HistoryTraditions & Celebrations

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #4: Mothering Sunday

England, 18th century “THE Word Lent in the Saxon Tongue signifies Spring, and because this Time of Fasting begins in the Spring, it therefore borrows its Name from the Season, and is called Lent. THIS Fast is of such great Antiquity, that it seems to have been used from the …


The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #3: The 10 Items You Absolutely MUST Have for Your New Infant!

England, ca 1800 – 1900 This is such an exciting time to have a new baby! Advances in technology and manufacturing mean that many goods such as lace, textiles, and even embroidery that heretofore could only be produced by laborious handwork can now be made in impressive quantities and varieties …

Race, Ethnicity & CultureTraditions & Celebrations

Don’t Be Scary This Halloween

It’s that time of year again. Time to watch the leaves change, put on cozy sweaters and put pumpkin pie spice in everything. At our house, it’s also time to pick out or make Halloween costumes. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I LOVE It. And …


Who Says You Can’t Get a Drink in Utah?

People say you can’t get a drink in Utah. It makes sense–Utah is full of Mormons and Mormons are known for their rules against drinking (and smoking, and coffee . . . being Mormon sucks). Utah really does have some of the most restrictive liquor laws in the United States, but it’s …

Infant in mother's lap, chewing on spoon.

Tidbit Tuesdays: What to Feed the Baby?

Today I thought it would be fun to look at some of various mixtures and techniques people had for feeding babies off the breast back in the day. (Examples provided are brief excerpts, click on the links or embedded text for more information. Note: please do NOT feed your infant …


Tidbit Tuesdays: On the Exposure and Abandonment of Children in the Past

We’ve all grown up with the assumption that at various times throughout history and back into ancient times that parents regularly left children out in the wild, exposed, and soon to be eaten by wolves or die from lack of care and local weather conditions. In the book “The Kindness …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)EducationStep Families

Teaching Moments

My middle-school aged stepson came home with a new project recently. He had to give a presentation on a historical figure who had left an impact on the world. The list of notable individuals to choose from was long and varied, including kings and queens, world leaders, sports heroes, scientists, …