All the Feels: Back to School Emotions

Preparing for a new school year provides an opportunity to do more than get new backpacks, shoes, and notebooks. It’s an excellent time to help your child explore and talk about emotions and mental health. Many of us experience anxiety when we encounter change, and returning to school can mean significant changes—new routines, new teachers, […]

Read More

6 Reasons to Read to Your Pet

Once upon a time, an emerging reader stumbled over words. She hated reading aloud in class, and when she tried to read to her family, they constantly interrupted the story to correct her mistakes. She decided she hated reading until one day, her kitten, Theo, asked her to read him a book. He really did. […]

Read More

Kids Who Volunteer

Summer is an ideal time to introduce your children to volunteering. Children (really people of all ages) who volunteer: Learn empathy for others Discover new interests and develop new skills Learn teamwork Discover the value of community Learn to notice and respond to needs. Volunteering means freely offering to do something. Look for opportunities for […]

Read More

Let’s Go Camping!

Let’s go camping!  Yeah, right, you think as you imagine rainy hours stuck in a leaky tent with the family. But if you’re feeling adventurous, consider a summer camping expedition (hint: an expedition can be hours, not days) with the kids. To help you get started, we offer these tips we’ve gleaned from experts far […]

Read More

Traveling With My Son

In 2016, Night Buddies Author Sands Hetherington wrote an article about traveling with his son for the Good Man Project. As we celebrate the official start of summer, this might inspire you to take a road trip with kids! Excerpt: I don’t know if this is the best piece of parenting advice out there, but […]

Read More

Play in the Dirt!

Summer’s nearly here, which means it’s time to play in the dirt! Gardening is an excellent activity that can add fun and structure to summer. Gardening offers the opportunity to research, plan, take outings to garden centers and community gardens, plant and care for plants, and learn about nature. In addition, daily gardening chores can […]

Read More

Cool Things to Do with Kid’s Art

It’s Mother’s Day which means that many moms will be receiving handmade gifts from their littles. We’ve scoured Pinterest, Etsy, and mommy bloggers for creative ways to display, wear, and enjoy these creations. Display it! You can create a gallery wall of children’s art with simple frames or picture rails. Hang pictures with Command Strips […]

Read More

Saying Goodbye to Elementary School

Many of John and Crosley’s favorite readers are fifth graders. When this school year comes to a close in a few short weeks, they will be saying goodbye to elementary school. This is an exciting transition; emotions may run from happy to nervous to happy again and even a little sad. To help your student […]

Read More

Master the Bedtime Story

Perhaps you’ve heard the lore about how the Night Buddies’ adventures started as bedtime stories made up by Sands Hetherington and his John. Five years ago, we investigated what it takes to become a master at crafting nighttime tales. So grab a pillow and blanket and settle in as we review that conversation with Sands. […]

Read More

March Basketball Fun with Mid Graders

It’s that time of year when people who pay no attention to college basketball suddenly can’t get enough. Productivity and focus decrease as people watch college men and women shoot half-court shots and buzzer-beaters during the NCAA basketball tournaments. If you can’t look away from the action, include your middle-grade kids in the fun. The […]

Read More

Wacky Holidays to Celebrate in 2023

Who doesn’t love a good holiday? It’s fun to look forward to special days and to plan special celebrations. But don’t limit yourself to the BIG holidays; pick some unusual, lesser-known holidays and observances and incorporate them into your 2023 plans. HolidaysandObservances.com offers hundreds of suggestions, but we’ve listed a few of our favorites for […]

Read More

Create a Reading Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are more popular than ever! You can find calendars that count the days to Christmas with socks, chocolates, pet treats, and Lego figures. But you can start one of the best advent countdown traditions at home with a story advent calendar. First, decide how many days you want to count down to Christmas. […]

Read More