Santa, Yoda, and the Persistence of Childhood Magic

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(via) Occasionally my beareded husband Daniel drops in with a post. But they don't typically highlight how intensely awesome nerdy he is, so you're in luck with this one! Enjoy. - Haley This isn’t a post about whether you should do Santa or not (disclaimer: we don’t). I want to get that out of the way since this has curiously become a very heated discussion. Instead, I want to critique an … [Read more...]

8 Reasons Molly Weasley Is a Great Literary Mama

Since becoming a mother, I read my favorite children’s books with different eyes. I find myself more interested in Marmee than Jo March and more fascinated by Caroline Ingalls than by Laura. One of my favorite mamas from literature is Molly Weasley. But what exactly makes this stay-at-home mom of seven so admirable? I’m sharing why I think she's so great in honor of Mother's Day coming up this … [Read more...]

Why Your Kids Need to Read Harry Potter

Warning: I’ve tried to be vague and keep spoilers at a minimum, but if you don’t want to know ANYTHING about the plot, be warned that this post contains allusions to themes and plot events.   Confession: I have loved the Potter series since I was 12 years old. I grew up with Rowling’s books and they continue to delight me. I cannot wait until my children are old enough to delve into … [Read more...]

10 Books You Must Read to Your Son

After 10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter, I thought the boys were getting rather left out. Having never been a boy, this list didn't come as naturally. But, being the mother of a boy it seems equally important. Basically, I want my son to be a confident, thoughtful, compassionate, strong-minded, and virtuous man like Mr. Knightley, not a weak, desire-driven, selfish cad like Willoughby. So … [Read more...]

10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter (Or How to Keep Your Daughter From Ending Up Like That Horrid Girl in Twilight)

10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter (Or, How to Keep Your Daughter from Ending Up Like that Horrid Girl in Twilight)

So now we have a baby daughter. Look how she slumbers. She doesn’t even know that I stay up at night worrying about her self-image. And, oh horrors! What if someday she wants to read Stephanie Meyer’s literary atrocity, the Twilight series? You know the one, the books featuring a non-descript female protagonist who, in addition to having no interests or talents of any kind (other than smelling … [Read more...]

Hogwarts (Finally!)

Last week Daniel took me on a little getaway to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter--a vacation we've wanted to take since the park opened. We were all geared up to go last January but postponed our trip when we discovered I was pregnant with Lucy and couldn't go on any of the rides. Anyhow it was delightful. The Hogwarts ride is pretty awesome and it's great fun to meander through … [Read more...]