Feature

Rock on

Area music camps and schools unleash inner rock stars

No Comments 20 December 2011

Children learn to love music at a young age, dancing in Kindermusik classes and library story times, and while watching the “Imagination Movers” or “Sesame Street” on television. In some, their passion for music extends for years, serving as an outlet for much teen angst and rebellion. For others, it instills discipline and sticktuitiveness. Music […]

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Hump Day Humor

She’s not the boss of me!

At least that’s what I keep telling myself

No Comments 01 September 2010

I have been a parent for about five-and-a-half years now, which if you crunch the numbers, comes out to be about only 5.8 percent of my life. And as a gumshoe-level parent, I sometimes cling to made-up truths about child-rearing in order to feel like I have the stamina to make it through a particularly […]

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Green Bean

The treat store

Stepping away from high-fructose corn syrup takes some will power

No Comments 01 September 2010

I was thrilled when the Yogurt Tap opened in Decatur, but I had to have a hysterical mom moment before I embraced the place my 3-year-old daughter now calls the Treat Store. I composed a brief, desperate e-mail to the owner: “Is your product sweetened with corn syrup? No judgment, just wondering!” She immediately responded […]

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Media Review

In a Big Warehouse, by Imagination Movers

No Comments 01 September 2010

This is not like other Disney CDs we have in our collection. The Imagination Movers pull from the influences of their teenage years: “old funk, new wave, cool grooves, a little bit of punky stuff, Big Country.” So this is stuff parents won’t mind listening to. You may even catch yourself singing along, with or […]

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Media Review

Tiny Neighbors, by Maryn Mills and Matt Whitmore

No Comments 01 September 2010

These tunes about backyard animals are catchy without being grating, educational without being boring. Characters range from the sweet, such as a red bird and lightning bug, to the slimy, such as a toad, snail and slug. My 3-year-old loves every song. The title track is her favorite. “Slimy neighbors slinking by the front door […]

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Media Review

Take it Outside, by Okee Dokee Brothers

No Comments 01 September 2010

How about some “Bluegrass for Breakfast”? This album — full of banjos, fiddles and acoustic guitar — is high energy, catchy and educational. What’s the longest word in the English language? “Antidisestablishmentarianism,” of course. The Okee Dokee Brothers helpfully point out that it has 28 letters, more than the alphabet! And then another fantastic feat: […]

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Media Review

This is Fun!, by Caspar Babypants

No Comments 01 September 2010

Caspar Babypants sounds familiar because you’ve heard the singer before. Only then as the lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America. Chris Ballew has put out his third album of catchy, upbeat children’s tunes. They’re reminiscent of the simplicity of his rock ‘n’ roll songs (think “Peaches”). In addition to originals […]

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Media Review

Free-Range Kids, by Lenore Skenazy

No Comments 01 September 2010

Our parents didn’t worry like we do, right? And maybe we can cool it too. Bring your anxiety level down with Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry). This super readable volume manages to pull apart the fears parents have, from abduction on down, and it shows that there’s […]

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Media Review

Moon Rabbit, by Natalie Russell

No Comments 01 September 2010

A recent New York Times article claimed that pictures books have declined in popularity in recent years. That’s a shame, because vibrant, fun and sophisticated picture books with modern stories to tell are being released in a steady stream and are worthy of attention. A recent example is Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russell. The simple, […]

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Media Review

The Seven Silly Eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman

No Comments 01 September 2010

If you’ve ever read to your kids at all, you know that children’s authors tend to take a whole lot of liberty with their rhymes. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Margaret Wise Brown, but rhyming moon with … moon? I call shenanigans. Enter The Seven Silly Eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman. Both […]

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Atomic Family

The Soler family

No Comments 01 September 2010

Jessica Soler and her three kids love animals. And it shows. At their Tudor-style home in Decatur, there are dogs Bear and Bijou, a mouse named Jerry, two frogs and fish in the koi pond. The family loves Decatur because of its friendly neighbors, as well as being able to walk anywhere they want to […]

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Dining Out

Corner Tavern makes fancy restaurants seem unnecessary

No Comments 01 September 2010

Most places with “tavern” in the name aren’t first-stops for those with kids in tow. But if you’ve ever tried to get a good burger in Little 5 Points with your kids, you know that the Corner Tavern is one of the only spots in the ’hood that will allow the little ones. They have […]

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