun read for early to mid elementary school students.
- Goodnight Moon – Goodnight Moon is the quintessential bedtime book for toddlers. It’s illustrations are bright and fun to look at, the writing is short and easy to grasp, and it’s a good learning opportunity for 2-3 year olds who are learning new words and phrases.
Back-to-school supplies have been bought and school is officially back in session, but have you made plans for those lazy Fall weekends when the kids start getting restless? If you’re in the Charleston area, you can take advantage of some of these great fall activities for kids. Continue reading
Summer is a great time to relax and spend quality time with the kids, but it can also throw off schedules and cause kids to forget everything they spent the last 10 months learning. So how do you help them retain all of the important subjects and lessons they covered in school and have fun at the same time? Educational games for kids that provide entertainment and learning! Here are three games that are perfect for summer boredom. Continue reading
Is it easy finding things to do to keep kids busy during the summer? Ask any mom and she’ll tell you the same thing: no way! Finding activities for the little ones and keeping them out of trouble is enough work. So why not create an activity that’s fun for the whole family to enjoy?
There are all types of DIY home movie theatres online, but it’s actually a lot easier than it looks. It does require purchasing a few pieces of equipment, but overall it’s a great setup to have for the future outdoor movie night. Here’s how to create one in your backyard. Continue reading
It’s not even mid-July, which means there’s plenty of time to pack up the kids and head to the beach. In fact, if you’re in the Southern US, you’ve got plenty of beach time left – even after school begins again! But beach trips aren’t created equal, and having the right summer accessories for your beach trip can make it infinitely more pleasurable. So what types of summer accessories are must-haves for a beach trip with the kids? We’ve got a roundup below! Continue reading
Summer time is great – no more waking up early to take kids to school, family vacations to the beach, and lots and lots of free time for the kids to participate in summer activities. That is, until boredom hits. Any seasoned parent knows that once the newness of summer of wears off, the kids can get a little bored. That’s why we’ve rounded up 50 fun summer activities for kids that will keep them entertained all summer long! Continue reading
If there’s one part of childhood that we really miss, it’s spending the day together as a family and going to see a movie. Those days were filled with fun and laughter, and now that we’re parents we like to think that we owe some of those same experiences to our kids. So pop some popcorn and que up Netflix, and schedule a marathon family movie night with these awesome and classic kids movies.
Based on the book, Mary Poppins is a classic, telling the story of a wealthy British banker, his two children, and the eccentric nanny that he hires to take care of them. The kids embark on all kinds of adventures with Mary Poppins, and the father learns a few things too! The movie is set in the early 1930s in London, England and features Julie Andrews in her first major role – this movie launched her career.
If you’re a child of the 80s, you undoubtedly saw this sci-fi flick in the theatres. Decades later, it’s managed to stand the test of time, and now it’s considered a cinematic classic – both for its story and for the effects (which were state-of-the-art back in 1982). E.T. (an alien that gets stranded on Earth) befriends a young boy and his sister who help it get back home, while hiding it from his parents and the government.
You’re never really too old to enjoy the story of The Wizard of Oz – even though the movie has been out for over 75 years now. Chock full of catchy tunes and quotable quotes, The Wizard of Oz also won a ton of awards, including seven Academy Awards.
Toy Story seems like a newer movie, but can you believe it actually came out in the mid 90s? Seriously, it came out in 1995. Toy Story is a great kids movie that follows the story of Woody – a pull-string stuffed cowboy toy that talks and his ongoing feud with his owner’s new replacement toy Buzz Lightyear – a fancy space action figure.
Released in 1950, Cinderella is a classic tale and even though it’s been redone a million times, there’s still nothing like the original animated Disney version. The classic Cinderella story is fun and fantastical, which makes it perfect for family viewing.
What are your favorite kids movies? Did we leave some out? Let us know in the comments!
Living in a city like Charleston, you learn pretty quickly to appreciate food. There’s no shortage of delicious eateries here from nationally renowned James Beard winning (that means fancy pants) restaurants to some of the best hole-in-the-wall seafood shacks this side of the Mississippi. But dining with kids isn’t means that hitting up that $100 a plate once-in-a-lifetime dinner isn’t always a possibility. Instead, you have to choose a place with a kid-friendly menu and an atmosphere that will be supportive (or at least pretend to be) if your child prefers to wear the pasta, instead of eat it. Continue reading
Charleston is a city with an irresistible charm. From the history, to the wealth of activities and sports for the outdoors enthusiasts, there’s pretty much something for everything. But for those of us that grew up here, Charleston isn’t so much of a place as it is a way of life and a set of shared experiences. With that said, there are a few experiences that almost feel unique to Charleston, and if you grew up here or have lived here for a while, you’ll probably agree. These four signs are a surefire signal that you were born and raised in this charming little port city. Continue reading